The big news this week was that Hillary Clinton displayed a hint of cleavage on the Senate floor. This elicited a major story in the Washington Post and reaction from news organizations, bloggers and candidates. Supposedly, the sight of cleavage sent Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter to gasping fits and required respirators to be brought in so the Senate could continue its endless interrogation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who fortunately could not recall the incident. “The Cleavage Conundrum,” as the New York Times calls it, continues to dominate the presidential campaign.
Also in the news: Uber, A-list, mega blogger Steve Rubel, the shiny head Yoda, incorrigible link whore and Edelman client pimp, showed he is as fascinated with his iPhone as a teenage boy would be discovering his penis. The pleasure he derives from playing with it is nearly orgasmic. When he tires of the iPhone he Twitters away about what other uber bloggers like Scoble and Winer are doing, sort of a circle jerk of chattering monkeys fascinated with themselves. Once in a while he mentions public relations like it is a far off concept someone out there might be involved in, usually in the context of promoting social media to benefit an Edelman client. We asked a stray bum down at the Pike Place Market in Seattle if he thought Rubel might be jumping ship to review consumer electronics for C-Net, where he seemingly belongs. The bum had no comment.
Social networking site MySpace, under tremendous pressure from parents, teachers and law enforcement agencies, on Wednesday announced that it had deleted some 29,000 convicted sex offenders from its service, more than four times
the figure initially reported. However, fears that people using social networking websites are inadvertently exposing themselves to PR predators, are probably overblown, researchers say.
Sameer Hinduja, an assistant professor in criminology at Florida Atlantic University and Justin Patchin, a political science researcher at the University of Wisconsin, recently conducted a test. The pair randomly selected 9282 profiles out of the 100 million purportedly available on the social networking site MySpace, the most popular social networking site and the fourth most popular English-language website in the world.
In the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescence, the researchers say that assiduous PR practitioners can, and do, glean important personal snippets from these postings. But overall the article says the situation is not as alarming as critics of social media currently suggest.
"When considered in its proper context, the results indicate that the problem of emotional manipulation and 'influence' using personal information does not seem to be as widespread as many assume," said noted PR industry analyst Martin Turnbull. "Seems just a tad overblown at the moment but firms are certainly gearing up," he added.
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
Kathleen Durazo about A Measly $2.8 Million Goes Missing, Lawsuit Results Fri, Jul 31, 10:58:34 AM Ray Durazo (the founder) sold the company to Dan in 1999. He was not involved in any of this. He (and I) found out about the lawsuit in the LA Times. In addition to embezzling this m [...]