Gawker on PR: The Rules, or How to be a True Mercenary

October 17, 2007


Now that New York has declared the Age of Insolence, and the Science Times reported that gossip is the key to our dominance as a species, we can get to the meat of our interview with Gawker‘s Managing Editor Choire Sicha. Today Sicha prods us to dish some dirt.

Tomorrow we’ll get in to quid-pro-quo and why Dan Klores would relish the blog game if he weren’t busy making great movies:

PRNewser: How might these rules for conquering all media apply to PR people?

Choire Sicha: PR people naturally understand the art and value of the stratagem. One of the reasons I love and treasure talking to PR folk is that I can’t tell what’s artifice and what’s real, what’s in service to an ulterior purpose and what’s bald-faced. It’s captivating, I tell you!

I deal with dozens on a weekly basis, and most of the time I walk away from the experience unsure whether I’ve done their bidding or not. How marvelous!

But, that being said, I suspect that PR folk are collectively at a time of confusion and maybe crisis. Some, for instance, don’t feel like it’s appropriate to send anonymous emails damaging their clients’ enemies. The rest realize, as we teach in the book, that ethics should never interfere in business. Don’t we all understand yet that success is only for the truly mercenary? It’s time people just gave up and embraced that. No more pussyfooting around!


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