Monthly Archives: March 2010

A handy cheat sheet for interpreting the Google China story

Should Google have been in China? Did they make the right move in pulling out? Will this influence the Chinese government? What does it mean for foreign businesses in China? Are they evil or not? Who knows? Not me. And … Continue reading

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Video from the NewsMorphosis conference

Note: While this post explains the background of the conference and includes the original video, a better video of the panel was later posted here. The week before last Imagethief was in Hawaii to participate in the NewsMorphosis panel organized by … Continue reading

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Gargling, air crashes, and NewsMorphosis mini update

Just pulled into Narita on my way back from Beijing. We’d been parked in a holding pattern due to high winds (and experienced one of the most roller-coaster landings I’ve ever endured), which gave my bladder extra time to fill … Continue reading

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Positive posts, negative posts, and bad PR

A couple of days ago the China Daily ran an interesting story on the issue of companies paying for positive posts and paying to delete negative posts: An underground business, that charges companies high fees to delete negative news or … Continue reading

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I was perhaps a bit hard on Rinku

In the warm light of morning I was able to reassess Rinku a bit. Technically, it’s “Rinkuu”, with one of those bi-syllabic vowels beloved of the Japanese. You know, as in “Tookyoo”. Really. Also technically, it wasn’t actually morning. I … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in Kansai

So here’s how it goes. Someone inconveniently dies on your airplane just as it is about to take off. You experience an odd mix of feelings. On the one hand, you sympathize with the family and feel bad for their … Continue reading

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Further adventures in the glamorous life of an international PR consultant

Imagethief is headed to Hawaii this week to speak on a panel called “NewsMorphosis 2.0“, about how technology is affecting the news business. There are three panels, each one of which has two local media luminaries and a “thought leader”. … Continue reading

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Turns out smashing the recorder wasn’t a great idea

You remember Li Hongzhong from yesterday’s post? This was his case-study on how to deal with a tough question from a reporter: Li Hongzhong, governor of Hubei province, was asked by a People’s Daily reporter about last year’s case of … Continue reading

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The zombie-slugging toy police car

Imagethief’s son, Zachary, turned two this week. I’m amazed we made it. By this I mean I’m amazed that Mrs. Imagethief and I made it. If the boy’s engine room telegraph is stuck on “full-speed-ahead”, Mrs. Imagethief and I are … Continue reading

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Bad quote-a-thon at the NPC

A couple of days old, but you should read this post from the Wall Street Journal’s China Real-Time Report, on silly things politicians said at the NPC. Sample: Li Hongzhong, governor of Hubei province, was asked by a People’s Daily … Continue reading

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