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New York Times and other Media React to Anthony Weiner’s Latest Scandal: Too Much Bad Press to Run?

Mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner is once again in the middle of an embarrassing sex scandal. After taking a break from politics and public life to let the last scandal blow over, this second indiscretion could be the nail in the coffin for his public support and career. Matt Wilson’s article on PR Daily about Weiner’s PR woes questions whether the politician is working for the good of the people, or just his ego. Continue Reading →

"Who is Running this Magazine?" Rolling Stone’s PR Nightmare

After Rolling Stone magazine released its August cover featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the legendary magazine was met with a storm of backlash. Retailers are boycotting the issue and musicians are expressing their distaste, while social media is overflowing with outcry.

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine has long been a determining factor if a musician has achieved pop icon status. Alongside its commentary of the music industry, the magazine also has a tradition of serious reporting on the current cultural landscape. However, it isn’t an article about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s descent into radical Islam that is offending people, its Tsarnaev’s rock star looking cover photo. Continue Reading →

Steve Jobs: His Lasting Impact on Media Consumption

It’s hard to imagine a world without laptops, iPhones and iPads.  These gadgets have become as central to American culture as baseball and apple pie.  It seems everyone has an iPhone or some protype of one spurred on by the original.  The genius creative force behind these products was none other than Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The Apple innovator passed away Wednesday, leaving behind not only a slew of products and devastated admirers, but a legacy that changed the face of media consumption across the nation.  With their laptops and iPhones on hand, people have increasingly turned to online media outlets instead of their paper counterparts for the latest news.

This change didn’t happen overnight, though.  It was a long journey, beginning in Jobs’ garage.  Him and a colleague built their first personal computer there in 1976, pricing it at $666.66.  The Apple II was launched a year later at the West Coast Computer Faire to overwhelming praise, leading to the first true Macintosh computer in 1984.  Since then, Jobs has continued to revolutionize the technological world with new, innovative products.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement.  “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

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