Greetings dear friends. We'd like to start the year off right and take a minute for a good cause. Ya know, we work hard here at Strumpette. We bear the burden of cynicism happily as we are filled with, and motivated by, a tremendous sense of responsibility. But that said, every so often, especially after the lull of the Holidays, the glow subsides. It's during these times we are reacquainted with our own humanity. Some of us here even speak openly of altruism.
No, I'm not talkin' about Doc's "relationship" stuff or how Scoble and others cheaply leverage their own personal needs to pretend to help "friendz." No, we're simply talking about that time right after New Years when all the drugs and alcohol have worn off and one is left with flayed nerves and the teeth-gnashing sense of soul-crushing individual guilt. I'm talkin' about the overwhelming awareness that it weren't for our inheritance and the world of other unearned privileges that make our lives an existential nightmare... we'd be just like "them." It is in that spirit that we ask ourselves, "What can we do?"
Well, here's an opportunity. This comes to us by way of our friend Jack O'Dwyer:
I have mixed feelings about this time of year. While many are enjoying the holidays and looking forward (or dreading) the new year, I'm having flashbacks. Not that kind of flashback, just an unpleasant little memory I'll probably never be able to shake.
You see, the Top Ten PR Blunders of the Year just came out. It includes FEMA's fake press conference, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force viral promotion/terrorist scare, and the White House's inept attempts to hide the rather unsurprising disclosure that Dick Chaney is one of the undead.
I have little sympathy for those who made the decisions that led to these PR fiascoes. My heart goes out, though, to the poor bastards who have to clean up the mess. About a decade ago, I got quoted in The Wall Street Journal, having had a front row seat at one of the Top Ten PR Blunders. At the time, it wasn't pretty. In retrospect, it's pretty ridiculous.
Thanks to that misbegotten company, there's now a notation in every HR person's head, if not in every corporate HR manual: Never fire anyone on "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day."
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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