Welcome ’08 ‘The Year of the Vinny’

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNewsI grew up with a couple of Vinnies in Brooklyn and they were all the same. Kind of like the Vinny who commented so eloquently on the problem with Seesmic and the approach of its French backers. – See Review of the Jew ’07 - the ‘Vinny post.’ This is the year of the Vinny, raw, ribald instant feedback that blares the central problems in your face. It’s brutal but it’s honest. That Vinny comment on 1938Media was worth $100K in slow as hell focus groups. The Vinny post, as much as Feldman’s video, is where the Internet is going with business and creativity. Want to influence the influencer? Try impressing Vinny.

Seesmic went apoplectic over mid-December ’07 1938Media barrages. It shook up the company, turned the CEO into a cloying French poodle on its back with its legs up (as if this position is supposed to impress Americans), and sent Seesmic’s VC backers scurrying for a quick Plan B. Yo, Vinny did that. You ready for dat?  Vinny is the new consumer advocate of the web.   

Personally, I can’t get past Seesmic’s home page. What are they? Who are they? Why do they exist? Too dark, timid and mysterious (I did not say “French”). They need serious American PR help.

Stray Feldman chatter: Feldman named Person of Year on Strumpette (I voted for Vinny), Feldman announces for President on hilarious video.

Review of the Jew – so long ’07, hello ’08

EPIPHANY OF THE YEAR – You Don’t Need to Blog

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNewsNovember 19, 2007 broke like any other morning with one big difference – the thought of blogging made me ill. I had plenty to say, just didn’t feel like saying it, at least in this forum. And so it was for more than a month, a blissful break that could reactivate at any time. During my hiatus I discovered that we as Jews involved in the grand conspiracy to control the media, entertainment and banking businesses of the world, sometimes need to take a break, especially after such a fruitful year. I need to read the Talmud and go to shul, I don’t need to blog. So what I need to do right now is to celebrate Jews (and a couple of goys) who have had an exceptional year in creative and clandestine media manipulation.

VICTORY OF THE YEAR – Feldman Defeats French in Epic Battle

Loren Feldman is not only a Jew, he is a New York meshugenah who enoys good food and women with ample bosoms. His 1938media videos were entertaining and often hit on uncomfortable truisms driven by the force of Feldman’s Stanley Loren Feldman 1938 MediaKowalski personality. In 2007 Feldman was making his mark in a tight little circle, and then he unknowingly picked a fight with the Frenchies and took the whole thing to a higher level.

For a few days in December as Loren banned the French from his site (you can ban country-specific entry to your site) and the French Seesmic people tried to ban Loren in some pathetic display of ‘retaliation,’ we were witnessing real time prime video theatre that showed why unabashed French baiting is now a divine right of all Americans. It also showed that Loren is one tough Jew.

It started with the Seesmic Review, 12/16/07, but the heat of battle lasted more than three days through a torrent of videos on both sides of the Atlantic. Loic Le Meur CEO of Seesmic had run into the Feldman buzzsaw and he was completely Frenched. The lame-o videos that the Seesmic-ites produced to counter Feldman confirmed every French cliche going and created a few more.

Loren Feldman 1938 MediaLoic made two critical errors: he thought Loren was racist and he thought he was serious. And because of that Loren decided to get real serious and to taunt and antagonize and mock and humilate the French. It was amazing how many others wanted to join in. 1938Media attracts a sometimes rabid gang.

Vinny Says:
December 16th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

I love all the people calling Loren a racist. I know him personally. NONE of you do. The man is OBVIOUSLY not a racist so get the hell over yourselves.

Secondly, he made some valid points in the review. If your stupid asses watched it instead of looking for something to be offended for, you’d realize he was pretty much right. The interface sucks, the quality is dreadful, and the idea of having to watch multiple RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE: videos to see a reply.

Oh, and the Flash use on the entire site? SUCKS, and it’s slow as ass.

So maybe all you wounded Frenchmen should pay better attention and stop venting your inferiority complexes as cries of racism.

Pay attention, and learn.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Jew Hip Hop /Crank That Kosha Boy

BUG OUT OF THE YEAR – Jason McCabe Calacanis / Goy Wonder 

Jason McCabe CalacanisBaby faced Greek thumb sucking serial entrepreneur and dog face licker JasonMcCabe&Mrs.Miller CalacanisOuzo III (left, at NYC dim sum orgy) bowed out of a scheduled face-to-face one-on-one basketball showdown in a New York City schoolyard with Feldman the Mad Bald Jew. Bloated and surly from a dim sum fest in a dowdy Chinatown emporium with lowlife hackers and blogger wannabes, Calacanis blamed his bow-out on the weather and an over stuffing of kalamata olives.  In ’07 Calacanis aggressively hawked Mahalo, the first human powered search engine. Can it work? I question the following in its Guide Notes on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto: “Although shots were fired at her, she died of a fractured skull from hitting her head against the sun roof of her car.” Is that true or Pakistani government propaganda? Does the “human” in the Mahalo equation simply cut and paste “facts” from unreliable sources and further solidify a false story? ’08 will be a dangerous time in Internet communication as questionable sources gain credibility with unquestioning distribution channels. Calacanis is from Brooklyn. He should know about this.

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – Brian Connolly & Friends

Actually Brian (right) is runner up, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place in this category. “So, when I get an email from Amanda it’s really Brian?” somebody asked me, perturbed by the various genders and shadings of Brian. “Actually,” I said. “That is one of Brian’s personalities. And then Brian himself has several personalities. These days it’s best to keep a scorecard before responding.” One of Brian’s personalities likes to confront adversaries in postings, email and on the phone. That is the Brian that over-thought Strumpette into oblivion and then resurrection. Where does Strumpette go in 2008? I couldn’t venture but now at least my cell phone minutes are down 50% since I started talking to only one Brian. Despite the name that implies a long line of patronage in the Chicago police force and prominence at St. Patrick’s Day beer bashes, Brian actually claims Orthodox Judaism in his immediate family. Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote about Connolly and one of his personalities in Sex and the Shtetl.

PRBLOGNEWS POST OF THE YEAR – Psychedelia baby 

See PR & LSD – a long strange happy tradition

MOST CHASTENED – Steve Rubel

I apologize for calling Microconfusion blogger Steve Rubel a shiny head Yoda and incorrigible link whore. Now that he has admitted that everything he has been frantically flogging for the past two years is bull he can only be accused of being the latter. 

MOST STALWART – Richard Edelman

Talk about a big shot Jew. Richard has his name on hundreds of doors all around the world. This year he finally admitted that we don’t need the established goy media and we can manipulate the masses directly through social media. My mother Shirley, God rest her soul, would be in love with this man. Plus, he blogs consistently even when he has nothing to say except that he had drinks with a journalist and commissioned a new study that will prove a greater need for his PR services.

MOST IMPROVED – Eric Schwartzman

He got a haircut and picked up his pants. Bravo.  But the goofball video he has on iPressroom looks geeky and dated … but maybe that sort of thing works in L.A. Is he a Jew?

BEST LOBOTOMY – B.L. Ochman

It has to be why she is like that.

They shot that woman!

Benazir BhuttoThat’s what the cab driver said as I slid in. He was holding up the New York Daily News. “The government shot that woman. How could they do that?”

He was Pakistani, like many New York cab drivers, and he was articulating the prevailing sentiment – that the government of Pakistan was to blame for the assassination. They were not buying the story that Bhutto hit her head on the sunroof and died, and that they intercepted a message from Al Qaeda proving that they were behind the suicide bombing. That’s PR for autocrats. “We are responsible,” he said, referring to the U.S. (us).

New York is home to 100,000 Pakistanis, the largest Pakistani community in the U.S. Today, they were shocked and enraged and they needed to tell anybody who would listen.

Bhutto loved New York, city loved her NY Daily News

Shock in Pakistani Enclaves in New York, The New York Times

See PAKISTANI BLOGGERS for a round-up of independent news within the country

For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just a week before Bhutto flew home in October. The call culminated more than a year of secret diplomacy — and came only when it became clear that the heir to Pakistan’s most powerful political dynasty was the only one who could bail out Washington’s key ally in the battle against terrorism. Washington Post, 12.27.07

Loren Feldman Says It All

 

PR/Media Week in Review 11-18-07

Oracle from Omaha Reading PRBlogNews?

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNews, Week in Review 11-18-07I am not saying that Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, avidly reads PRBlogNews. I will say that when Alex Rodriguez called him for advice the Omaha Oracle told A-Rod to dump his punk agent BorAss and go to Tampa and have a face-to-face with the Steinbrenner family to make amends and hammer out a contract. Two Goldman Sachs execs reportedly brokered the peace and now Alex Rodriguez is set to receive his second MVP in three years and simultaneously announce a 10 year contract with the Yankees so the best player in baseball can set his records with the most successful franchise in sports history. He’s following the playbook we outlined here last week, complete with apology for the crude and disrespectful way Boras treated the Yankees and all baseball fans. What a turnaround. Hail the conquering A-Rod.

Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees

Contrast A-Rod’s situation with the continuous pounding that Barry Bonds gets in the media and you you can see how big a role PR plays in baseball today. “Big Fat Liar” is what the NY Post calls Bonds. It’s not that Bonds took steroids (the evidence that he did is impressive) it is that he continues to evade questions about it and carries an attitude that is bigger Barry Bondsthan his bulging biceps. The only place Bonds is liked is in San Francisco and they won’t hire him next year. Will anybody?

Alex Rodriguez taught a baseball clinic yesterday at the South Miami Boys & Girls Club where he spent a good deal of his youth immersed in the healing powers of baseball. This is what he told the kids:

“When you see me on television, when you see me here, know I am the most humble and blessed human being on this earth. And that’s why I think it’s a responsibility for me to be here. You don’t even have to thank me. It’s my duty; it’s my obligation. Now it’s your job to try to live your dreams and play with me in the Major Leagues.”

Rodriguez said that once he became a touted prospect in high school, he would joke among his friends that if he could ever play five years in the Majors and make $1 million, “I’d be the happiest guy in the world.” One of the smart aleck kids said: “Are you saying that you are 275 times happier now?” Brilliant!

Wall Street Journal Online Soon Free … or what?

The New York Times, Economist, and Slate gave up their paid online subscriptions, and soon so will the Wall Street Journal, according to Rupert Murdoch musing out loud. Why then did I get an email from the Journal yesterday asking if I would like to re-up my online subscription at a reduced rate? Of course I said no! Do they want to see how many suckers they can reel in before making a decision? The options are fairly simple – do they want a million paid subscribers or 15 million eyeballs they can charge for advertising. Whatever, the Journal Online needs an extreme makeover. It is ponderous, boring, and poorly organized. For many of us it is a “must” read but they don’t make it easy.

Paris Does Not Like Drunken Elephants

Paris Hilton - drunken elephants?Brian Connelly sent me a link to a story last week that had all the elements of a Strumpette satire. It was an AP story (reputable source?) about Paris Hilton’s charitable efforts to save farmers from rampaging elephants who were becoming drunk on a local concoction. Sounded weird enough to be almost true. A couple of days later, AP issued a correction. Never happened and the quotes were fabricated. The story ran in dozens of newspapers across the country. Nice hoax, whoever perpetrated it, and proof once again that mainstream media is just as susceptible as us lowly no-account bloggers to false information.

GAUHATI, India – In a Nov. 13 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India. Lori Berk, a publicist for Hilton, said she never made any comments about helping drunken elephants in India.

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