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PR Still Needs More Controversy


It is amazing how the word ‘controversy’  gets people’s attention and it is also amusing how literal some people took my recent PR Needs More Controversy post. And, it is depressing how long it took me to write this follow-up.

A quick recap, I referenced that (regular) people often get emotional regarding lists like the ‘top ten athletes’ or the ‘top ten movies of all time’ yet lists of ‘top PR, Marketing or Communications folks’ rarely creates more than an ‘oh that’s nice’ response. My point was that we as an industry don’t like to argue our opinions with other professionals.

Don’t get me wrong, I was certainly appreciative of all the comments and re-tweets from that blog post, but I was surprised how many people actually thought I was suggesting we literally create an uber list of top people in the industry. Let me be clear THE LIST DOESN’T MATTER! What matters is that we stand up for what we believe even if especially if it means we disagree with our peers. It would be nice to see us as an industry be more emotion and maybe just maybe a bit less agreeable. 

Of course it’s great to get tweets and blog comments like ‘what a great point. I agree.’ But, sometimes it would be nice to be challenged a bit more. Now, that is not to say we shouldn’t be polite and civil, but it is okay to disagree sometimes.

Now, before someone feels the need to point out all of my faults, let me clarify that this blog is not calling for personal attacks and wall-to-wall criticism – we have families for that.  All I’m saying is that it is hard to believe that we are all right all the time.

Let me know if you disagree.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Sometimes I’m ashamed of the job I do. Why should I stand up?

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