Posted by Mark Abrams Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This is an open letter to: Constantin Basturea, Richard Becker, Todd Defren, Mike Driehorst, Eric Eggertson, Rick Murray, Robert French, Susan Getgood, Chris Heuer, Peter Himler, Neville Hobson, Kami Huyse, Shel Israel, Joe Jaffe, Jeff Livingston, Brian Oberkirch, B.L. Ochman, Jeremy Pepper, Steve Rubel, Robert Scoble, and least but not last, Phil Gomes.
On behalf of everyone here, we’d like to say we’re sorry.
We’ve been AWFULLY hard on you folks. For over a year now we’ve characterized you as a band of self-important nincompoops and, well, snake-oil salesmen. Turns out, our negative characterization may have been misguided. Certain information has been brought to our attention that now throws our conclusions into question.
First, for the record, here's what we were thinking: Throughout the 19th century salesmen/showmen roamed the U.S., going from town to town, peddling “cures to what ailed ya.” As depicted in Western folklore, a hawker would set up stage and boast the efficacy of his particular elixir. This was typically aided by a shill in the audience who would, at the appropriate moment, call out that it had cured his particular ailments. Later, after the unsuspecting public had purchased all the con artists' product, both would quickly "light out" of the area before the townspeople discovered the worthlessness of their claims. This is how “snake oil” became synonymous with fraud. Today, as you are aware, it still refers to something worthless and fake.
Posted by Brian Connolly Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pander: To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others in order to exploit their weaknesses.
One of the greatest weaknesses of the Web 2 "revolution" is just how much the online "community" subtly, passively, fosters pandering. It's awful. You want Rubel-Scoble-Penelope-Trunk-like numbers, do as they do: tell your audience what they want to hear. Tell 'em they're smart, influential, talented, whatever. Further, throw a little "link love" their way. God, it's just sickening. Worse yet, most offenders don't even realize they're doing it. It's the culture.
With that in mind, regrettably I'm gonna call a friend to task here. I really like Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications. That's why I am so incredibly disappointed by a recent video of his on MyRaganTV. "Banned from the Blogosphere" does absolutely nothing but pander to the junior-most levels of the PR business.
Anyway, Mark asked that I comment on MyRagan. But for what? For an audience that's comforted by pandering?! Forget it. The ear for challenge, if there is one, is right here.
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
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