In a surprise turn around, the U.S. orchestrated a strong come back today tying the U.K. 3-3 in the overall medals count for Creative Caption contest. We are pleased to announce that hometown favorite Bruce Pilgrim has taken the prize for June.
Pilgrim, CEO of Bruce Pilgrim Marketing Communications, LLC, and author of Talking to My Cats: A Small Business Journal, won with the caption, "Lot's wife and her sister at the mall." Despite the confusion and subsequent storm of controversy surrounding the disqualification of two other finalists for cheating last week, Pilgrim wooed our international panel of judges and emerged the winner. He was able to get three first-choice and one second-place pick to secure the win.
"This is the highlight of my long and extinguished career," Pilgrim said. "It totally eclipses the religion medal I got in the 7th grade at Precious Blood Elementary School. I was this close to entering the priesthood until I looked up 'celibacy' in the dictionary."
Pilgrim, shown left with his religion medal, plans to use some of the $1,000 prize money to help fund his campaign to make failing to use the serial comma a federal offense. "The rest I'll probably spend on pornography," he added.
Congratulations Bruce! Best wishes with the serial-comma prevention campaign. It is such a horrible affliction that plagues the PR profession. We applaud your courage and selflessness. What a great example of the American spirit put into action.
U-S-A... U-S-A... U-S-A!
We'd like to thank Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications for sponsoring this months contest.
Unless your BF's got PPV, ten buck says you missed this. It got very little coverage. The Web Fight of the Decade happened about a week ago. David Weinberger (author of “Everything is Miscellaneous”) and Andrew Keen (author of “Cult of the Amateur”) got into a brawl on-stage at Supernova and the fight continued out into the halls of The Westin in San Francisco. Brutal. Two heavyweights toe-to-toe trading blows over the single most important issue to face our culture in 100 years.
Diametrically opposed Keen and Weinberger happened to be panelists for the session, “Disorder: Feature or Bug?” The debate was about “the value of authority in a connected world.” According to session materials: "The greatest business challenge that the New Network poses for many companies is also a fundamental social challenge. The old categories, boundaries, hierarchies, and scarcities are being swept away. To what extent is that a good thing, and to what extent is it a threat to what we truly value?”
Bottom line: that’s everything folks. THAT'S THE WHOLE MEGILLAH!
The following are two tapes of the exchange that pored out into the Westin's lobby. (Special thanks to Nick Douglas.)
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