Jeff Bezos Opens Up

Jeff Bezos Opens Up

Lots doing from the world(s) of Jeff Bezos this week. First, we learn that Amazon is making a big play to “lure” us away from our eternal dependency on iTunes in favor of the company’s integrated Cloud Player MP3 Store. As The Verge led in its coverage: “Amazon’s Cloud Player for PC is moving closer […]

The PR Police

The PR Police

Throughout the day, my Twitter feed hums with insightful and sometimes inane news and views from a group of carefully parsed individuals who usually have something worthwhile to share. My taste in tweets tends to the techno, media and marketing crowd, with the occasional politico, CEO, movie star and savvy aunt peppered in. (I’ve resisted […]

Bush’s Legacy Project

Bush’s Legacy Project

As I pen this, President Bush (yes, he’s still President) will take the podium at a surprise news conference in which he’ll presumably field questions (not shoes) hurled from journalists. He’ll certainly have a rich choice of timely news topics on which to opine given the unmitigated mess with which he’s leaving our next President. […]

(Not) Ready for Prime Time PR

(Not) Ready for Prime Time PR

PR people often advise their start-up clients to make sure their ducks are in a row before the big public reveal of their new product or service. The “is-it-ready-for-primetime?” Rorschach Test should probably also apply to media sneak previews. Case in point: Microsoft’s “first broad consumer Web service, called Photosynth [which] turns multiple photos of […]

Truth of False

Truth of False

In a recent meeting with an environmental NGO, I was asked how far I might recommend the organization go to create news, i.e.., how outrageous or incendiary should their statements or actions be in order to garner headlines? I admitted that sometimes it’s necessary to create a little theatre to break through the clutter. But […]

A Cacophony of Content

A Cacophony of Content

I’ve had MSNBC as my home page for five years, or more. It has served me well given the range of sources from which the news portal derives its 24/7 fare. One would expect to see a selection from NBC’s news programs, and its siblings CNBC, MSNBC-TV and the network’s local broadcast affiliates. Add to […]