Our Blog ~ Pros and Cons

Pros and cons will discuss the good and bad in marketing, media and politics. It will also feature marketing tips and whatever else we’re in the mood for posting.

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May 28, 2013

America didn’t become the freest and most prosperous country in the world by accident.

Our military forces, from the Minutemen to the soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, have given us the freedom we enjoy by putting their lives at risk every day.

May 23, 2013

Those who practice law are called lawyers or attorneys.  Those who practice medicine are called doctors or physicians.  Those who cover news are called reporters or journalists.  Those who practice public relations are called … well, there’s really no consistent title.

Are we public relations practitioners, still practicing after all of these years?  Are we public relations specialists or public relations professionals?  Are we publicists or press agents, which implies that all we do is get our clients published?  Are we flacs?

May 21, 2013

Dear graduate.

Your education is just beginning.  Welcome to the real world.

As you begin your job search, you’ll notice that there are few jobs for people with your lack of experience.  If you have a liberal arts education, you’re ill-prepared for a real job anyway.

The college that provided you with your degree in journalism or women’s studies may make money off of it, but you won’t.  Now, don’t you wish you chose a major that was a little more challenging?

May 20, 2013

"Maybe there is a beast. ... maybe it's only us.'"

William Golding, Lord of the Flies

 

The anarchy of the Internet is one of its greatest attractions.  Anyone can say anything.  And, when leaving comments, we’re all equals.

So what should I make of the discussion I began in the LinkedIn group Public Relations and Communications Professionals that has attracted more than 250 comments?

May 16, 2013

Maybe the IRS should be investigating tax-exempt organizations.

Instead of targeting conservative organizations, though, the IRS should consider targeting liberal organizations.  You know – the ones that pay no taxes, but want to raise everyone else’s taxes.

When organizations are tax-exempt and are not paying to support the government, those of us who pay taxes are indirectly supporting them with our tax dollars.  Why should my tax dollars benefit organizations that want to raise my taxes?

May 15, 2013

Baby killer Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced to life in prison.  A more appropriate sentence would have been death by “snipping.”

Snipping” is the term for killing a person by cutting the spinal cord with scissors.

That may sound like a horrible punishment for a 72-yaer-old man, but it’s the method he used to kill hundreds of babies in his abortion mill.

May 14, 2013

So who should the IRS investigate?  Groups that want to “make America a better place to live” or groups that want to destroy our freedom?

The folks at the IRS, possibly with direction from higher up, determined that anyone who wants to make America a better place to live has to be a conservative and should, therefore, be targeted for scrutiny.  Those using terms like “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their case files when seeking tax exemption were also targeted, as were those who were critical of how the country is being run.

May 12, 2013

My Mom

“What are your plans for Thanksgiving?” my mother asked on a Saturday in November.

“Mom, Thanksgiving was Thursday.  We picked you up, brought you to our house for dinner, then brought you home.”

My mother, at 85, no longer remembers what day it is, but she still remembers me and she remembers my sister.  She is happiest when she asks about her grandchildren, even if she can’t remember that my oldest son is married and that she attended the wedding two-and-a-half years ago.  Or that my youngest son is not married, but has long since graduated from college.

May 10, 2013

In a recent post, I asked readers to define “public relations” in three words or fewer.

In addition to the comments on my blog, the post has received 75 comments so far on the Public Relations and Communications Professionals LinkedIn Group.  Some of the responses are quite good.  Here are a few examples:

May 10, 2013

In a previous post, I bemoaned the missing space.

Having been taught at an early age that a sentence ends with two spaces, I was critical about the lack of respect two spacers get.