Fake blogs are fine . . .

if we know they’re fake. B.L. Ochman doesn’t agree. BTW, thanks to her blogging about the Hotel Campari campaign (promoting Italian liquor). Apparently, MRM Worldwide — the agency — has set up fake profiles on Flickr, MySpace and YouTube in conjunction with the campaign. (See Richard MacManus for details.) Ochman writes: I think this campaign…


Comments, migration and Jeff Docking

Like my brethren blogger Colin and others hosted by the remarkable Greg Brooks, I’ll be moving from MovableType to WordPress. I have no particular loyalty one way or the other, but am moving to help reduce the spambots from overloading my server. So, in the meantime, I’ve turned off comments and trackbacks. If you have…


SourceWatch must think TV journalists are S-T-U-P-I-D!

I shake my head everytime I read about the Center for Media & Democracy‘s “fake TV news” efforts.” Yeah, I know this is an old topic, but one that I don’t quite get. I understand CMD’s concern that the public might be duped to purchase something or support a cause when that topic is shown…


In PR, you can’t always say what you want

Through blogging and involvement in various discussion boards, I’ve come to the point where I expect to be able to comment on a news article or a board topic, if I so desire. Damn it! It’s my right! Well, it’s not my right, but definitely my desire to. However, being in public relations and working…


Bo Schembechler dead at 77

Okay, I’m not into reporting the news, but WXYZ in Detroit is reporting that legendary UM football coach Bo Schembechler died this morning during a taping of a “Big Ten Ticket” Show. Not to dismiss the personal tragedy of Coach Schembechler’s death and his role in college football history, but what affect will this have…


Other great points & one more question

I’ve had two or three posts whirling around in my head of late, but been a bit too tired at night to type them out. (Must be the time change.) So, I’ve been in a questioning mood. Thanks to Ed, Kami and the others who have contributed their valuable insight and $0.03. One more question,…


Milton Friedman, 94, dead

Milton Friedman, 94, died Thursday “of heart failure after being taken to hospital near his home in San Francisco,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Subscription required. (Image from http://www.ideachannel.com/Friedman.htm.) Or, search for it here. One of my two majors in college was in economics. (That’s how I was going to get rich! Ah, to…


Confidence vs. Arrogance

Is the difference in whether or not a person is confident or arrogant dependent on our individual view of that person (i.e., if we like him or her), or can those terms be objectively applied?


Newspapers should embrace the ‘net, not fight it

(UPDATED Nov. 15, approx. 9 a.m.: See end of post for a snippet of Jeff Jarvis’ take on Scheer’s idea and my $0.02.) Peter Scheer had a thought-provoking and worth-considering article in the “San Francisco Chronicle” Sunday. You can also view it at the California First Amendment Coalition, where he is executive director. (Story courtesy…


Nov. 11 is Veterans’ Day

I remember growing up and being in high school when you joined the army or other military branch to earn money for college. That was it. There was really no chance you’d see combat. I never served in the military, though my dad served a couple years in Germany in the 1950s. My wife’s dad…