Posted by Amanda Chapel
Alright, you ready for an all-out rant? You want some PR "buzz"? I'll give you buzz.
As I said in an earlier post, the wonderful Daze of Wine and Dilaudid are always followed by a deep an introspective depression. What I didn't tell you is that the tail end of the cycle is abject rage. Nerves fray. Imagine your worst hangover. You're too tired to move and too painful to stay put. Life is the TV blaring and the contrast is set to ultra high. "Mother's Little Helper" takes the edge off and God puts it back on with a vengeance. That grinding sound you hear is my teeth. It's during these times my colleagues assume well, "Amanda's on the rag." Not necessarily... but FAIR WARNING: It's tread lightly here at the Image Factory today.
So, who's in my sights? Well, unless you're new here, you pretty much know that I am particularly annoyed lately by what I call the Brokeback PR Blogger Club. That's a loose band of self-serving counter tenors who top the PR Pubsub List.
Anyway, yesterday made it crystal clear that a number of these folks need to be taken out and beaten. Severely! Here, it's one if not THE biggest stories of the year: "Former Fleishman-Hillard Execs Convicted on all Counts," and where are they? Nowhere. Not a word. And why is that? These evangelists of the "conversation"?! Because it just underscores what I've been trying to say, i.e. they're just not honest.
It's some cultural ellipsis with a glaring motive. It's the sin of omission writ large enough to be an overt act. Sure they're pretty dense but they had to go out of there way to avoid this one. And what did they talk about? Here's a sampling:
Frankly, Edelman's Gomes takes the gold again for the PR Special Olympics. What a self-serving douche. And that's really what it is all about. The only reason these "PR blogging experts" blog is to promote themselves. Issues? Real productive conversation? That's tantamount to believing that PRSA's Ethics Board has some justification to breathe our air.
Okay, let's back up. Granted I am a little hyper vigilant at the moment. Have you ever closed a bar? Remember the feeling you get when they turn the lights up? Prince charming who you've been swapping spit with in the back booth turns out to be some gap-toothed hunchback with hairy knuckles and a lazy eye? Forget that image. How about just the thought of the bright florescent lights in the dressing room at Needless Markup. Too much information or just the right amount? Marcy doesn't look good in that suit. She just doesn't.
Anyway, the question is, "why do I find the Brokeback Blogger Club so insulting?" Because they poop in my backyard for one. It's also a "club" that claims predominance. Gomes' "first blogger in PR?" Please. Their club doesn't facilitate any progress. Quite the opposite. They are just a new set of gatekeepers.
Bottom line: I think what I find most insulting is that PR was once a "creative discipline." It was. And now it's commandeered by light weights, self-aggrandizing kids, weasels and just plain bad liars. The business is particularly open to ridicule presently because that's who the business has directly or indirectly raised up as its "A" team. Sad.
It's a vicious cycle actually. Drive ya to drink. Thank God for Wine and Dilaudid.
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More self promotion in the blogosphere.. did you see these idiots clamoring that they're smart, and everyone else is not?
I thought you might like to know that a bunch of policital bloggers in the UK have just published a book in the space of 3 weeks from beginning to end. It is called The Little Red Book of Labour Sleaze, I wondered whether such a book had been published by bloggers in your country. I have all the info on my site today, also a UK version of the Bush screensaver.
I wish. Unfortunately, here the majority of the PR Blogger class have a vested interest in promoting PR. Where their agenda should be to ferret out malfeasance, they're just a new channel for the hucksters.
Thass our Avril!!
Saw photos today of her over in Cannes with Bruce Willis. She's lookin all growed-up!!
I guess we won't see her tooling around much in Shopping Malls anymore unless it's Bloomingdales or Rodeo Drive!
Funny rant* ;))