Posts Tagged 'Astroturfing'

Week 13 New Media, -the Culmination of a Poststructuralist Reality?

Chia and Synnott’s entire chapter on new media and PR was very interesting to me, mostly because they mentioned Astroturfing and addressed it as unethical. This is in line with my earlier findings on astroturfing and google bombing. Chia and Synnott describe what must be seen as rather obvious to my generation of digital natives: the proliferation of digital media, empowerment of the individual, PR practitioners taking up these new platforms despite any reservations, and decentralisation of the construction of meaning. I do not dispute their claims, but I would like to highlight an increasingly worrying trend both in new and old media: that of information warfare and manipulation. Yes, the RANT category is back!

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Week 8: More FEIYUE(飞跃) Branding, Ethics of Astroturfing, Google Bombing

This week I deal with two seemingly distinct topics, yet there is strong evidence of the occurrence of both in the playing field of Feiyue. Perchance your expect the content of this post to deal with the target audience and the general strategy? Well that will have to wait till next week’s post. The act of Information Gathering takes precedence over strategy planning, so here is my preliminary finding on the brand image of Feiyue.

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Week 5: A Critique of Media Relations

The hegemony of lazy journalists, despite its pathetic nature, manages to be influential enough to reach the scholastic education of the academy. I jest. Media relations forms a key aspect of public relations, so much so that some consider media relations to be used interchangeably with public relations. Today I had a debate about the whether media relations should be the focus of most PR campaigns.

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