Wednesday March 20, 2019

Another Loss

First it was Comdex.  Now it is CeBIT.  Places for computer and software vendors to show their wares continue to disappear.  They are victims of declining attendance.  The huge crowds that used to show up have thinned.  One wonders why, and one answer is that they choked on their success.  They were overwhelming and one […]

Another Blow

NASA, SpaceX and numerous other companies are flogging the possibility of deep space travel to Mars.  But, problems in doing so keep cropping up and here is another one.  Sending astronauts on long journeys is likely to destroy their intestines and give them cancers.  There is no effective shielding today from injurious rays that would […]

Another PR Crisis

Uber doesn’t need any more PR crises, but it has another one.  The company’s self-driving Volvo mowed down a woman in Tempe, AZ and killed her. The vehicle had an operator on standby but was driving autonomously at the time.  This sparked international news and threw a wrench into the move to driverless vehicles. The […]

Another Scandal

Wells Fargo bank can’t avoid scandals these days.  Here is another one.  The bank was clearly out of control in its consumer insurance and lending departments and only now is the dysfunction coming to light. How the bank has fallen in reputation.  It came out of the 2008 financial meltdown on a high and with […]

Another Bubble

Why do PR practitioners persist in communicating the same message repeatedly?  Because people don’t learn. Consider, for example, tech bubbles.  We’ve been through a number of them, but investors still queue for the “hot” stock, the one that is going to make them a bundle in a short time.  Like this one.  A rational person […]

Yet Another Bubble?

Savvy observers are worried that Silicon Valley is in yet another bubble that threatens to burst.  How after the last wrenching shake-out is this possible?  Didn’t anybody learn?  It shows again that so-called savvy investors are gullible and buy into hype.  Where is PR?  There is plenty of flacking from company founders who are in love with their products and […]

Another Worry

As if the internet didn’t provide enough worry for PR practitioners, here is another.  Online vigilante detectives are reporting incidents faster than the news media, sometimes accurately but just as often inaccurately.  It is almost impossible for a PR practitioner to keep up with them in handling an incident.  For one, PR is bound by […]

Another Technology On The Way Out?

The PC market is slumping as youths move to tablets and cell phones.  It is hard to believe the marketplace has changed that much.  The PC won’t go away just as the mainframe hasn’t disappeared but it no longer drives electronics sales.  From a PR perspective, there isn’t much one can do to revive personal […]

Journalism and Another Social Media Paradox

A recent tweet from Jay Rosen reminded me of another social media paradox.Rosen’s tweet leads to a Yahoo! Finance job description that requires an interesting set of skills.“We’re looking for a natural leader who isn’t afraid to get his or her hands dirty. He or she must see the big picture but also be detail-oriented.”It sounds […]

One Gift To Campaign, Another To Govern

This story is among several criticizing the Obama administration and its governing abilities.  It spotlights again that there is a profound difference between the communications of campaigning and the powers of governing.  Obama is a good speaker — clear, precise and unfortunately, too eager to shift blame to the previous administration.   He has appeared to be […]