The IPA is listening

Updated on January 22, 2009 I’ve always thought of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) as a bit of a disconnected professional body, one that’s not quite in step with the realities of what’s happening in the professional trenches, as it were, regarding social media. I say this as non-advertising man not immersed in that profession. Nevertheless, that is my impression. So reading Amelia Torode’s account of The future of advertising in a networked society, a professional development event…

FIR Interview: Jack O’Dwyer

Updated on January 21, 2009 Jack O’Dwyer is widely recognized as a voice of influence in, and a critic of, the public relations profession in the United States as well as an observer and journalist focused on the profession. His firm, The O’Dwyer Company, has been covering PR, marketing communications and related fields for 40 years. The company provides news and information about PR firms and professionals, the media, corporations, legal issues, jobs, technology, and much more through its website,…

Twestival: tweeting-up with a social conscience

Updated on January 22, 2009 If you’re a Twitter user, you like the idea of extending your virtual community into the real world, and you’d be keen to help a worthy cause, Twestival is right up your street. On February 12 in over 100 cities around the world, local Twestivals will be taking place which will bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water, a non-profit bringing clean and safe…

The White House 2.0

Updated on January 21, 2009 Something that swiftly caught attention and many imaginations yesterday is what happened to the White House website the instant after Barack Obama was sworn in as US President. The new site’s design and overall look-and-feel obviously reflect the change in incumbent at the White House, so it’s not the appearance of the site today compared to the previous version when George W. Bush was in charge that’s so much the main thing to talk about.…

Obamaicon me!

Updated on January 20, 2009 One of the interesting things – phenomena, perhaps – of the US presidential election campaign during 2008 was how many people remade themselves to look like Barack Obama. By that, I mean the images people use to portray themselves online. Such images are typically known as avatars. The iconic image you see here, created by Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey, typified the aspirations of many people, not only in the United States. It’s also…

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