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August 22, 2004
IOC tries to restrict blogging, free speech
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American Olympic athlete Scott Goldblatt is blogging for and at his own personal blog - despite the International Olympic Committee’s ridiculous ban on blogging for competitors, coaches, and anyone else involved with the games. As Jeff Jarvis puts it, the IOC is saying they do not have any right to free speech and can speak only through journalists. Dan Gillmore goes further:

This is about greed, nothing more and nothing less. It is about the historically corrupt International Olympic Committee’s desire to please the giant media organizations to which it has sold “rights” to tell and show the world what is happening.

August 21, 2004
Quotes to remember
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A corporate blog is just like a personal blog, except you don’t get to use the word, “motherfucker.”
- Mark Pilgrim explaining the difference between his personal and his corporate IBM blog.

via Crossroad Dispatches

Truth in Public Relations
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Uninstalled reveals that the September issue of Maxim magazine includes a short feature on When PR Goes Wrong.

The centrepiece of this feature is the complete text of a letter to editor Alex Strauss, sent by a certain New York PR agency on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution. Here’s the key section of the letter in question:

“Now that baseball season is in full swing, it is the perfect time to inform your readers about this exciting exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution. If there has ever been a museum exhibition to highlight in [TRASHY MEN’S PUBLICATION], Baseball As America is it. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information or visuals.”

The Maxim article includes the name of the agency… I guess we’ll just have to wait for the September issue.

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