Murphy's Law

Tom Murphy

The opt-in PR lobotomy…

I’ve pointed out many times before that whilst blogs have performed a fantastic public service by democratizing people’s ability to share their opinions, it’s an awful pity that more people haven’t heeded Mark Twain’s advice that it’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear ignorant than open it and remove all doubt.

That’s one of the thoughts that came to me while I was catching up on my blog reading yesterday evening. It’s interesting to see what a bit of distance can do for your perspective.

The idea that we should look at some sort of “quality control mechanism” for PR blogging is an idea looking for a lobotomy.

Really I have to wonder. Kids if you have nothing interesting to say… No let me re-state that, if you have nothing to say that makes the slightest bit of sense, or adds no value, then surely your own theory on quality rules yourself out of writing that crap in the first place… I hope you’re still with me on this.

My second thought was this. At least the poor unfortunate above had the cojones to stand over their opinion. Anonymous blogs deserve anonymity. No links, no engaging in comment wars. If you want to share your opinions then step up and show yourself, hiding your identity is the coward’s chosen path.

[Daniel: While it’s great you’re getting involved in the “conversation”, there’s an old adage that I think is appropriate: when you’re in a hole, stop digging. Step away from the spade. There are 450 PR blogs, I’d like to see 6,000. Think of the bank of PR knowledge and experience that would create. The quality of information and opinions online is self-regulating, those who have valuable insights will garner the greatest audiences and vice versa. I’d love to see some PR person regulate this blog….]

Clickable: Stuart Bruce, Mike Manuel, Eric Tatro, David Parmet, Morgan McLintic, Phil Gomes, Shel Holtz.

Postscript:
In retrospect this post was a little harsh… read the next post.

Written by Tom Murphy

May 4, 2006 at 8:07 am

Posted in General

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