Oh, what a year it was. Between freedom of information faux pas, a fake press conference, and a shiny new new object from Apple, we obsessed about these stories:
The amazing role that social media played in letting the world know about the violent reaction to the peaceful protests in Burma, in September
Larry Craig, Republican senator for Iowa, accused of soliciting sex in an airport bathroom, pleads guilty, but then attempts to deny charges.
Southwest Airlines gets a passenger to change his T-shirt because of it has a slogan that could be considered rude. It also gets another passenger to get off a plane for wearing a too-revealing mini skirt. Southwest later apologized and called launched mini skirt fares.
Strumpette, the PR blogger who postured about PR, resigns, and re-emerges.
FEMA holds a fake news conference after the California fires, using employees posing as journalists.
Apple fans camp outside electronics stores to be the first to buy the $600 iPhone.
Soon after this, Apple warns iPhone customers it would cripple it should they try hacking it.
Wal-mart is investigated on charges that an employee could have been spying on text messages and phone conversations between a New York Times reporter and a PR employees.
Jeff Jarvis begins to say nice things about Dell.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for Beacon, a feature that would have shared users’ personal information with others without their opting in.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrests the owners of a newspaper, The New Times, for refusing to submit information about the dates and times and other information about visitors to its web site. The case was later dropped.
Comcast responds to the “Comcast Must Die” angst started by Advertising Age columnist (and NPR’s On the Media co-host) Bob Garfield, saying “real world developments” such as becoming the largest cable provider makes it difficult to keep promises.
John McCain responds to a New Hampshire high school student’s question about his age with “thanks for the question, you little jerk!”