CHICAGO - Strumpette, the widely popular marketing and PR e-zine, today announced that it is hosting a writing contest. Sponsored by Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of the largest PR firms in the world, the "Captivating Caption Contest" gives each participant 6 chances to win $500.
Amanda Chapel said, "If you've got the creative stuff to be in PR, this is easy money. Five hundred smackers for a simple photo caption. Hey, if you win, you can always tell people that you were once paid over $100 a minute in PR!"
Each month for 6 months, January through June, a new picture will be posted to the Strumpette website. To enter, you simply write a caption 40 words or less and email it along with your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. That's it! At the end of each month, the Strumpette staff will select a winner and send you the dough.
What makes for a winning caption? According to Chapel, "Creativity and originality, goes without saying. Of course, being Strumpette, you know we're going to be swayed by succinctness, sass and especially sex appeal."
There comes a point in ALL relationships where communications is suspended. It's sometimes a temporary thing; but sadly, it's sometimes indefinite. Sometimes there's that deafening silence during a long drive home; and then there's when your attorney insists emphatically that, for your own good, you "refrain from any contact whatsoever."
I remember the exact date and time when I said almost the exact same thing to my ex. No matter what he said, it was like nails on a blackboard. Arrrgh. I remember exactly when the straw broke the camel's back. I stopped him mid-diatribe: "I don't care about your stereo or your God-damn computer. I just fucking don't. Please... Shut up!" I took refuge in the bedroom, locked the door, and called my attorney directly.
Okay, I hear ya. "But divorce is down," you say. Let's put that in a little perspective. Generally speaking, committed "relationships" are down. According to a study by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University: The U.S. divorce rate is about 17.7 per 1,000 married women, down from 22.6 in 1980. But the marriage rate is also on a steady decline: a 50% drop since 1970 from 76.5 per 1,000 unmarried women to 39.9. Bottom line: society is far less stable. Cohabiting couples have twice the breakup rate of married couples.
The evangelists of this whole social-networking fad forgot one essential thing: people, i.e the dirty masses... the uncouth-drunken-my-Name-is Earl-trailerpark-meth-crazed-idiots struggling with the decision of whether to pee or puke.
Stein's solution is actually quite polite in its directness. His conclusions are fundamental. Simply, Joel has relationships; he doesn't have the extra time; and incorporating sporadic uninvited external input compromises his creative product. In his words:
"Here's what my Internet- fearing editors have failed to understand: I don't want to talk to you; I want to talk at you. A column is not my attempt to engage in a conversation with you. I have more than enough people to converse with."
"Is that a smart use of an employees' time? Why not just save a step and have them set up a folding table at a senior citizen center with a sign asking for complaints? I don't have time to listen to you. I barely have time to listen to me."
"A piece of work that stands on its own, without explanation or defense, takes on its own power. If Martin Luther put his 95 Theses on the wall and then all the townsfolk sent him their comments, and he had to write back to all of them and clarify what he meant, some of the theses would have gotten all watered down and there never would have been a Diet of Worms."
Simple enough. Joel's right on the money.
See... whether we want to admit it or not, all relationships are about cost/benefit. It's becoming more apparent that this blogging thing just isn't worth it. And the long tail grows more weary of all the bullshit with every day. The lying, the pretense, leaving the seat up, the constant flatulence, blogging just isn’t working out.
I don't know. Maybe it's the time of year. All my friends are getting divorced. I suspect it's good for the real estate business. Oh, well. Here's to new beginnings.
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