The Affect Team Weighs In: Media Manipulation, Fact Checking and HARO

Wednesday’s Forbes article had the PR industry buzzing about self-proclaimed media manipulator, Ryan Holiday. Ryan used the popular industry tool, HARO to secure media coverage for himself on topics that he was not qualified to comment on, ranging from office stories to record collections to winterizing boats. This resulted in his inclusion in high profile stories and publications, including The New York… Continue reading

Sarah Lacy at SXSWi: What Happened?

I confess I have never been to South by Southwest. However, the beauty of any conference attended by obsessive bloggers is that you can follow the fun online wherever you are. Yesterday afternoon, I noticed a few tweets regarding Sarah Lacy’s keynote interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Sarah, a tech reporter for BusinessWeek, was… Continue reading

O’Reilly Radar: Resurrecting Industry Standard Pretty Much Pointless

The news magazine of the Internet economy is back. The question is: does anyone care? I stumbled upon the new Industry Standard website recently and had the same reaction as O’Reilly Radar’s Jimmy Gutterman: The new site is, to these eyes, an unintentional parody of Web 2.0 features. Rather than mere advertising, it has a… Continue reading

Microsoft/Yahoo Acquisition Coverage in the New York Times’ Tech Blogs

I have been following the Microsoft/Yahoo acquisition story all morning, and, I must say, it’s amazing to me how many creative, well-written pieces the New York Times has posted on this subject today. The paper’s Technology home page is usually where I start my day at the office. From there, I usually get hooked into… Continue reading

BusinessWeek’s Joseph Weber Goes ‘On the Record’

Eric Schwartzman, managing director of Schwartzman & Associates and founder of iPressRoom, served up another compelling interview this week in his On the Record…Online podcast. In his August 3, 2007 podcast, Schwartzman ‘sits down’ with Joseph Weber, chief of correspondents for BusinessWeek, to discuss what a typical work day (if there is such a thing!)… Continue reading