2017: Through the Looking Glass

Written by Carl Davidson, Head of Insight at Research First “I daresay you haven’t had much practice… why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, There really is no polite way to say this: the world is awash with bullshit. We can dress this up…

#PRConf15 guest blog four: PR and ethics

Written by Bruce Fraser FPRINZ, PRINZ President The London Underground, and other railway systems around the world, warn passengers to ‘mind the gap’, that space between the platform and the train. Gaps of course can be awfully enticing and provide the subject for much discussion. ‘Mind the Gap’ is the theme for this year’s Public…

Social media and ethics – implications for PR practitioners

While there are umpteen opportunities, there are also an increasing number of challenges that PR and communications management practitioners face in the online world (especially social media). Among other issues, ethical dilemmas are now becoming something practitioners have to deal with on a daily basis. Dr. Margalit Toledano and Levarna Fay Wolland’s research paper (Ethics…

Art or Science? Raise the question and break the shackles

Where do we find value in public relations? In its artistry – the crafted word, the creative inspiration, the intricate network of relationships, personal interaction and influence?  Or in its science – the analysis, careful research and detailed observation that provides insight into an organisation and its stakeholders? As practitioners, we are called to account to…

Has Google rung in a new notion of ‘corporate governance’?

A major demonstration of new-style corporate intervention occurred today when Google teamed with Twitter and newly acquired start up SayNow to circumvent the Egyptian government’s lockdown of the country’s internet system. Catch up on the Google blog in full here, but the brief version is that the three companies created a voice-to-web communication system that…