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Posts Tagged ‘This American Life’

A Shot of Creative Inspiration from Ira Glass of ‘This American Life’

All the talk of content creation has led many of us in the PR field to re-examine what we do—and to question the value of our work.

The frustration of the creative process is something that everyone in media understands. Most of us experience it, one some level, every day.

This commentary by Ira Glass, host of NPR’s ”This American Life”, is a few years old; it was originally part of his series “On Storytelling.”

But the passage of time makes it no less relevant to the work we do. And this new video, created by German artist Daniel Frohlocke, helps visualize the sentiment.

It’s quick but inspiring. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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David Rakoff, Writer and Humorist, Dead at 47

At the core of all PR is humanity, and David Rakoff understood humanity like no one else. His insights were naked and powerful, his life heartfelt and poignant. Boldly insecure and damned funny, Rakoff connected with people because he was honest about being sad. For Rakoff, being unhappy was OK, even normal. For many of us, this unwelcome truth was beaten out of us as children and replaced with Santa Claus.

As noted in this Gothamist post, Rakoff opened his most recent book, Half Empty, with the lines “We were so happy. It was miserable.” If that doesn’t make you laugh, then I’ve got some terrible news for you about Santa Claus. Rakoff wrote two other collections of essays, Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable, in addition to publishing pieces in magazines from GQ to Spin. He was also a popular contributor to This American Life on NPR.

Rakoff’s death was especially notable because he treated his disease with humor, which is a form of courage we give to others to spare them our pain. Rakoff, born in Canada, was also a classic New Yorker—the kind of New Yorker who believed that art and its ability to bring together, and not money and its ability to separate, was at the core of the city’s soul. He will be missed. RIP David Rakoff. You can relax now.

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Whose Reputation Suffers from the Mike Daisey/’This American Life’ Retraction’?

Even though the weekly public radio program This American Life had to retract its very popular story about Apple’s Foxconn factory, poor working conditions at Foxconn will continue to be an issue the companies have to deal with.

“Our corporate image has been totally ruined,” said Foxconn spokesperson Simon Hsing in a media interview.

According to Reuters, the story forced Apple (and those who love Apple products) to take a closer look at how those products were being made. The fact that many of the things “reported” by Mike Daisey turned out to be untrue only clears the Foxconn name a little bit.

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