PR is dead, Long live Publics Relations
Christine Perkett (whom I like to think of as another benevolent PR practioner here in Boston),
just put up a nice post on her blog answering the question someone posed to her from the audience in a recent Q&A session: Can I do my own PR?
Christine does a nice job describing the ongoing business value of PR and gets in a nice shot at
Jason Calacanis for his absurd "Fire your PR company" post.
You'll enjoy Christine's post which made me ponder....
With so many people jumping on the social media bandwagon, its important to emphasize content, source and detail. To turn McLuhan upside down. The medium isn't the message-- the message is the message. While the various media are becoming increasingly transparent, there's no short cut to good journalism and good PR (which helps to feed and support good journalism).
Using PR strategies and tactics to effectively engage and interact with all relevant publics-- is a skill and a business imperative.
What's changing with the shakeup in the media world--- Web 2.0 tools now let the messengers share the message to both influencers (formerly press and analysts) and with audiences (formerly readership/viewership). All are part of the process. Delivery of news and pseudo-news via undirectional mass media is increasingly replaced by dialogue and discovery.