Diamond in the rough

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.

Issues change; challenges change, but the principles remain the same. Back to basics needs to be infused horizontally.

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.

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  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com Kami Huyse

    Unfortunately, our social media realm is not a utopia, it is just an extension of the offline world where crazy people and unethical practices are rampant.
    So, I just choose to focus on the things I can change, those that are in my own sphere of influence.
    As far as the nut cases are concerned, just give them a little rope and they will hang themselves.
    Count on it.

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    Ya know the song “Everything is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens. I think you’d like it. :)
    With regard to your comments and Kami’s harmonious chime… sadly, what you both don’t get is that baseless judgment is exactly what makes you folks look silly. What do you know? What does Kami know?! I’ll tell you one thing: You repeatedly demonstrate that you do not know what business you are in.
    Sincerely,
    - Amanda

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    Really? And exactly who am I talking to? Anonymity is not accepted in my business.
    “Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now.” BB p.16
    I am not wishing for world peace, but we can improve where we are today.

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    Lauren,
    Anonymity is not accepted in my business? Perhaps. But pseudonimity IS your business. Pseudonimity is the very basis of “brand.”
    Again, you don’t know what business you’re in.
    - Amanda

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    Did you mean to spell pseudonymity?
    I do not have a disguised identity and I disclose who I am and what I represent. I speak for myself only. Perhaps you are discarding your old identities to escape the consequences of your behavior?

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    See… again… real argument isn’t about the person; it’s about the strength of the argument. You’re in the business of case making. Regrettably, you are part of a crowd, like Kami, that celebrates “the conversation” because you aren’t capable of making strong cases.
    - Amanda
    PS There is no consequence for free speech in America. In your world where opinion and community trumps content, there is.

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    You are cleverly random!
    As a matter of principle, I choose not to argue with sick people. You need to call the doctor and make an appointment for a colonoscopy. Really.

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    And like your blog buddies, when perplexed you resort to personal attacks. Weak, weak, weak.
    Such is the failure of social media in PR.
    - Amanda

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com Kami Huyse

    Amanda,
    My, my, the kettle calling the pot black. You are the king of ad hominem, one only needs to turn to your recent posts.
    And talk about baseless judgment, you and your site is full of it (I know, I know “It’s satire”).
    Lauren, take my advice, disengage, a little more rope….

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    No Kami. I go after issues. It just so happens that the hypocrisy you carry on the way to the bank… has YOU underneath it. On the other hand, your (plural) ad hominem attacks are solely meant to silence the messenger.
    Take my advice Lauren, don’t hide behind the skirt of the Smallville Girl Scout troop leader.
    - Amanda

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com Kami Huyse

    Oh yes, right, you continue to insist that YOU don’t have any skin in this game and that it is only about your ideas. If female genitalia is your idea of bringing “issues” to the fore, than I think most reasonable people would part company with you.
    Sad thing is that once in a while you have a flash of brilliance, but it gets drowned out by the unprofessional ranting. Sometimes I actually feel sorry for you, but more recently I am more inclined to just turn the channel.
    Furthermore, the behind the scenes arm twisting is pathetic.

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    Kami,
    You are threatened by what you don’t understand. That’s all. Smallville. It defines you.
    - Amanda

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com Kami Huyse

    Actually, I was going to same the same of you. You are threatened by anything or anyone that is critical of your ideas. Then you hide behind the skirt of a anonymous troll. Oh, and your ideas.
    Who are you anyway to forward any “ideas?” What is your resume? Where are your degrees? Where are your results for clients? I have to produce these every day or not eat.

  • http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/blog Geoff Livingston

    Lauren:
    Thanks for the shout out. You are a brave, wise and at the same time, humble soul. Raising the visibility of such issues remains the only way to vanquish them.
    Best wishes,
    Geoff

  • Chapel

    Kami,
    I repeat: “real argument isn’t about the person; it’s about the strength of the argument. You should be in the business of case making. Regrettably, you are part of a crowd that celebrates ‘the conversation’ because you aren’t capable of making cases.” YOU, Kami, are a den mother and sorority rush chair in a business of manufactured credentials and endorsement.
    You want to debate the issues… anytime sister. Fact is, you can’t. Fact is, you won’t criticize the failed system that is the basis and forum for you false imagined prestige. THAT is the parody of Strumpette! THAT’S why we bother you.
    - Amanda
    PS Lauren: and there you go… blocking comments out of weakness. SMALLVILLE.

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com Kami Huyse

    And clearly I bother you or you wouldn’t work so hard at coming up with razor sharp repartee.
    I have no problem making a case, I do it every day. I am doing it now. You think that you don’t have to make a case when you have a conversation with someone?
    The problem is that you aren’t about making cases, you are about deception and falsification.
    You continue to see the “debate” as total agreement with your point of view – complete with ominous warnings to those that step outside of your way of thinking.
    Sounds like the “Cult of Strumpette” to me, and forgive me if I am not interested in becoming a member.