Tag Archives: Crisis Management

Sinica returns! Train wrecks, Weibo and the enigma of David Sedaris

After a couple of months off, Sinica was back last week. It was hard to pass up something as interesting as the high-speed rail disaster on the Wenzhou line, a story that is still unfolding and that I suspect we … Continue reading

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Four lessons from the Burson-Facebook fiasco

I’m ridiculously late to this, as usual, but people keep asking me about the Burson-Facebook thing because of my years at Burson, so I thought I’d post the gist of the response I’ve been giving. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading

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Apocalypse box part two: Apocalypse box

Yesterday I posted part one of Apocalypse Box, in which I wrote a bit about the communication problems surrounding the reactor disaster in Japan. I concluded with saying that just because something is unthinkable doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It … Continue reading

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Apocalypse box part one: Thinking unthinkable thoughts

Note: This is part one. Part two is here. Apropos of today’s escalation of the Fukushima reactor disaster to “7″ (Chernobyl) on the international scale, there is something about the word “radiation” that bypasses rationality and whispers right to the … Continue reading

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Sinica: Turmoil in Egypt, Groupon’s China woes, beggar children

The Sinica podcast is back following a long holiday break, and I was back on the show to help kick off the year with a lively discussion. Topics included the impact of developments in Egypt and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Could better PR have prevented Groupon’s China gaffe?

Unless you live on Pluto and you’re just in town for the temple fairs you probably know the situation with Groupon and their notorious Tibet ad. From within the China echo chamber it can be tricky to calibrate your reaction … Continue reading

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The Nobel situation

I am not in a position to comment upon this at length, but a few quick thoughts. First, one of the best reads on the Nobel situation is a short post from former China-resident and Atlantic Monthly journalist James Fallows. … Continue reading

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PR slime – in color! Imagethief talks PR scandals on BonLive

Last month I appeared on Blue Ocean Network’s “Chinalogue” program along with Alistair Nicholas of AC Capital Consulting to discuss…PR slime! By which the producers of the show meant the recent Mengniu vs. Yili vs. Synutra PR sockpuppet slagfest. The … Continue reading

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Russians show how brush off a sensitive situation

Unless you live in refrigerator box behind Longtan Amusement Park and get all your news by cranial signal from space aliens in orbit around Jupiter (admittedly, a possible part of the Imagethief demographic), you’ve probably heard about the latest batch … Continue reading

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Sinica: Qihoo vs. Tencent, the plague and British groveling

Apologies – I’m late getting this one posted, but there was no Sinica last week, so you haven’t missed anything, and you’ve already subscribed in iTunes, right? So you don’t even need this? I thought so. Anyway, the week before … Continue reading

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