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How To Behave In An Internet Forum

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Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Fishin'

Fishin'  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Instructor's Notebook: PROpenMic At Six Months

Instructor's Notebook: PROpenMic At Six Months

Cross-posted from Authenticities:
Auburn University's Robert French is to be congratulated for what he's accomplished with PROpenMic. In just six months, the site stacks up quite favorably in every measure to the likes of myragan.com (the closest thing I can compare it to) and even some other well-known PR-focused sites.

I'll let Robert's analysis speak for itself. For my part, there are a number of lessons for all PR...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Quick Update

Quick Update

So, I spent some time here:



Met this way-cool guy:  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

The Fairness Doctrine Is Not A PR Tactic

The Fairness Doctrine Is Not A PR Tactic

PR Week discusses the quite inappropriately dubbed "Fairness Doctrine" and basically ends with the the following message in the form of a quote by Chris Battle of the Adfero Group: PR people can use this crusty old regulatory idea to browbeat broadcasters into covering their clients.

From the article:
However unlikely its reimplementation, Battle adds that the Fairness Doctrine – even if applied only to now-conservative-dominated talk radio – could benefit the PR sector.

If the measure were to gain passage, PR firms could, in theory, demand airtime for their clients, he says.

“In a sense, it could...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

2009: Hoping For Audacity, Believing We Can Change

2009: Hoping For Audacity, Believing We Can Change



From the Edelman Digital blog:

The first few years of my PR career in Silicon Valley were marked by a singular frustration — most PR professionals did not aspire to be, nor were they particularly expected to be, as driven to innovate in their own field as their clients were in theirs.


"Just get into the Journal," seemed the dictum. "Everything else is secondary."


For a number of reasons so tangential to this story as to be distracting, the advent of social media is what kept me in public relations at a point in 2001 when I asked myself "Is this all that there is?" Years later, I'm glad to see there's a lot more. A hell of a lot more.


For what it's worth, 2009 will be the year when real innovation starts to come back into PR — not in the relatively...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Media Postions GM PR Adviser As 'Auto Analyst', While Arrington Derails PR's Focus

Media Postions GM PR Adviser As 'Auto Analyst', While Arrington Derails PR's Focus

Yuck:

CBS’s 'The Early Show' included a statement in its Dec. 18 report on the Big 3 bailout from 'auto industry analyst,' Dan McGinn. Letting the massive car companies fail 'would be like 10 Katrinas hitting America at the same time,' McGinn asserted. 'The American public understands that.'

What the report didn’t say is that McGinn is also an adviser to General Motors. Furthermore, TMG Strategies the public relations firm McGinn heads, lists GM as a client. McGinn has been making the case for an auto bailout in many news stories and issuing some compelling statements on behalf of his client.

You'd think media organizations would know the difference before booking such a guest.

And, yet,  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Dear Government: The News Media Doesn't Need You

On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission is going to begin offering workshops for media organizations entitled "Can News Media Survive the Internet Age? Competition, Consumer Protection, and First Amendment Perspectives."

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

For one thing, it's unclear how the FTC reconciles the delivery of this seminar with its self-stated mandate of working "for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them." Lacking a "Ministry of Information" in the U.S. I suppose this had to be filed somewhere.

For another... Any media outlet that lets in the government, in any form, loses a proportionate share of its credibility. At that point, you might as well call it a "newsletter" or, less charitably, "propaganda."

The First Amendment implications,...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Blaming The Victim

An exchange today, reacting to a press release about a topic that I have never been even remotely interested in:

Sammy Spamalot: [Insert spray-and-pray release here.]

Phil: Please take me off of your list

Sammy: Use the unsubscribe link in the email please

Phil: Way to blame the victim, dude.

Sammy: Thanks Phil, it would just take me ages to find your addres in our database.

Phil: Probably no more time than it took for me to fish your note out of the trash and find the link, I'd imagine.
Almost as good as the time the PR person told me that she was blameless and advised that I call the company that sold them their media list.  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Government to Kneecap Innovation

From The Wall Street Journal:
In the Treasury financial reform proposal, who comes in for more regulatory retooling: Fannie Mae, or your average 14-man venture capital shop? If you said venture capital, you understand why one of America’s greatest competitive advantages is now at risk in Washington.
It's clear to me that government isn't interested in solving problems but, rather, interested in "problems" it can "solve."

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Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Semper (Wi)Fi? Not so much...

I don't mean to spend my two most recent posts picking on our armed forces (which I do have a very deep respect for), but this strikes me as a little crazy:
The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

“These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries,” reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday. “The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise."
In any event,...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Dear Government: The Venture Capital Industry Doesn't Need You Either

Sorry... My Libertarianism has been showing the past couple of days. *blush*

Fruit-smashing comedian Gallagher used to joke that "If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' then 'Congress' is the opposite of 'progress.'"

I can hardly disagree, given how our legislators are considering applying regulatory burdens on venture capital.

From the always-insightful Techdirt:
In a recent Congressional hearing where venture capitalist Trevor Loy explained this to our elected officials, Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky apparently told Loy that he didn't believe him...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

One Vinod Khosla Is Worth 20 Al Gores

From The NYT:
Vinod Khosla, the prominent venture capitalist who has been investing hundreds of millions of his own dollars in green technology companies for the last several years, will now invest other people’s money, too.

Khosla Ventures, the firm he founded in 2004 after leaving Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is announcing on Tuesday that it has raised $1.1 billion in two funds that will invest in green technology and information technology start-ups.

This is the largest amount raised by a venture capital firm since 2007 and the largest first-time fund raised since 1999, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
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Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Moving On

I've blogged my last here and have moved on to a new site, Where the Fishermen Ain't. Of course, I can also be found in all of the usual places.  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

NYT Profile On Jolie's Media Management Shows Profession Has A Long Way To Go

NYT Profile On Jolie's Media Management Shows PR Profession Has A Long Way To Go

I'm still not sure whether The New York Times was repulsed or intrigued by the fact that that Angelina Jolie exhibits greater media savvy than the average Hollywood type, taking more than 1,500 words to tell its very literate readership what it already intuitively (or explicitly) knows about celebrity PR.

Where The Old Gray Lady sees a "carefully orchestrated image", I see a very smart woman who has a greater level of media savvy than the average actor or actress. Like Princess Di, Jolie also knows that she can channel interest in her celebrity life to bring attention to the topics and world issues she cares about.

Putting aside for the...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Sad

Sad



At a volunteers' meeting at UIC tonight, I noticed that this Silicon Graphics O2 workstation was serving as a doorstop in one of the Science & Engineering Lab's rooms.

Funny thing was, I hadn't yet heard the news that SGI was sold to Rackable Systems for $25 million.

Remember when SGI was synonymous with "Hollywood blockbuster?"

What a long, strange trip it's been.  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Yesterday, 1:12pm

Poland Day In Silicon Valley - May 15 Stanford University

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 16, 8:10pm

Celebrating The Life Of Daniel Jabbour: An Intersection Of Psychedelics And Technology

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 16, 7:06pm

Wearables: Putting Technology Second - Humans First

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 15, 7:02pm

CultureWatch: The Fading Fashion Of Google Glass - Too Gauche For Social

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 12, 10:16pm

Victoria Espinel - Leading The Fight Against Bad Laws Restricting Digital Technologies

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 11, 5:55pm

Matt Taibbi: 'Emotional Language' Is Important In Reporting Outrageous Events

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 11, 4:05pm

Gild Says Algorithms Can Lift People Out Of Poverty

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 10, 9:46pm

The Big Dow Drop Meets The Nanny Index

The Big Dow Drop Meets The Nanny Index

I recently read David Harsanyi's excellent book Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children. It was a thoughtful birthday gift from my folks, who thoughtfully indulge my libertarian bent with such works.

In this book, Harsanyi says that the five most frightening words than can be uttered by the typical U.S. government official are "Something needs to be done."

Starting last Friday and cresting today thanks to the stalled mega-bailout, that devilish phrase is at a six-month all-time...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

In Defense Of The "Purist"

In Defense Of The "Purist"

I while ago, I was having lunch with my friend "Bart" whose supervisor "James" had left the firm he worked for at the time. Naturally, this meant that Bart had to take on some of his former boss's responsibilities — some considerable shoes to fill.

James was a leader in this company's online communications strategy, not just because of his considerable technical knowledge but, rather, the instincts he developed over a period of time.

During one of the necessary transition meetings, Bart had a meeting with James' former boss.

"The thing is about James was," the boss said. "He was just too much of a purist."

Considering Bart and James were pretty much parallel philosophically, this wasn't such good news for my friend. Bart would leave the firm soon afterward.

Since Bart told me this story, I've been asking myself, "What did James' former boss mean?"

It occurs to me that there are some...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

Having A "Message" Is Fine, It's "Messaging" That Sucks

Having A "Message" Is Fine, It's "Messaging" That Sucks

In PR 2.0 circles, it has long been hip to say that there is no place in modern communications for a company with "messages" and that any company with "messages" is somehow lost in the digital weeds. A PR person who says otherwise is derided as a knuckle-dragging troglodyte while the supremely useless you-don't-get-it crowd gleefully jumps in and piles on.

I disagree with the premise that messages are necessarily dead. This was a fallacy that was allowed to progress because the some PR folks were too busy ingratiating themselves with a small set of influencers to think the issues and distinctions through.

If your company doesn't have a "message" — a set of clear ideas that codify how it sees itself, its industry, and the world at large — then why the hell does it even exist, let alone communicate?

Frankly, a distinction needs to be made....  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

One Name Missing From Atlantic's "End Times" Piece

One Name Missing From Atlantic's "End Times" Piece

As The Atlantic speculated about the fate of The New York Times, it occurred to me that one name was conspicuously absent from the writer's list of possible acquirers:
It’s possible that a David Geffen, Michael Bloomberg, or Carlos Slim would purchase The Times as a trophy property and spare the company some of this pain. Even Rupert Murdoch, after overpaying wildly for The Wall Street Journal, seems to be tempted by the prospect of adding The Times to his portfolio.
Why not George Soros? His net worth is not quite Michael Bloomberg's, but more than David Geffen's. Moreover, his...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

Important Updates

If you're wondering why there haven't been a lot of updates here lately, it's because of this:



But, more importantly, this:



More news as it develops... *8-)

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Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

"Lose Sight, Lose the Fight"

We're at about six months since the United States Air Force's blog-response chart made its rounds online. Since then, it has crossed my desk often.

I've always found it well-designed and comprehensive, though something has always bugged me about it. The other day, I figured out what it was.

Somewhat incredibly, it ignores the number-one rule that all combat pilots must follow: "Lose Sight, Lose the Fight."

The flaw is in the little box at the lower right-hand corner.

INFLUENCE: Focus on the most used sites related to the Air Force.

Seems narrow to me. For example, let's imagine that, say, and influencer like Robert Scoble is talking with a buddy in the Air Force. One day over coffee, the buddy says that the plane he flew in Iraq had an intermittent issue where the readouts would blink for no good reason...  Read more...

Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

Never Forget

For those of us who love freedom, this is a must-see.

More at Reason.Tv.

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Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

Serve.Gov Needs Volunteers...

...to watch the serve.gov site, presumably.



Found this evening, though I don't expect it to be up for long.

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Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

VCs, Wake Up

From peHUB about video processor startup Novafora folding yesterday:
"'VC appetite has really dried up for later-stage semiconductor companies,' says a former Novafora executive, reached at his home this morning. 'They all want to do social networking and things like that.'"
Sure, you want to go where the money is and where a quick exit can be had, but isn't that how you got into that whole mess in 2001?

NB: If we don't invest in keeping pace with Moore's Treadmill, the next-generation social network, entertainment device, toaster, or garage door opener simply won't happen.

As I told a colleague some years ago: "Dot-coms make headlines. Well and good. But science makes history."

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Phil's Blogservations, Apr 10, 1:42am

Omidyar's First Look Media Searches For Strategy

Stephanie Buckley at Poynter, reported on a meeting hosted by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of First Look Media, with “about a dozen high-profile editors, journalism educators, industry analysts, and former reporters… to listen to his vision, dissect his emerging strategy and offer advice on both.”  Read more...

Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 8, 6:20pm

Women In Tech: Award Winning Chip Scientist Kelin Kuhn

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 7, 10:09pm

Content Marketing Problems Will Lead To A Revived Media Industry

“Every company is a media company,” which is why there is a deluge of content marketing as companies struggle to produce media and build an audience.  Read more...

Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 4, 7:09pm

The News Is Not Free: 14 Journalists Murdered in 2014

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 4, 5:39pm

The Hubbies: PR Awards For Digital Creatives

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 3, 7:01pm

Egnyte: Competing With Giants In The Cloud

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Silicon Valley Watcher -at the intersection of technology and media, Apr 1, 7:21pm