Info Soldiers Battle For Our Hearts And Minds

Giving new life to the phrase “PR operative,” the Pentagon is busy spending money to shape opinion at home and abroad. How busy? An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at […]

“Getting Robbed” Has Additional Meaning Today

> The Wall Street Journal has the full story and multimedia treatment on ousted Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich. But this is the thing I find intriguing. He used his office improperly. But how common is this “crime” in corporate environments? That it’s common doesn’t make it right, but will you agree that it’s all too […]

Man’s Handheld Survives Memphis Meltdown

It’s rare, but sometimes flies get caught in the social media honey. There are two such stories floating today. One involves a man who murdered his wife after she changed her status from “Married” to “Single” on Facebook. Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb has the goods on that one. The other story is about a PR […]

Sugar Water Is The American Way

I like to see a client-side press person bite back when their employer is accused of wrongdoing, and today’s business news provides that ring-side opportunity. According to The Wall Street Journal, The Center for Science in the Public Interest is bringing a class action lawsuit to a California court, claiming that Coca-Cola makes deceptive claims […]

Shift Happens

Musicians Imogene Heap and Little Boots are active in social media. Their proficiency inspired Ian Tait to write about them, which in turn led Ed Cotton to ponder why brands and the agencies that assist them can’t come up with something authentic to say. Somehow we’ve gotten into our heads that business should only talk […]

File This Under “PR Imbroglio”

China is paying tens of thousands specially trained – and ideologically sound – internet commentators 50 cents per post to tell the government’s story, according to the BBC. The commentators have been dubbed the “50-cent party” because of how much they are reputed to be paid for each positive posting (50 Chinese cents; $0.07; £0.05). […]

Google’s Good Graces

According to Online Marketing Performance, Google says that the average 501(c)(3) non-profit organization receives just over $300/month of benefit. Actual grant amounts appear to be higher.

Stealing Someone’s Zebra Is Just Wrong

If you have information about Merlot, Pederberg Winery’s missing zebra please contact proper authorities. I hate to see harm come to such a beautiful creature. [via Cherryflava]