Either that or the â€˜trapped in the headlightsâ€™ perspective. :)
This is a screengrab by Bernie Goldbach, taken in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday during a meeting of the Irish Internet Association at the Digital Hub, at which I kicked off a discussion about social media and business.
I think the scene Bernie captured was a moment during a lively exchange of views between Damien Mulley and I about the Brand/Ross/BBC fiasco and what the driver of public complaints was: the media and Daily Mail in particular (Damienâ€™s view), or the tech that enabled people to share their opinions with anyone with a net connection (my view). We didnâ€™t agree; the right answer is probably both.
In any event, it was a great meeting, one that Bernie video-streamed live to people who were participating remotely. Thanks again to Brendan Hughes, chair of the IIAâ€™s Social Media Working Group, and the IIAâ€™S Roseanne Smith, for enabling me to take part in such an interesting session.
Before the IIA meeting, Bernie and I had lunch with a group of entrepreneurs and talked about Qwitter, among other wide-ranging topics. That was an especially interesting conversation as one of the group was Eoghan McCabe of Qwitter (or, more precisely, Contrast, the company behind Qwitter).
I recorded much of our conversation which will be up as an FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast as soon as I get a moment to edit and produce it, likely this weekend.
That evening, I delivered a guest lecture to many of the students of the post-graduate Masterâ€™s degree course in public relations at the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, thanks to the kind invitation to do so from the DITâ€™s John Gallagher.
My contribution to yesterdayâ€™s FIR was some thoughts about the events of Wednesday which I recorded really late that night while they were fresh in my mind.
On Thursday, I led a one-day workshop on social media and PR for the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, which was the prime reason for my visit to Dublin. I hope to post some specific thoughts about that workshop (and the DIT lecture) a bit later. Thanks again to PRII Chief Executive Gerry Adams and Marketing Manager Cyrilla Costello for their terrific hospitality and welcome.
Itâ€™s been a busy week! And I want to especially thank Bernie Goldbach â€“ Topgold indeed â€“ for his selfless connectivity and enthusiasm. Krishna De, too, who added major value to the PRII workshop with her participation in the afternoon.
People like all those Iâ€™ve mentioned are reasons why I really like visiting Ireland.