Monthly Archives: September 2008

A Flack by any other name

This past summer, I was driving through upstate New York and passed through a town called Flackville. And I wondered if this is where old PR people go to retire…(a news release on every corner…) OK enough of that. Yesterday, I received an email from a client who said the word ‘flack’ that refers to PR folks might not be pejorative at all. A couple of sources – Random House and Merriam-Webster – contend that it may have been coined as a tribute to 1930s entertainment publicist Gene Flack. I did a search of Mr. Flack and didn’t come up…

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Modern-day telegram…

Giovanni Rodriguez contends that many our social media tools are DIY versions of things we already have:Blogs = publishingPodcasts = radioYouTube = TV broadcastSocial networks = community centres I agree. And I’d like to add that I think Twitter is a souped up version of the old fashioned telegram. They’re immediate, pithy (though not due to cost), include funny abbreviations we’ve come to accept and are written with limited punctuation. One difference – there’s no uniformed delivery boy. STOP.

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Putting off the Ritz

There’s a Canadian federal election in full swing. Or should I say in full baby swing – as in fun if you’re in it, but other than that quite dull. It’s the same old posturing, spinning and name calling we remember in the past – only this time the ties are off. I guess our political leaders want to appear ‘political casual’. Me, I miss the formality. One thing for certain, elections help take our generally full dose of political correctness to a higher level. This past week there was a brouhaha over Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s private remarks. Why?…

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Becoming ‘Bold’

Not too long ago, I mentioned I was going to upgrade to a Blackberry Bold and I did get one. (Hey, iPhones may be super cool, but that’s just never been me.) After a bit of back and forth trying to find one in a store, I asked to have it shipped. It arrived the next day in a premium black box, which served to heighten my excitement. Inside, I found a device that was sleeker and lighter than I expected, with a faux leather back that made it seem almost high end. Unfortunately, it took a couple of calls…

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More spaces (not space)

If you look at my last post, written using the Google Chrome browser, you’ll notice there are bigger spaces between paragraphs than usual (similar to what happens when I save in edit mode).  I don’t understand if this is a function of the browser or some other glitch.

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Tagged (not it)

To me, that would usually mean one of those *&*?@#! Toronto parking tickets.  (I used to love it  when Li’l Abner comic strips used symbols to stand in for cussing, but I’ve never done it myself until now.) But I digress. Joel Postman tagged me with the Mitch Joel meme on ‘social media best practices’. So, in lieu of a full post, Dave, Terry, Julie and I discussed the subject on the most recent version of Inside PR (#127).  Have a listen and feel free to contribute any other ideas. BTW, I do have one more thought (though it’s more…

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Getting my head around Twitter

I’ve finally made the leap (into the void?) and have posted to Twitter – twice tonight. I’m still trying to get my head around the notion of 140 characters. It’s not a lot of words, that’s for sure. For anyone who’s interested, here’s what it looks like: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. Th

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