In the last few days one of the hot topics on the interweb has been how PR people pitch bloggers. Some bloggers have begun to “out” these pr firms and create a list so people can put them into their spam filters and not receive e-mails from them. They are calling it a blacklist. Now PR people are pissed and there is a little argument going on about the ego of bloggers and how the process works. (I have to say I love the internet. It is like high school. You have people in different groups that bash people in other groups and then name-calling commences.)
I get a lot of e-mails daily with press releases or reminder e-mails about certain topics that companies want me to blog about. These e-mails always start in the same style, “Hey you know what your readers might think is really cool?” This is where I get annoyed because I don’t think they have your best interest at heart. In fact they don’t even know you guys. Because I have a feeling that you have zero interest these following pitches:
The new Uber Index is the premiere online destination for daily conversations on culture. Contributors to the Uber Index represent some of the brightest and most influential names in style, art, music, photography and social activism, and the Uber Index uses their views and opinions to spur discussions across various communities. Think of it as a culturally-focused Huffington Post. Is this something that your readers would be interested in learning more about?
Among the diverse collection of Uber Index contributors are investigative journalist/social activist Lisa Ling (Oprah, National Geographic), “It-girl” Cory Kennedy, hip-hop icon Reverend Run (RUN DMC)….
Wait a second Lisa Ling and Reverend Run have a blog on a site together? Holy crap in a hand basket does any give a shit what either of these people have to say? I know I sure as hell don’t. The only thing I care about Lisa Ling is to ask her why she gets canned from so many jobs? And of course the obvious question about her vagina and eyes being the same shape. Also I have no fucking idea who Cory Kennedy is. Either I am that unhip or she isn’t that big of an “it-girl”…
Remember when Parker Posey was the “it-girl” back in the late 90s? I like Parker Posey…Anyways.
Another pitch that I got recently was for a bunch of videos that Mo Rocca (formerly of the Daily Show) has made for Bank of America about banking. I guess Mo has come on some hard times and making these soul-crushing videos with weak attempts at humor is putting food on his table. Here was their pitch:
Mo Rocca has tackled some of televisions finest comedy programs. Now, the popular comedian is bringing banking to the people in a series of exclusive web videos that feature “Mo on Banking”. Known for his unique “man on the street” interviews, Mo is out and about in New York City, hoping to find out how others handle their finances. And, with his unique wit and sly humor, Mo makes sure that this is not like any financial inquiry you’ve ever seen!
First of all I am under the impression that none of you even have a checking account. For some reason I imagine the people that read this crap squirrel money away in their grandmother’s old prosthetic limb that they keep in a closet. (Ok fine, you all probably have bank accounts but I rather imagine with the prosthetic limb thing because it is that much cooler.) And honestly if I posted a video about wacky banking advice you wouldn’t rush out of your house screaming, “I don’t think I have proper over draft protection!” Just so you know if you are getting your banking advice from me you should probably just lob yourself off the top story of a building now, I write a fucking humor blog.
In closing I want to ask you the following questions. Answer them all, answer one, or talk about what underwear you are wearing today.
1) Do you give a shit what Lisa Ling has to say?
2) Do you give a shit about what any corporate press release has to say unless it is a recall of all chicken products because they are poisonous?
3) How far as Mo Rocca sunk?
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