Apple Voice

Apple Voice

If one were to guess which of the world’s most-watched corporations had the most command-and-control approach to its communications, invariably that Cupertino, CA company would rank right up there. Apple Inc.’s PR is legendary, less for its embrace of the new tools of the trade — and the transparency that comes with it — and […]

CCTV (Command-and-Control TV)

CCTV (Command-and-Control TV)

It goes without saying that unfiltered, real-time, citizen-generated news reports often serve as the first write of history. In New York Magazine‘s wary look at Twitter this week, the reporter happened to be sitting in Twitter’s offices as US Air 1549 dropped into the Hudson River: “And then I noticed something on Twitter Search. The […]

Blog: You’re Fired

Blog: You’re Fired

I finally got around to reading (my collector’s edition of) The New York Times late yesterday. I gleefully waded through the election coverage to eventually find SF-based tech reporter’s Claire Cane Miller’s piece on layoff rumors in the age of Twitter. Before I go there, wasn’t yesterday a glorious day!? I wonder if an Obama […]

Spray Wash

Spray Wash

I wonder if McCain campaign COO Steve Schmidt pulled a Tom Cruise and hired his sister? Here’s campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt’s explanation given to reporters who were barred from capturing Sarah Palin’s first date with a foreign leader. “The decision was made for this to be a photo spray with still cameras and video cameras […]

Inauthentic Generals

Inauthentic Generals

As one agency trumpets its new mantra of “authenticity,” we learn today just how deeply our government has subverted authenticity to sell its war-time policies. In a 7600-word investigative piece on page A1 of today’s New York Times, reporter Doug Barstow outlines the extent to which this administration took (fairly standard) public relations techniques and […]