I have been sitting on this post for over a week because I wanted to capture the correct tone. I hit post today because of this post. I have purposely not commented on any Strumpette author site because this would give those people more claims to fame where none is deserved. Really, this nonsense is petty and sheds a dark light on the entire industry. WE are better than this, don’t you agree?!
I am embarrassed of the conversation and I didn’t even participate. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I have observed this vicious circle for two years. All of us are frustrated, but the answer is not this:
"So what do we do? Start to publicly name the folks spewing BS and blatantly pitching audiences under the veil of an ‘expert speaking’?" (Josh)
YES. Why not? Embarrassment is a great motivator. Plus, then we get to point and laugh.
-Posted by: Ryan Lack November 17, 2007 10:38 AM
This sounds preachy and like a parent, but why stoop to this level? Many of us have great intentions to treat the symptoms. Unless we get to the root of the illness, a cure will not be found. The problem is not the few bad apples raving in the blogosphere (and elsewhere), but the ignorant mass population of middle managers. Do not confuse my wording as ignorant equals stupidity. Quite the contrary, pr practice is learned on the job with supervisors and peers who are still waiting on the dock. We try to stop the bleeding in the classrooms, but for those not lucky enough to have a dream assignment, students are placed in an agency environment where not even the basic pr functions are performed correctly. Practicing as shown is necessary for survival and a cup of Ramen noodles.
Don’t be so quick to judge (I’m talking to me too). We are all learning, but there are some clear black and white decisions. Those crossing the line with intention will pay the price. You don’t have to levy their punishment. Focus on building industry karma. Let’s pick each other up and dust off…we must learn from mistrial and not embarrass another in the process…Especially those just beginning their careers.
Recently, many of us wrote posts expressing thanks to those who have influenced our paths. What made these people different and timeless? How can we emulate their teachings and become the teachers? We are professionals, so let’s act like it.