Tag Archives: The Guardian

Deal With It: News is a Commodity, a Worthless One

The Guardian posted a recent story called “Can Twitter Make Money Off of Breaking News or is it a PR Platform?” I nearly choked on my coffee. The article notes: “Twitter’s behaviour over the last few months suggests it doesn’t think it can.” Well of course Twitter doesn’t think it can make money off of […]

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Do You Have a Right to Pornography?

There’s a lot of porn on the Internet. Maybe you’ve noticed by “accidentally” stumbling upon it. Some of it is done tastefully, some of it is quite grotesque. Most of it leaves you feeling icky (or so I’ve heard). But the biggest problem with online pornography is that it is so accessible. Without a filter […]

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5 Social Media Predictions for 2014

Happy 2014. I’m still disappointed that we don’t have flying cars and robot servants yet, but I’m hoping we make strides this year. I’m also hoping we get smarter about the environment and how to remove big money from politics. But I digress. Let’s talk social/digital media instead. Here are three predictions for the social […]

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Journalism Balance Rears its Ugly Head – Again

There is one party to blame for the federal government shutdown in the U.S. Republicans. No matter what your political affiliation this is simply a fact. Republicans have refused to approve a federal budget unless the U.S. Congress and the President agree to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as […]

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6 Ways to Fix Online Commenting

Popular Science has closed off commenting on its website. The reason, according to The Guardian, is trolls and spam. The sheer magnitude of it. Popular Science also cited a study that says commenting can change a readers opinion or perception of an article. Which, according to Popular Science, is bad for science. Especially when the […]

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What the Heck is Content Marketing?

Content marketing is when a brand creates content and shares it. It’s different from “regular” content (whatever that is) because its goal is to attract and engage consumers. Content marketing has been around since the beginning of PR and advertising.  It used to come in the form of company newsletters, advertorials, user conferences, company magazines […]

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Going “Live” Increases Engagement & Reaches More People

There’s energy in going “live.”  Fierce energy. Ask anyone who has been to a live sporting event or a concert.  There’s an electricity that comes from knowing you’re watching events unfold in real-time.  This works not only for attending live events, but also watching them.  The live energy can be felt while watching the Oscars […]

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The Dictator's Son: Saif al-Isam

The Dictator’s Son: Libya, Democracy & Public Relations

Here are my notes from my first impression of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam.  At the time, July of 2007, Saif al-Islam was Gaddafi’s favorite and his likely successor. I wrote: “A rather dim-witted, disinterested brat.  A bit distracted, but very stylish.” But I added later: “That first impression was dead wrong.  The […]

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Why I Canceled My Newspaper Subsciption

I made the break a month ago.  After more than 25 years of having the Boston Globe delivered to my door (there have been many doors), I canceled my subscription on July 31. Let me be clear.  I no longer buy the print edition, but I still read the Globe daily: Online and on my […]

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Tweet Ends 20-year CNN Career

Octavia Nasr is now the former Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs for CNN.  The 20-year veteran of CNN lost her job after controversy erupted over the following tweet: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah…One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect alot.” As you may or may not know Hezbollah is considered […]

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