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Driverless Cars: 'You Guys Are Nuts'
January 28th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Emily Badger, who covers urban policy for Workblog, envisions the soon-to-be-experienced arrival of driverless cars in an essay that might be headed, “What Are We Doing – Again?” The first time, starting in the ‘teens and ‘20s, PR and advertising enabled automobiles to start reshaping U.S. towns and cities. And we’ve been living with the results.

Davos Portents of World Relational Challenges
January 27th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
The world may be facing an epic PR issue, income inequality. That’s the impression you get from reading a Holmes Report post on this year’s just-concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The world’s richest 85 people are as wealthy as the poorest 3.5 billion of the world’s population.” That spells anger, and, very possibly, trouble...
PR Becoming More Scientifically Based
January 26th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Here’s a hefty piece of commentary by Christopher Graves, chairman of Ogilvy Public Relations, on how public relations is becoming more “scientific,” as presented by Amit Roy Choudhury in a Business Times story. Graves has been turning “to subjects such as neuroscience and behavioral economics to craft a better narrative,” Choudhury reports.
PR News Prompting Dour Weekend Observations
January 23rd, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Can’t imagine what the PR scene may be like in 2024 when a summer Olympics will be held, but the relational trend isn’t encouraging, with Edelman’s Trust Barometer currently “at an all time low” and Boston officials having to be super cautious at a public meeting on the city’s bid for the 2024 games...
A New Sharing Site Aims to Infect Users With Content
January 23rd, 2015 by Mike Bush
Sometimes, the headlines write themselves. This post was almost called “Journalists finally correct, PR people are infectious,” but I held off. A new social network called Plague has grown pretty considerably since November, and may force every PR firm...
Facebook Stands Up for the 'News'
January 22nd, 2015 by Doug Bedell
We thank Payne Public Relations for alerting us to another junction in the fadeout of reliable print news sources – Facebook’s approach to handling spurious news reports on its timelines. PR people need to know these things. Payne notes a Pew Research study that half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites, where it’s likely an “incidental” experience. Incidental or not, news ought to be accurate and, thankfully, Facebook is mindful of that....
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