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Mark in USA Today – The value of PR
Kelly Erickson Says:
August 9th, 2007 at
I think the continuing flap over your billboard is inane. I have an eight-year-old myself and I HATE sitting in line at the grocery store waiting for her to ask about various magazine stories. I am occasionally appalled at banner ads on sites supposedly friendly to her age and interests (the sites may think they are “safe” but they pay little attention to whether their advertisers are). I can’t let her watch Top Chef with me until I’ve made sure there won’t be a verbal slugfest that week that I have to explain too much (not picking on them, but you get the point). How many parents want to explain Queer Eye to young ones? If you live in an urban area, have you seen abortion protesters’ posters? What nightmares can small children get from those?
Yet, we survive. I do grocery shop, she does play games online (while I sit right nest to her), we walk the streets of Philadelphia, we occasionally watch tv after 8 pm. Explaining stuff is my job as a parent, and the obligation and opportunity to teach good values is what I happily signed on for.
BTW, I have a well-worn copy of your book on my shelves right now. My daughter was just old enough to read when I purchased it, and I admit I made a plain paper cover for the book so I wouldn’t have to explain my owning a book with a word I find offensive and unacceptable on its cover. Some day she may wonder why, but it has aroused no curiosity in all this time… nor have any other books in my business library. : )
On the inside, your book is indispensible, and that’s why I own it.
Lewis Green Says:
August 13th, 2007 at
I have been following this closely, as well, and find it disturbing. We have taken political correctness and sensitivity to a dangerous place, where soon we may not be able to say much of anything worthwhile, let alone provocative.
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CEO of MSCO, Mark Stevens, is a bestselling author and a popular media commentator on a host of business matters including marketing, branding, management and sales. Mr. Stevens is known for delivering business insights with blunt truth and unconventional wisdom.