Tuesday, 30 June 2009
The first comes from Jeff Jarvis at the Personal Democracy Forum in (where else?) New York City.
"We must give the government permission to fail," says Jarvis.
Oh right. I thought we'd been doing that for years. As in (say) New Labour's inability to deliver its promises on child poverty.
The second. . . (and I don't know what category this qualifies for) is inevitably Pirate Bay.
Having fought the law like pirates for however many years, Messrs Piratical have now sold out to The Man. This morning. For around $7.7m.
Way to go. No interim mention of putting the site up for sale, no preparatory indications that the financial stress was taking a toll. No: just sell it.
Dewy-eyed peer-to-peer idealists around the world are currently wreaking their revenge. This includes a DDoS attack on the site itself. Nice.
By how much will Global Gaming Factory X AB reduce its bid for The Pirate Bay to compensate for collateral brand damage by the time the deal closes a month hence?
Your guess is as good as ours. Meanwhile, the notion that direct contact between organisations and their users/customers can replace the dark art of spin. . . well, it just took a blow.
What the Pirates needed above all, it turns out, was a decent PR agency. Global Gaming Factory could do with one, too. . .
Thursday, 30 October 2008
1) PR Agency of the Year
2) Tech hack of the year (freelance)
3) Tech hack of the year (staff)
Charles Arthur & Michael Cross -- The Guardian
(For their excellent Free Our Data campaign.)
4) Biggest fuck up
Microsoft: The $300m Gates-Seinfeld campaign
5) Rudest hack (Voted for on the night)
6) Media budget cutter
The shortlist included Sly Bailey (Trinity Mirror), Graham Harman (Incisive Media), Geoff Wilmot (Centaur), Jerry Yang (Yahoo). And the winner was. . . all of 'em.
7) Up its own arse
Google's Zeitgeist conference (feat. Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan)
9) Wank 2.0: User-generated twat
Richard Bailey, PR Studies ("Created Aug 03")
10) Loyalty to dead media formats
The Financial Times
11) Rebrand of the year (Not)
Enfatico (Probably not a pizza restaurant in East Sheen)
Er, apparently I beat Charles Arthur to win 'rudest technology journalist of the year' at the above tonight.
I am a bit confused. I was last a bit 'rude' - aguably, I thought I was doing my job and defending the interests of the readers/users - let's see, when I was the News Editor of Computing - that was in 1999-2000.
I have been freelance since the start of 2001, seven years, and to the best of my knowledge have been nice as pie ever since.
If I'm not then, Jeez, I'm in a bit of trouble on the old self-awareness thing.\
Can anyone - genuine plea - tell me/give me an example of IN 2008 how I have been 'rude,' I'd like to know and if necessary apologise.
But then, as Charles Arthur said on Twitter, pointing out why he wasn't at the 'ceremony,' it's half term and he has better things to think about...
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
- Steve Earl from Rainier PR has just booked a ticket. He's asking that we keep all the horrid PR people away from this year's event. Sorry, mate, it's a bit late for that. 250 of them have their compasses fixed on Shoreditch tonight...
- eBay bidding
-- Rob Kerr: £26.00
- Dress code
- Ticket sales
- Er, that's about it. See you lot at 7.30. We're off to buy in some more wine. Just in case. . .