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TechCrunch and Wired Lead Anti-PR Revolt

twitter (104583) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Ever wondered how the tech press all ends up talking about the same stuff at the same time and why so many stories look like dupes that make Slashdot look original? There was an editorial revolt against PR practices by TechCrunch and Wired spills all the beans. TechCrunch is tired of "Embargos", a practice where talking points are issued t

Ever wondered how the tech press all ends up talking about the same stuff at the same time and why so many stories look like dupes that make Slashdot look original? There was an editorial revolt against PR practices by TechCrunch and Wired spills all the beans. TechCrunch is tired of "Embargos", a practice where talking points are issued to everyone who's willing to wait till a specified date to publish. Both TechCrunch and Wired are fed up with spams by people too lazy to build propper relationships. Both report ugly details of abusive manipulation by the PR firms and their masters. Though TechCrunch apparently fears Waggener Edstrom, they were happy to show off an ugly letter from someone from a weaker firm. The arrogance displayed is breathtaking.

Lois is one of the most obnoxious PR people you'll ever meet, and the poster child for everything that is wrong with the industry. ... Lois takes pleasure in making people miserable, and her specialty is spamming. ... [here's what she wrote someone who asked to be removed from a list] "CES publishes a list of press. You are one of a few thousand. ... I have seen nasty people like you melt away faster than a snowball going up hill in the rain. I am waiting for an apology. Maybe we can meet at CES for a hug or a slug. P.S. I just visited your web site. I would hardly call your blog a publication, However, you do have very interesting content ...."

Translation: eat my spam or die. TechCrunch thinks the PR firm's days are over,

As the economy turns south, PR firms are under increasing pressure to perform and justify their monthly retainers which range from $10,000 to $30,000 or more. In short, they have to spam the tech world to get coverage, or lose their jobs.

It's good to revolt against these practices but they only scrape the surface of what's wrong with tech writing. Neither deals with OEM manipulation that always backs up the worst of hack writing. PR firms are also engaged in a whole other world of abuse, astroturf and heckling designed to stifle academic and professional conversations which fall outside of market force control. The sooner these games end, the better informed all of us will be. Traditional news has long failed to inform, now much of it also fails to make money.

Story also submitted to firehose.

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I thought you should know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26286511)

Your antics bring tears to my eyes, dear Twitter (I know you like it to be capitalized).

Unfortunately, these tears are of both laughter, and sadness. I seriously hope, but at the same time, seriously doubt, that all your activity is a big joke you're playing on the Slashdot community, or maybe part of some complex, in-depth sociological/technological study. If (as I suspect) neither of the former are true, and you are convinced that you are "clinically sane", I would hypothesize that you most definitely are not. If this is (might be) the case, I would ask you, just as a pure favor or for the sake of science (if granting favors to an AC is not your style), to submit yourself to a clinical psychiatrist for a diagnosis. If you do this and he/she concludes you are perfectly functional without treatment, I would love to hear back on this board (I will check it regularly for a couple weeks). If he/she concludes that some form of treatment would be beneficial, and you choose to submit to the treatment, I propose a "test" of sorts. After you begin treatment, create a new Slashdot user account, and ONLY post with that account. If the diagnosed condition(s) are real, and the treatment works, then I predict that your new user account will attain (and regain, if lost) much higher karma, much faster than your other accounts. Of course, the assessment of whether or not this is working will only be known by you, unless you choose to release the results (and the name of the account). I also believe that if the Slashdot community was made aware of successful results, their knee-jerk mod-down reflex/bias would subside, and the arguments you make with this account would finally return to being judged on the merits of their content. Additionally, if there is a M$ Slashdot Moderator conspiracy, this will demonstrated clearly by the lack of change in moderation of your posts, despite the quality of your posts increasing. Such a conspiracy will also be made clear from the frequency of directly opposing moderations (i.e. offtopic/insightful, underrated/overrated).

If, however, you are already aware of your mental differences, and are receiving professional treatment for them, I applaud you, and wish you the best on overcoming your personal demons. I apologize for posting this anonymously, but my Slashdot user account can be linked to my real life, and, to be blunt, I feared what damage you might do to my real-life reputation if you felt that you were insulted by this post. I apologize for any insult contained within this post (I did try to keep my language as neutral, but honest, as possible).

I look forward to your response, and wish you a Happy New Year!

-Just A Concerned Slashdotter

Re:I thought you should know... (1)

ConcernedSlashdotter (1442437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26286817)

I realized shortly after I wrote the above post that I could create a user account just for this purpose, with an attached email account (made to be viewable) also for this purpose. That way you do not have to publicly respond to the above post.

I still do hope to hear from you!

Re:I thought you should know... (1)

ConcernedSlashdotter (1442437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26286881)

I apologize, Slashdot is not saving my email viewability preferences properly. My email is this Slashdot user nickname (all one word), at gmail.com
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