|Amazon's Tone-Deaf PR
By: Doug Bedell
Where were Amazon's sensibility screeners when a book promoting pedophilia went on sale at its Kindle store? It took a firestorm of objections to prompt Amazon finally to remove the self-published book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct." Wouldn't a title like that set off alarm bells virtually anywhere else? This isn't about prudery, but conduct that's either illegal or grossly offensive to most people.
Should Amazon be beckoning people to "post your creepy texts here"? More pertinent to commentary on public relations, good PR requires vigilance and responsibility. If PR staff members aren't exercising alertness, why have them around?
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the proprietor of Resource Relations in Central PA, which focuses on organizational communication, crisis communication, and social media. His blog, “Beetles Beat,” can be found at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s DougBeetle.
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