Category Archives: Quotes of the week

Quotes for the week ending 23 Jan, 2010

“We’ve got the Internet here at Signal, and it’s been a miracle that we’ve been able to stay on air … “Don’t ask me how we’ve managed to do that.”

Mario Viau, station director at SignalFM, in Port-au-Prince, which has been on the air and online since the earthquake struck..

“Because this is just a dirge. I’m ready to shut it off. And I’m sure there’s plenty other about to do the same.

Anonymous commenter on the Rolling Stone blog that live blogged the Hope For Haiti Now telethon. He went on to say that Live Aid “existed to raise money for a terrible epidemic. But the performances were more like a giant party. People were interested, and it was a huge success. This sad telethon will be immediately forgotten. And that’s a shame. Wasted opportunity.”

“Good attitude Mr. Anonymous. With a mindset like that nothing will ever happen.”

Someone going by the name of Jeff, responding to the above poster.

“We are experiencing an outage due to an extremely high number of whales.”

Message on the Twitter web site, supposedly after Haiti suffered aftershocks on Wednesday.

“It puts into the public domain every bit of information collected by public bodies that is not personal or sensitive, from alcohol-attributable mortality to years of life lost through TB. Happily, not all the data sets deal with death.”

Editorial in the Guardian, on the launch of new website,, which Tim Berners Lee ( and professor Nigel Shadbolt) served as advisors, on the request of Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

“News Corp. needs Google more than Google needs News Corp.”

Greg Patterson, attorney at Espresso Pundit, in Mike Sunnucks’s story on the battle eating up over the Fair Use Doctrine

“Yet, honest Abe and HAL9000, both had one thing in common. They conveniently applied a Heuristic theory as they were, in fact, the only one calling the shots.”

Steven Lowell, PR Manager, Voice 123, on why failure, and the ‘Heuristic Algorithm’ is a bad long-term solution.


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Quotes for the week ending 16 Jan, 2010

“This isn’t actually an article form a newspaper. It is part of the ad…”

Copy from a fake piece of editorial that’s part of a creative ad buy for Aflac in The Wall Street Journal, linking to the microsite,

“They just had a name that was hard for Chinese to pronounce and harder to spell.”

Kaiser Kuo, a Beijing-based consultant and former head of digital strategy at Ogilvy & Mather in China, on Google’s decision to pull out of the country.

“I don’t think it’s wrong to take chances …Sometimes they work.”

Jeff Gaspin, of NBC, on the network’s decision to move Jay Leno back to his original slot –11.35 pm

a “pact with the devil”

The reason, according to televangelist Pat Robertson, why he thinks Haiti is cursed.

“Our alleged “pact with the devil” helped your country a lot.”

Haitian ambassador’s response, to Robertson

“This is citizen journalism at its best, bringing the news of nature’s worst to a global audience.”

John Savageau, on CNNs use of citizen journalism in Haiti



Quotes for the week ending 2 Jan, 2010

“This decade’s over. Let’s get a better one going”

Reveler, David Fraley, in Las Vegas

“AT&T latest to end sponsorship of Tiger Woods”

Headline of yet another sponsor, following Accenture and Gatorade, dropping Woods.


Quotes for the week ending 26 Dec, 2009

Easily mistaken for a universal remote, the Pepper Pad was really just a Linux-based mobile computer … that was purported to make it easy to operate from non-traditional work spaces (like poolside or in your favorite armchair).”

Fast Company, on the smart watches, remotes, control devices and laptops that didn’t make it in the ‘Aughties’

“I’m going on record and saying it –Hewlett Packard computers are racist.”

Store employee, Desi, in purported demo, about the facial tracking technology of an HP computer webcam that doesn’t follow him, a Black, while it does so when a White colleague enters the frame.”

“We believe that the camera might have difficulty “seeing” contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.”

HP’s Frosty, on Voodoo Blog, about the flap over its Media Smart cameras being ‘racist’.

“We invite you to connect with us on the discussion boards and forums here on The Next Bench or on Twitter at @HP_PC.”

Hewlett Packard’s response, attempting to manage the PR fallout, using social media

“Meanwhile, the tech-bloggers trembled all year at (as yet unfulfilled) rumors of an Apple tablet.”

Fast Company, on the Amazon Kindle –one of the top gadgets of the decade.



Quotes for the week ending 18 Dec, 2009

“engagement zombies.”

William Paarlberg on creating a strategy for understanding lurkers in social media.

“I uploaded (Panic Attack!) on a Thursday and on Monday my inbox was totally full of e-mails from Hollywood studios”

Fede Alvarez who uploaded his short film”Ataque de Panico!” (Panic Attack!) featuring giant robots invading and destroying Montevideo. He was offered a $30 million contract to make a film.

“It’s not inconceivable that some creative hacker could use Twitter to get into a key business application at some juncture …The more Twitter focuses on the business market, the more it will have to focus on security.”

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet

“Fencing the internet is not going to help anybody”

Andrea Servida, deputy head of unit at the EUs Information Society and Media Directorate General, on the Chinese proposal to meter international web traffic.


Quotes for the week ending 12 Dec, 09

“However Mr. Jobs, now that you got into this mess …You are the only person who can get our APPS ‘everywhere.’ despite the fact that their MAPS have blanketed the country.

Commenter named Gary of Chicago, on the Advertising Age story on how Verizon Wireless created buzz for the Droid phone –a distinct shift in the way a carrier is advancing the popularity of a handset.

“And, the warning? Don’t read too many blog posts like this.”

43 Folders, on NaNoWriMo

“Living Stories,”

Google’s experimental project to save newspapers, featuring content from New York Times and the Washington Post

“Our role is actually stronger than ever, because we are more than  just a magazine … to promote travel around the state.”

Robert Stieve, editor of Arizona Highways magazine

“When you’re using search engines, you’ve got to be diligent. You can’t trust that just because it’s Number 2 or Number 1, it really is…”

Jim Stickey, on how fake web sites trick search engines which become ‘unwitting accomplices’ of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

“Industry Listening Program”

One of the four recommendations by Rohit Bhargava, who advises companies on easing into listening via social media by keeping an eye on keywords rather than brand mentions


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Quotes for the week ending 5 Dec, 2009

“The general consensus about my hair, among our team and the client, was that it was distinctive and instantly recognizable — a characteristic we ad people long for in our campaigns, but it sounds funny when we’re talking about my hair.”

Andy Azula, the guy in the U.P.S. whiteboard commercials, in a Q & A with Stuart Elliot. He has a Wikipedia entry!

“Once you start restricting access on the websites, if you have content that can broadly be found somewhere else, then you really restrict the number of people coming to websites.”

Emily Bell, Guardian’s director of digital content, on a regional British newspaper publisher charging for online news content.

“She’s more caustic than a manure lagoon.”

Paul Shapiro, senior director of the US Humane Society Factory Farming Project, on Kerry Trueman, a contestant for the Huffington Post contest for citizen journalists. One person will be chosen to report from the Copenhagen climate change summit next week.

“Most painful for us is not the minaret ban, but the symbol sent by this vote.”

Farhad Afshar, of the Coordination of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland, com

And speaking of symbols…

“It’s that image that has been shattered, sort of like the back window of his SUV, but maybe I’m pushing another metaphor too hard.”

Bill Saporito, on Tiger Woods’ apology

“I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”

Tiger, having dealt with his ‘transgressions’ in a 6-paragraph apology, on his web site.


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Quotes for the week ending 27 Nov 2009

“Teachers begin using cell phones for class lessons”

AP story about a Florida teacher using a  phone-based scavenger hunt to teach Spanish

“I myself straddle the line between political commentator and a member of the political universe … it’s not easy being a woman.”

Meghan McCain, commenting on Hillary Clinton facing the media

“Lesson: Don’t dumb down your information. We’d prefer the full story.”

Sheila Scarborough. Guest blogger at Old Media, new Tricks, on the web site FiveThuirtyEight, and political reporting


Quotes for the week ending 21 Nov 2009

“She is not a girl, and she is not a pinup.”

Susan Estrich, Columnist, on Sarah Palin, saying she hates defending her, but is annoyed at Newsweek for featuring her on the cover in running shorts.

“I am applauding Bebo …I don’t understand the  logic for the others not following suit.”

Jim Gamble, of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), saying social networking sites need a help button for children to report predators  bullying.and bullies

“we should not make the perfect the enemy of the good,”

Barack Obama, conceding that the Copenhagen summit would not come up with a binding agreement on global warming.

“A portable device with an appropriate wifi connection, and a very powerful browser.”

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt’s definition of a Netbook, in a broad discussion of the future of the internet.

“Huh? If you’re already a Fortune 100 company, ‘brand awareness’ is probably not your biggest problem.”

Fast Company, commenting on a study by Weber Shandwick, that says only about 3/4 of Fortune 100 companies have Twitter accounts, few follow best practices, and most are chasing after brand awareness.

“Would I be cynical if I said I believed Apple was secretly fueling the hype by leaking bits and pieces of information to raise expectations? Does it matter?”

Linda Vandevrede, at ValleyPRBlog, on the role of PR in hype, or whether it evolves in some ‘organic’ way.


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Quotes for the week ending 14 Nov, 2009

“Yes, it’s important to change the light bulbs and windows, but it’s even more important to change the laws and the policies,”

Al Gore, in Phoenix, keynoting the GreenBuild conference

“When put together, we have the tools and technologies to solve three or four climate crises … But the missing element is political will.”

Al Gore in Cambridge Mass, at a book signing of Our Choice.

“Who wouldn’t buy a pair of socks for the Mount Olympus of commercial exposure?

Mitch Albom, on American Eagle’s promotion that lets a customer enjoy the his or her 15 seconds of fame on a billboard in Times Square, — the ‘famous airspace that once featured a giant winking penguin…’

“And the fun won’t end Nov. 27 …”

Story in the Associated Press about how shoppers would  the  checking social media sites for Black Friday specials

“Facebook is for brands – the careful ones”

Headline of a great post by Neville Hobson, commenting on research about using Facebook, about the need to not act like marketers!

“It’s a hole in your heart, just like 9/11.”

Spc. Chris Monge, on the tribute to 13 soldiers killed at Fort Hood, Texas


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