On this blog I’ve tried to keep from gazing too deeply into the incestuous pool of PR bloggers. Who really cares that a bunch of spin-flingers and gaffe-catchers are able to muss each others’ hair with accusations of ethical lapses, flawed logic or (gasp!) overenthusiastic evangelism for social media?
The latest target of "Amanda Chapel" (a pseudonym used by one or more satirists on Strumpette.com) is Chris Clarke, a recent hire, straight out of college, at Toronto PR agency Thornley Fallis. His offence: insulting Strumpette in an article he wrote for The Blog Herald.
Not content to just post something nasty in return, Strumpette’s only known conspirator Brian Connolly phoned Chris’ boss and complained about his freelance writing.
This, after allegedly complaining last year of harassment by another PR blogger to the Public Relations Society of America, of which said blogger is a member.
Written personal attacks are the stock-in-trade of publications like Canada’s Frank Magazine, and sites like Strumpette. It’s how they generate buzz, gain attention, and parlay their satire and scandal into some ad revenue.
When the "satirist" starts calling your boss and goes trophy-hunting for your professional accreditation, you begin to check your bathtub for a knife-wielding Glenn Close a la Fatal Attraction.
Vigourously going after a first-year PR employee qualifies Strumpette as having sunk to a new low. Not only can "she" attack the industry leaders, "she" also tries to punch out the youngest kid in the class during recess.
Strumpette may get traffic pulling that sort of crap, but "she" doesn’t get my respect. Bob LeDrew also comments.