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Comment 20:

Hahah!  That was cute! 😀  Wish they had more visuals though than just the bird though.

Did you know you can display the video right in your post?  Just click on the “Add Video” button above “numbered list” function when posting you blog, and select a video from a url, and then paste the link, or type And insert the address after the =’s sign. 🙂

Comment 19:

Oh my goodness, I hate spam in all it’s forms, including that unidentifiable meat product.  Especially here on WordPress, I found this whole blog that just copied everything I wrote and pasted it on theirs as a quote, and made some dumb illegible comment, linking it to some completely unrelated website. I was like, really?  Technically that’s a “spider” but it’s still annoying along the same principals of spam.

What does a PR practitioner do about it?  Well luckily most places are having more difficult mechanisms put in place to black spam, including most e-mail accounts, but in case your pitch ends up in the junk heap, I think putting a unique and interesting title will help, or having contact the person before and letting them know you’re sending them something.

Comment 18:

I found the list of words that are actually trade-marked fascinating, and a bit scary.  We use them all the time, and some of these inventions are so old and well known that I feel they shouldn’t even be able to claim trademark anymore.  Especially if the invention is so unique, we have no other name for it.

It’s like if someone trade-marked the name “basket ball”.  There isn’t another word for it!  What would we call it?  A big orange ball with black elliptical stripes?  Capitalism Fail.

Comment 17:

I disagree with your suggestion to spell check it.  On the contrary, radio and television writers often purposefully misspell words for phonetic purposes.  Reading a name like…oh I don’t know… “Aanahaljime” might be hard, but if I write out “Anna Hall Jime”, you’ll understand and read the name correctly on air.  And it’s not just true of names.  You spell it the way you have to when it’s going on hair.

This writing for broadcast tip has been brought to you courtesy of another wonderful class taught by professor Langley at Southeastern University. 🙂

Comment 16:

Oh come now, I don’t think it’s that big of a travesty.  Basically they’re just putting it out there that they are putting out a product that is identical to a McDonald’s product.  If they hadn’t went ahead and made the commercial imply that they stole it, people would have accused them of it.  At least this way, there is no shame to be had, they simply admit, “yes, we stole the idea, enjoy”.

Comment 15:

Haha!  I’ve heard horror stories about food service providers, especially fast food chains but I agree with you, this seemed just like a slow news day.  Besides, I think the whole video was staged.  It was just an attention-getting thing in my opinion.  Two kids wanting to have some fun.

I doubt that half of what the video shows actually occurs on a regular basis, and if it does, then it’s bad management, but not at the Corporate level, so having the president address the issue is useless.  If his employees don’t think the customer’s trust is “sacred”, then it doesn’t matter what he thinks.

Comment 14:

While I agree that there is a potential for the head covering to obstruct her vision, it is also rather true that a motorcycle helmet might do so worse.  Unless it statistically becomes a problem, I see no reason to make her take it off, especially given her religious convictions.

I wouldn’t immediately call it discrimination however, as there is good reason to believe it might cause problems, so unless this is a frequent occurrence, I see no reason to bring her religious convictions into it.

Comment 13:

I don’t think it’s necessary to show the footage, but at the same time I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to show it either.  It’s certainly gruesome, and I personally wouldn’t show it, but clearly, by the fact that it’s on Youtube, it’s available anyway… so no more harm can be done than has already occurred by it’s internet syndication.

Since it’s silent and not too bloody…I would show it if I was told too, otherwise no.

Comment 12:

Um, yeah, what the heck?  I heard it from another student days after it occurred.  If they want us to be safe, the least they can do is tell us what to expect?  I never dreamed anyone on campus would even be held at gunpoint.

On that note, I don’t even bother opening half the e-mails SEU sends out, because most of them are irrelevant, repetitious, or useless to me.  It seems this one was no exception, seeing as how it was ambiguous and unrelated to what happened.  “Look out for suspicious activities.”  Really?

Comment 11:

Wow I never considered time zones…  I guess it’s important too, if you’re pitching to a larger, distant publisher.  Also, pitching things too early caught me off guard.  I suppose it’s quite possible they might also simply forget about the pitch in the time between.  Similarly, it reminds me of Jeff’s visit to our class when he explained that if he gets it too late, it’s just trashed.

Comment 10:

What is most awful about this in my opinion, is that we hear hardly anything about it in our media.  Also, it’s not just girls, there have been male trafficking syndicates since even the times of the early Church.  Many speeches were given and written condemning the practice.  It’s a shame our Church is so concerned with harmless things like gay marriage, when people are out there being sold for sex. Sickening.  Thank you for raising awareness.

Comment 9:

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely agree that we should support starving or homeless children, but I can’t stand the advertising companies use for this kind of thing.  It’s always the most miserable child or family they can find, looking dumbly (in the proper sense) at the camera, with their head slightly tilted up so you can see their big eyes.  It’s so staged it makes me want to puke.

Comment 8:

I dislike Apple, but I’ll admit, the technology has come a LONG way.  I always watched Star Trek when I was younger, and they had these huge bleeping, shiny, computer things, and today’s cell phones and ipads put them to shame.  It’s quite sad actually…

Comment 7:

I LOVED this test.  I saw it several years ago when a friend in England sent it too me.  I don’t remember if I saw the bear, but I’m fairly certain I failed also. XD  It was an extremely effective advertisement.  I wonder though, if they hadn’t said, “count the number of passes” we would have seen the bear?

Comment 6:

Oh I forgot, I also wish we had looked more at Delicious and other ways to get our blogs “out there”.  If not for this class, for personal blogs and future marketing strategies.

Have you found anything useful about Delicious?

Comment 5:

You’re the first person I’ve seen mention Google Analytics.  It’s a pretty neat piece of software I wish we had looked at in class.  I actually discovered it myself for my private blog shortly after we began class.  It’s a lot more in-depth than the standard WordPress statistics features, but imagine trying to set it up would be a hassle.  Besides, only big companies would probably care to use it.  Small, privates blogs have no use.

Comment 4:

I love your list.  I think numbers 10, 3, and 2, all go hand-in-hand.  Wordy things are often boring, and they inherently never get to the point, and I bet number 1 could even be thrown in their too.  Nothing is so boring as repetitiously plugging your product every other thought, but at least those kind of people are straightforward…

And Fact Errors, oh my goodness.  I just recently read a news article that made a simple tweet out to be a product boycott.  Quite an embarrassment.

Comment 3:

Despite how destructive volcanic eruptions seem, and the damage they may cause, they are quite beautiful, if a bit violent.  In any case, I despise Twitter….but it does occasionally have it’s uses.

However, I can’t imagine this is anything more than a fluke.  With how many times I’ve seen the “fail whale” because twitter is down, I can’t imagine that in a larger emergency, Twitter would be useful in the least.

Comment 2:

Oh wow! I just have to say that when I came to this blog I was thoroughly impressed even by my first reaction. The incorporation of images, word wrapping, and image choices are phenomenal. Not to mention the amount and quality of substance.

While others, myself especially, struggle to update our blogs, yours is full of abundant, professional content. I just wanted to express my congratulations on doing an excellent job!

Comment 1:

It was completely and utterly scripted, and he’s a poor actor to boot.  The entire speech meant nothing in my opinion.  Whether or not he’s sorry about what he did is undetermined; I would assume he is, but nothing in that video said so.  Personally, I’m tired of hearing about him, so I wish he would have done this for real.

In short, yes, it was scripted, and poorly acted.  Despite the fact that he’s never been known for his public speaking abilities, I still think it’s a shame, and the whole fake made me sick.

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