Digital Reading Room, Spring ’11 Edition

Digital Reading Room, Spring ’11 Edition

With the arrival of spring, I thought the time was ripe to revisit the Digital Reading Room to give this blog’s more literate followers a digital refresh to their bookshelves, Kindles and iPads. (Anyone using a Nook, SONY e-Reader or Galaxy?) The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk Engage, Revised and Updated: The Complete Guide […]

Friday’s Video Views

For the Love of Jack Longtime PR industry chronicler Jack O’Dwyer shown here doing his best imitation of Russell Crowe (they look alike, right?) as Prof. John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind.” Except this didn’t happen at Princeton University, but at the recently completed PRSA Annual Conference in our nation’s capital. This Just In: iPhone […]

Friday’s Video Views

Friday’s Video Views

Three-dimensional YouTube Here are eight cool 3D videos on YouTube. Pete Bradshaw, a software engineer at the world’s dominant video hosting site, explains: Here’s the first clip: “3D without glasses or cross-eye HD:” Times Square —>Twitter (and more) I can’t count the number of times I’ve advised clients that playing a video on the Jumbotron […]

Friday’s Video Views

Brian Solis Talks Old and New Media I don’t entirely subscribe to the notion that traditional media is somehow irrelevant. After all, doesn’t the Twittersphere light up with RT fever when The Times or one of journalism’s mainstays posts a well-reported story? Still, Solis is right in describing the shift that must occur within news […]

Growing PR Spheres

Growing PR Spheres

Silicon Valley Watcher‘s Tom Foremski has made a sport out of scrutinizing the PR profession these last few years (often with good reason). Yesterday, he raised a provocative question from which one might infer more disrespect for our perennially beleaguered profession: What are the implications when PR pros, who’ve built large online followings, use their […]

PR, Influence and Networking

PR, Influence and Networking

On Sunday, PR Newser’s Joe Ciarallo asked me whether I had seen Claire Cain Miller’s prominent piece on PR 2.0, or as some valley wags may soon call it, “the crowning of Brooke Hammerling.” Of course I had. Who hadn’t? It’s so rare that The New York Times visits our enigmatic profession, and with 3000+ […]

SXSW Soothsayers

SXSW Soothsayers

I kinda wish I was in Austin mixing it up with the social media set at #SXSW, but here I am in Miami with my #1 son stealing a couple of rounds. My Dell 5150 finally croaked, so I’m on the hotel’s computer trying to catch up. (My Blackberry’s mobile Twitter feed only goes so […]

A More Social SEC?

A More Social SEC?

Why shouldn’t a publicly traded company be allowed to use its blog to break material news? That was the question Sun Microsystems CEO (and blogger) Jonathan Schwartz posed to the SEC nearly two years ago, a subject on which this blogger posted at the time. Last Wednesday, the SEC finally issued its initial ruling that […]

“Thrilled” and “Excited”

“Thrilled” and “Excited”

“…according to a person briefed on the negotiations who would not be identified because the deal has not been formally announced.” This is from this morning’s New York Times business story by the paper’s youthful TV reporter and decoder Brian Stelter. It pre-reports the deal between Apple and HBO to finally offer for sale the […]

Echo in the New Year

Echo in the New Year

Geesh. Five days away from this blog. That’s the longest absence since first starting to post some two-and-a-half years ago. My truancy, I suppose, is less a function of vacation preoccupation — yes, I did get away with my family to ski for a week — and more tied to my reluctance to become just […]