Today’s cover page of The International Herald Tribune, two articles of interest to anyone interested in the public relations industry.
First, under the headline: “Jimmy Wales Is Not a Net Billionaire”, a profile on the co-founder of Wikipedia, which is rightfully describes as “one of the Internet’s most life changing innovations.” Undoubtedly, this so-called people’s, cumulative encyclopedia is something which defines people, past and present.
Often occupying spot number 1 on any Google search, indeed Wikipedia matters. Case in point, it is interesting that while Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, Wikipedia’s owner is reportedly worth only $1 Million. Wales is openly bothered about how the other social media companies get more respect – and maybe that is in part because they are able to afford more on public relations and marketing. (Although who knew that Wales is married to a former Public Relations executive).
And then, “Russia Uses Snowden as a PR bonus” details how the Putin government has wisely used the Snowden affair as a way to achieve world power and attention (at least through the media.) Indeed, the current Russian administration has proven quite adept at media manipulation.
As a Russian political analyst quoted said “What happens now doesn’t matter because public opinion in Russia has already been shaped – America is lying, dishonest and has double standards.” Clearly, there’s no way anyone can disagree that Brand America has been hurt in a major way by the Snowden affair.