Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
.” “Storage Wars
.” “Whale Wars
.” It seems like everything is a battle nowadays, at least on television. Why should grammar be any different? The latest is a clash of the commas—specifically, the Oxford comma. Recounting both the pros and cons of the controversial punctuation mark, mental_floss
outlines how the U.S. media square off on the issue. And while we already know where Vampire Weekend stands
on the matter, where do PR Daily
readers’ allegiances fall?
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Newspapers of the AP persuasion might be of the anti-Oxford comma faction, but look where that’s gotten them—struggling to adapt
in an all but digital world. As more news publications spar to stay alive, they look to alternative revenue streams. At The Boston Globe
, this means leasing its office space
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It’s not that print has any one person to blame for its industry setbacks. However, if you’re compelled to place blame somewhere, today’s green journalists with their so-called “cop talk” are probably an easy target. Boing Boing
Then again, perhaps made-up headlines and faux newspapers from TV and film are the real culprits. From a café-dining sea otter in AMC’s “The Killing” to “Queen Diana’s” postmortem visit to Washington in “Back to the Future 2,” BuzzFeed
showcases 15 dubious examples you’ll want to read.
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Speaking of things that are fake, ABC News reports
a new scientific examination by non-profit food fraud detectives the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has discovered a rising number of fake ingredients in our food products.
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Although they might sound fake now, there are a number of products from the tech industry’s past that were once poised for greatness, but never took off. Two words: speaker vest. Popsci
highlights that gem, as well as nine other inventions of the ’80s that underwhelmed their creators’ expectations.
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To counter, there are also those technological advancements that the world would be hard pressed to live without, one being Google Maps. As part of its “Life as” series
, The Huffington Post
caught up with Google Map editor Nick Volmar for a “street view” account of his daily tasks and responsibilities.
For many industry creatives, their daily activities appear to involve more covert operations than their direct supervisor might otherwise suspect. A new site called “The Creative Confessional
” seeks to “Absolve” or Condemn” these depravities (via The New York Egotist
Similarly, an industry-related Tumblr called “Agency Wank
” also launched recently. The party and/or parties responsible for the site have assembled a “collection of the wankiest slogans and text on ad/marketing agency websites.” (via AgencySpy
Oh, you’re in the market for an agency, are you? Then, you’ll want to pay close attention to the 10 questions that Entrepreneur
advises you to ask before hiring any PR firm.
Meanwhile, know that just because you’re hiring doesn’t mean you’ll get any takers, particularly if you advertise using anything like the 25 hilarious “Help Wanted” signs gathered by Complex
Is there something you think we should include in our next edition of #TheDailySpin? Tweet me @iquotesometimes with your suggestions. Thanks in advance.