Posted by Amanda Chapel Saturday, November 11, 2006
This just in... what is being billed as one of the most significant developments in the history of virtual worlds, residents of the Second Life gated community Dreamland have voted to ban PR practitioners from their region. By conservative estimates Dreamland constitutes 10% of Second Life's land mass and 10% of its active residents.
The resolution read: "Some PR agencies and RL companies have abused SL and made claims in RL media of being first to do things many SL residents have done long before them ("1st radio station in SL", "1st fashion brand", "1st tabloid"). SHOULD WE BAN THEM FROM DREAMLAND?" The Dreamland Citizens Proposal subsequently passed.
Sklar said, "The resolution does give residents who make false claims the opportunity to retract their statements. Of course, they are free to stick to their guns and stay away from Dreamland and whatever regions ban them next even if that leads to a total ban from Second Life. The sad thing is that it had to come to this. Apparently, this is just the most recent in a string of episodes in which the PR industry has invaded a social space and deeply offended the residents. Clearly they are not learning. I guess it comes down to this: hubris dies hard."
NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE) -The Council of Public Relations Firms, one of several PR industry trade associations, today announced that it had rearranged some of their boardroom seating.
The new Chair of the Council’s Board is Marcia Silverman, CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations. Silverman, a lifer at Ogilvy PR, was once recognized by industry booster rag PRWeak as one of the 50 or so Most Powerful Women in PR and as one of the 100 Most Influential PR Professionals of the century. (That and 50 cents.)
Kathy Cripps, president of the Council, said the obligatory thank yous in near perfect monotone: "Thanks to the contributions of the board of directors and its committees, the Council is an important industry resource. Helen Ostrowski provided strong leadership during her year as Council chair. Incoming chair, Marcia Silverman has pledged to continue to push for more outreach to clients about the value of public relations."
About the Council
The Council of Public Relations Firms represents some of the leading PR agencies in the United States. Their mission is four fold: to advance the business of public relations by puffing its value as a business tool; to set various industry standards (whatever they are); to help member firms make a buck; and lastly, to make the industry attractive to new naïve recruits.
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