Posted by Amanda Chapel
Posted by Amanda Chapel
Ever see the movie Debbie Does Dallas? C'mon, it's a porn classic! Well, for those that may have missed it, the plot focuses on a team of cheerleaders attempting to earn enough money to send Debbie to Dallas to try out for the famous Cowboys cheerleading squad. Well, I was reminded of that this week. I think we've got a sequel in the making with a funny twist. What if all of a sudden the Cowboys were no longer taking new applicants?
Certainly, the comic potential is fantastic! Nothing funnier than watching people doin' it than maybe watching professional tricksters fool themselves while lost in a maze of their own making. It's even more hysterical when the audience is all the while privy to a simple way out.
Well, apparently that drama is being performed by Debbie Weil, author of the Corporate Blogging Book, along with an A-List squad of PR blog cheerleaders.
Here, let me give you a scene; it's a riot. Okay, so last week Debbie gave a big-pep blog booster presentation at Fleishman-Hillard/Paris to an audience of French PR and marketing professionals and a few journalists. And directly following that, the F-H folks released the findings of a study that concludes that journos have no respect for blogs, rarely use them, and don't think the fad has a serious future. Seriously... I am not making this up!
Okay Okay... it gets better. This week she writes a blog entry: "What happens when a tree falls in the fôret (forest) and no blogger is there to record it? You got it. Nothing. Nada. Unfortunately, that's been the response to the presentation I gave last week on corporate blogging at the lovely offices of Fleishman-Hillard/Paris."
So basically what you've got is a tin-ear "professional" communicator and pom-pom girl pimping a solution for a non-existent problem to an otherwise occupied and disinterested audience.
STOP! STOP! Yer killin' me!!
For the record, I just love that joke. I just can't get enough of it apparently. Thank God I am in PR where it's not just Debbie; it's everywhere. All things PR blogging has been a veritable circus of little clowns getting out of mini fire trucks chasing domesticated elephants 'round and 'round their own little ring.
Look at Edelman last week pimpin' StoryMakerUpper 1.0, "the web-based proprietary software tool is designed to help their clients manufacture news stories with pushbutton, fill-in-the-blank ease, minimizing the burden of actual writing skills." Proudly, the company spokesperson for the project, Phil Gomes, says that it is in essence identical to existing unnecessary solutions, but theirs adds "comments," which of course, dramatically lessens the time it takes for their clients to get mugged by rabid pitchfork-and-torch-bearing idiots in the blogosphere. You just can't write stuff like that.
Well, there come a point when Debbie gets a little long in the tooth, I suppose. Sure, as a card-carrying student of the David Letterman Beat-it-to-Death School of Comedy, I will certainly take something too far. But I think this horse has been dead since mid-July. I rationalize daily by saying that Strumpette is in the end all about making fine suede.
Anyway, how does the movie end? I don't think it does. Debbie Does Dallas spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs including Debbie Does New Orleans and Debbie Does Wall Street. In 2001 "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical" was created by Susan L. Schwartz for the New York Fringe Festival. In 2002 it was made into an Off-Broadway musical comedy. I expect Debbie Does Paris will be out on DVD before you know it.
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