Posted by Amanda Chapel
I'm sorry, I DON'T LIKE PEAS!
Okay, the following is a little bit of a rant. I'm calm now but still taste a hint of righteous bile. Listen, I don't care how popular "Peas" are presently. They're just wrong. It's a topic literally close to my heart.
For the record, I'm a survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August '04 and had a mastectomy that October. You'd be hard pressed to find someone more empathetic or more enthusiastic about Komen's Race for the Cure. I've walked. I've run. I've donated generously. I've helped raise money variously. And I've spent countless hours working with other women newly facing the words "you have cancer."
That said, I find all this Frozen Pea Fund, PEAvatars and the surrounding social-media fervor downright offensive.
For those of you not "live" on the grid, Susan Reynolds, an artist and self-styled social media maven, was diagnosed with breast cancer this last December. Two weeks later she too had a mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery.
The story really begins with the blog Susan started post surgery and the flash Web fire Twit extraordinaire Connie Reece then helped ignite. Susan had detailed her condition and included a photo of the bag of frozen peas peeking out from underneath her camisole. She also used that photo as her avatar on Twitter. And, with that, Connie and a few dozen other participants in the Twitter community began creating pea-themed photos and using them as their avatars. Arrrrgh.
Posted by Brian Connolly
What a year! One noted professor says we made PR history! Well Hell, some of us have never been so insulted. :)
Seriously, '07 couldn't have been more fun. In closing out the year, "for auld lang syne," we'd like to thank the following people for their support and participation... and in some cases quiet but steadfast encouragement. Thank you Norah Salazar, Cecilia Cerri, Molly Westrate, Ana Lydia Ochoa, Mark Rose, Bruce Pilgrim, Ivana Kalay, Loucia Isaac, Jack O'Dwyer, Loren Feldman, Ike Pigott, William Sledzik, Jennifer Leggio, CT Moore, Michelle Oshen, John Dodds, Sara Rice, Andrew Bruce Smith, Liz Strauss, John Stodder, James Baar, Byron Reimus, Adam Zand, James Bruni, Matt Gentile, Jeremy Jacobs, Edward O'Meara, Katie Paine, Mark Ragan, Doug Dowie, Joel Postman, Mark Pinsent, Chris Brogan, Brian Solis, Chris Locke, Chris Abraham, Charles Firth, Kevin Dill, Michael O'Connor Clark, Sally Falkow, Kevin Dugan, Tom Foremski, Adam Hertz, Doug Haslam, Heather Yaxley, Jim Long, Dennis Howlett, Jenny Krentzman, Dan Lyons, Frank Paytner, Keith Pillow, Paul Rand, David Meerman Scott, Danae Shell, Ed Lee, Michael Sommermeyer, Theo Spark, David-James Vaughan, Dr. Donald K. Wright, Marcia Silverman, Dennis Spring, Toni Muzi Falconi, Jim Louderback, Jerry Johnson, Frank Shaw, Eric Dezenhall, Eric Starkman, David Henderson, Paul Pendergrass, and Andrew Keen.
Lastly, we'd like to thank our dear Amanda Chapel for her perseverance, kindness, patience and humor. She especially helped make '07 in her words "a little better than tolerable." It is in that spirit, we dedicate the following:
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