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Today in Irony: Reality TV Snake Preacher Bit by Snake, Dies

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Hey Pastor? Those snakes bite.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 KJV)

That is a verse in the Bible. It’s meant to be a metaphor highlighting the power of the Cross in a Christ-follower’s life. It wasn’t said for fools to walk out in the desert, see a cobra, grab it by the tail and start dancing like a freak. Nonetheless, that happens, which is what gave this guy a reality show on the National Geographic Channel.

And today, he’s dead. Surprised?

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘The Internet is Making America Stupid.’

pinheadWarm. Fuzzy. And a fresh batch of WTF, right?

While I would mail a high-five to Mr. O’Reilly if he said that about text messaging for all the dolts who speak in text lingo, he said the entire Internet is making us a nation of idiots.

Newsweek survey is causing his manties to ride up his self-righteous behind. You see, more than 3 million immigrants took the U.S. citizenship examination from October 2009 to August 2013. Roughly 92 percent of applicants passed it.

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The 10 Biggest PR Losers of 2013

Oh sure, he looks happy NOW...

Sure, he’s happy now. Just wait ’til he wakes up tomorrow.

Now that 2014 has granted us nearly 48 hours’ worth of hard-earned hindsight, we’d like to pull out our overgeneralizing caps and name the ten biggest losers of the past year.

This list isn’t about individual failures destined to be remembered for decades: it’s more about the entities that lost the public’s trust in 2013.

So check it out and feel free to disagree with us, because that’s what the Internet is all about.

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I Am Hating Texting. Period.

The PeriodSo, I’m writing an important text the other day. I forget to whom. Maybe it was a “Hey Santa, I can explain” note of love. Anywho, my blushing bride is proofing it for me and shared that the placement of a certain period makes me look angry.

Wait…what?

It’s a period, not an exclamation point. Even braces in an emoticon can show some angst (or a mustachioed emoticon if turned upside down), but a period?! It makes no sense to me. And then, I read this article from the New Republic that is making me reconsider writing for something with less regimen in it.

Like the U.S. Penal Code.

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The 5 Types of Media Members You Meet at Events

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And now for something completely different: an infographic!

This one comes to you courtesy of Bizzabo, which AOR 5WPR describes as “the leading mobile networking app for conferences” specializing in integrating social into the event planning/attendance process.

Click through for their take on the different types of media folks you meet at the average event:

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Does Public Relations Have a Problem Relating to the Public?

shutterstock_105032324Weber Shandwick‘s president of digital Chris Perry addressed the headlining question in a Forbes article inspired by a recent conference on the future of media and PR. Here’s the issue as he sees it:

“The continued, misguided belief that marketing and PR teams are smarter than people they are trying to reach.”

A common complaint made against media “elites” and board members alike is that they underestimate the intelligence of their audience. Does PR have the same problem? Here’s a key quote from media critic Douglas Rushkoff, whose new book Present Shock is an analysis of the current state of things:

“This is an industry fathered by a man — Ed Bernays — that believed that people were too stupid to run their own lives.”

That stings. But how many times do we remind ourselves to keep the message simple so the public understands it?

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MWW Expands Amidst ‘Independent Agency vs. Holding Company’ Debate

MWW_Group_398645Today brings news that MWW has finalized its acquisition of London-based Parys Communications, which will now become part of the larger MWW organization. While the move expands the firm’s client roster to include names like News UK (part of News Corp.) and BBC Worldwide and adds all of Parys’ employees to its team, we’re most interested in its strategic implications.

As Edelman‘s David Armano noted in an August AdAge op-ed, the supernova merger of Omnicom and Publicis led to “swelling…support for independent shops” over the far larger holding companies that would (supposedly) lack the “agility” and entrepreneurial spirit of feistier competitors. Armano wrote that his original employer “had stopped innovating and…winning like we used to” after being bought by Omnicom and that he had a similar experience at Digitas.

His article described the holding company experience as a classic tale of a small fish in a big pond but ultimately concluded that the quality of work and employee satisfaction at any agency depends more on the talent within it than any other factor.

MWW is better qualified than some to comment on this trend, and today President/CEO Michael W. Kempner gave us his quick take.

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And Now Obamacare is to Blame for Bad Driving

DOT_message“The scourge of healthcare,” “A death spiral for all Americans,” “The beginning of the end” and “Socialism’s entry into the USA.”

These have been in the news as lovingly euphemisms for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” It’s no secret the name, the idea and even the damn website isn’t exactly winning the White House many brownie points with the voting public.

And with this report via Forbes from the Manhattan Institute, we have another reason why people hate it: “In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent.” Makes so mad you could run someone off the road, huh?

Whelp, funny you say that…

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Meet the Anti-PR PR Firm. Confused yet?

S/O to SpinSucks.com for the artworkIn the wonderful world of agency life, there exists the temptation to reduce prices for fear of clients looking at the menu from right to left (think about it, frugal folk). You are flooded with new business propositions, cross-selling, upselling and determining what works best.

And then, here comes some anonymous ne’er-do-well who founded a startup firm while working out of mom’s garage, surrounded by the nicely kept Star Wars action figures still in their original packaging. The price he offers your client is nearly half of what you pitched. Sure, you know the aphorism “You get what you pay for,” but try telling that to a client living on a budget.

To that point I introduce possible ne’er-do-well Ryan Evans, who wants to unweave the tapestry of PR like a cat in heat with a newly shewn ball of yarn.

Evans, who owns and operates BiteSize PR according to this story from Chicago Grid, has declared a goal to “reverse the flow of information between public relations and journalists.”

“It’s not a PR agency as people typically think of it,” Evans says.

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Hallmark Shows Off Its GLAAD Card, Revises ‘Deck the Halls’

HALLMARK-HOLIDAY-SWEATER-ORNAMENTWhelp, it’s a Christmas story…in October…before Halloween. Sigh.

And as opposed as I am to discussing the most wonderful time of the year before the time of the year has arrived, this story from HuffPo just didn’t light my Yuletide log in a blaze of glory.

So, before I rant, look at the “fun” picture. Notice anything? Hearing the melody of “Deck the Halls” racing in your mind? Yeah, so much for that tradition as the lovely people at Hallmark has decided to take folklore into its hands and change the lyrics of the song.

Why? You guessed it. Because of a word that had nothing to do with the world in which we live in 2013.

More about that word after the jump:

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