January 18, 2013 2
What were the 10 worst public relations disasters of 2012? Well, it depends on what you classify as PR -- and how the company/person/show is faring publicly once the scandal has died down.
January 10, 2013 7
Albert O. Hirschman's The Rhetoric of Reaction is important because it explains how conservatives oppose change and what sort of narratives they use to do so.
December 17, 2012
What do political advisers do when their team loses and can no longer work for the government? Usually they head off to a lobby group or law firm to bide their time.
December 6, 2012 3
While George Pell generates plenty of controversy, so far he has yet to meet the levels of Archibishop Daniel Mannix -- the subject of a new biography. There are some interesting parallels with the current crop of Catholics, writes Noel Turnbull.
November 26, 2012 5
It seems many anecdotes are just recycled versions of stories about pollies from other generations rather than authentic memories. Do all pollies just plagiarise from their predecessors? And is that OK?
November 16, 2012 2
How do we judge the political pundits and economic forecasters that roll up to give us their predictions, only to be proven completely and utterly wrong? A Nobel prize winning scientist is calling them to account.
November 8, 2012 7
The media’s inability to grasp the hard numbers and complex reports is good news for PR companies. Just not for society's greater understanding of issues.
November 2, 2012 1
Despite the well-funded groups in the United States that push climate sceptic propaganda, more Americans than ever believe in climate change and its links to extreme weather.
October 12, 2012
The lengths that politicians and business leaders will go to convey leadership and responsibility can mean some very irritating language choices, writes Noel Turnbull.
October 1, 2012 5
Alan Jones probably didn't seek PR crisis management advice before delivering his apology to Julia Gillard yesterday. They would have told him he handled it very badly.
September 26, 2012
What is it about Louise Adler that gets people talking? The chatter about the Melbourne publisher goes to what is unique about Melbourne and modern management.
September 24, 2012 2
Politics is often characterised as theatre and probably never more so in areas -- such as security -- where symbolism is often more important than logic and probability.
July 27, 2012 6
The US military, for instance, is the largest employer of PR people in the world and in Melbourne the number of PR people outweighs the number of journalists.
July 19, 2012 7
The media -- particularly magazines -- are heavily dependent on monarchical stories, regularly reporting on them through the frame of pageantry, soap opera, scandal and fantasy.
July 16, 2012 1
Evolutionary psychology often seems like a "just so" story and it has the unfortunate quality of not being, unless we discover time travel, falsifiable. But it does have some very useful insights into how we think and act today.
July 6, 2012 1
The Disney Channel has managed to pull off a very successful PR coup.
July 2, 2012 3
The latest census figures ought to cause some red faces among advertising agencies, PR people and politicians.
June 13, 2012 1
A new report has shown some light on the state of the Australian PR consultancy industry and suggests that the once-dominant players are no longer quite so dominant.
June 7, 2012 1
In the 1970s, legendary journalist and editor Richard L’Estrange (commonly known as Dick the Odd) described the then Victorian parliamentary press gallery as "a club".
June 5, 2012 3
If you have a dismissive attitude to public relations, you will be delighted to discover that research has uncovered something very interesting about young PR students.