My Archives: May 2003

Friday, May 30, 2003

My last post was May 8? Wow. I've been a bad blogger lately. All I can say is that I've been very busy trying to catch up on freelance assignments following a trip through the South and Midwest. If you haven't seen Memphis, TN, I highly recommend you visit when you get a chance. Graceland and Beale Street are cool (I'm listening to my favorite Elvis song, "Burning Love," as I write this, but I digress) and the food is good, Southern stick-in-your-veins grub. I didn't get around to trying a peanut butter 'n nanna sandwich, though. Maybe next time. Memphis is definitely worth another trip.
Work-wise, editors have assigned me a number of interesting stories coming up in June. I don't know if any PR people actually check out this site on a regular basis, but here they are:
* A piece about the future of direct marketing (cool topic with a lot going on);
* A piece about role playing to create strategy;
* A story about getting rid of the "sacred cows" in your workplace.
I also have three other stories I'm pounding away on. I can't give out too many details here (my editors probably wouldn't like that), so drop me an email if you want more info on the what, where, when, why and how.
Back to work!


Posted by Chris @ 03:48 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Rupert Murdoch's Fox Network is under investigation in Britain for alleged bias in its reporting. 9 British viewers filed complaints with the British government, and now the U.K.'s independent television commission is investigating these complaints. Fox News is broadcast in Britain over Sky Digital satellite, also owned by Murdoch. If the network is found to have breached the ITC's "due impartiality" rules, it could be forced to stop broadcasting. Bias rules aren't an issue in the United States with the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, which required TV networks to give equal time to (i.e., tell all sides of) an issue.
And the family of Muppet creator Jim Henson bought back the Muppets. Cool.

Posted by Chris @ 08:59 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

You're a successful children's writer worth more than QE2. Your next book -- with content that, for the moment, is top secret -- will hit shelves in June. Meanwhile, your book publisher is gearing up for full-metal marketing mode, planning to pump millions of dollars into your book release as the grand unveiling approaches. Then somebody comes along and tries to ruin your multi-million dollar splash by stealing copies of your manuscript. This is how May 6, 2003 turned out for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and her publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing. Copies of her soon-to-be-released Harry Potter installment, called "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," mysteriously turned up in a field in rural Britain, evidently stolen from the printer's press. Looks like no one read them, but who knows? Will someone's nefarious marketing strategy rise like a phoenix on the Internet? Stay tuned...

And it seems that your TV weathercasters aren't immune from the issues of censorship. A new study by a Journalism professor revealed that TV weathercasters feel compelled to censor (or in many cases are told to censor) their scientific comments related to environmental topics such as global warming. Sounds like weathercasters are smack-dab in the middle of a different kind of high-pressure system.

Posted by Chris @ 05:56 PM EST [Link]

Monday, May 5, 2003

About 5,000 pages of information that reveal what was said during the secret hearing conducted 50 years ago by Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy at the height of McCarthyism were released today. According to these records, McCarthy's treatment of the people he ordered to testify as to whether or not they were, or had ever been, communists ranged from "abrasive to solicitous." See the full documents here. It's fascinating reading. Maybe in 50 years, we'll get to see some explosive secret documents the government has collected on the Dixie Chicks.
Have you heard that Disney is close to buying the Muppets? I'm not too excited about it for some reason. I'm a purist who fears that Disney will use the Muppets relentlessly for its over-the-top cross promotion tendencies. I can see it now: Grover (my favorite) on Sesame Street portraying an ESPN sportscaster while Elmo says, "Hey Kids! I'm going to visit the Bachelorette, who has a show on ABC Wednesdays at 8 p.m.! Yeaaahhh!" Big Bird and Kermit, meanwhile, will be plugging the latest Britney Spears project instead of teaching one-year-olds the letter "H".
Update on saving Private Jessica: By now you've probably heard (in the U.S., anyway) about the heroic rescue of Army private Jessica Lynch, how U.S. troops stormed a location to quell the enemy, fetch her and carry her to safety. Well, there are some important details missing from this story: seems that a group of Iraqi doctors had been trying to return Private Lynch to U.S. forces for many days (after they had saved her life by stabilizing her head injury, and treating a broken leg and arm, a bullet wound to her leg and pulmonary edema) only to be fired on by U.S. forces. A few of the doctors were critically wounded by gunfire. These Iraqi doctors, perhaps not surprisingly, are angry after risking their lives for a U.S. soldier, only to have the story told another way by U.S media. “What the Americans say is like the story of Sinbad the Sailor — it’s a myth,” says the lead Iraqi doctor who saved Lynch's life.


Posted by Chris @ 06:33 PM EST [Link]

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