Dear PR folk,
Its been about 5 years since this blogging thing ramped up. Astoundingly, over 90% of you still do not have a clue. Considering how related this is to your field, that’s a pretty astonishing number. I don’t know who pays you people, but man, that has to be one of the lowest ROI that has ever existed.
Since you assclowns seem to be lost, allow me to suggest some guidelines that perhaps the brighter of your group may benefit from (the rest of you can skip to the end):
1. Stop emailing me your random crap. You have in a very short time become spammers. Merely blast emailing (again, that’s spam) will get you and your entire offices blacklisted everywhere.
2. If you are going to email stuff out (spam-like though that may be) try perusing the blogs you send things to. How about trying to reach a blog that is relevant to your subject matter? I know, that would involve labor on your part, but if its not remotely related to the subject matter at hand, you are wasting people’s time and your employers money.
3. Try sending out items that are interesting. Again, this involves work, but the boring shit I’ve gotten from you is simply unreadable. No one will blog about it. NO ONE.
4. Exercise some discretion in the clients you take. Some of the crap you are trying to promote is a step away from the opening of a new supermarket. Are you simply whores that work for whoever writes you a paycheck, regardless ?
To review: No random crap, don’t spam, make it relevant, make it interesting, stop being whores.
Oh, and I plan on enforcing these rules.
Piss me off further and I will return the favor (since by your behavior, your unsolicited commercial email is spam). How’d you like to
have all of your phone numbers, fax #s and email addresses to become
unusable? I can set up an auto dialer/emailer in
Khazackstan Kazakhstan for 58 cents a day. Maybe when you come back from a month’s sabbatical, you might be able to make an outgoing call (but not before).
Good luck tracing it back to the U.S.
PS: What’s your cell phone number?
This is scheduled to disappear from Yahoo soon — I wanted to capture it before it went away. Its a criticque of Supply Side economics by Charles Wheelan, former US columnist for the Economist, and at present an economics and public policy professor at the University of Chicago and visiting prof at Dartmouth College. Wheelan is the author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science.
Debunking One of the Worst Ideas in Economics
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
"In this column, I’m focusing on bad economics. In fact, I’m going to write about what I consider to be the two worst economic ideas — or at least ideas that pass as economics, though both have been thoroughly repudiated by nearly all credible thinkers.
When I say worst, I don’t mean the most outlandish (e.g. stock prices are controlled by aliens) because those ideas usually collapse of their own weight. Rather, the most pernicious bad ideas in economics are those that have a ring of truth. They’re hard to debunk because they have a certain intuitive appeal. As a result, they stick around, providing bogus intellectual cover for bad policy, year after year, decade after decade.
For the sake of political balance, I’ll skewer a favorite of the right in this column, and then a favorite of the left in my next piece.