"Mitch Delaplane of PitchPoint Public Relations has issued the most amazing press release ever written. While hundreds of press releases are distributed daily, Delaplane feels this particular release will go down in history as the most amazing press release that has ever been written."
"Most family photo albums are a form of propaganda, where the family looks perfect and everyone is smiling: we try to create fabrications about who we are. But if you’re doing a portrait of someone, ask them not to smile. You will get a much more dignified, interesting portrait, and it won’t look like a family snap."
"If we are interesting in truly sharing ideas or work, we need to craft the communication of our ideas in the service of the greater community; allowing them to engage with them and contribute to their improvement. Otherwise, we are simply listening to ourselves talk."
Frankly, I no longer care whether you find Julian Assange annoying and arrogant or how you feel about Gaddafi’s buxom nurse. The issues at stake now are far more significant and the outcome of this crisis will shape the environment for journalism, whistleblowers, the internet, free speech and democracy for a long time to come. In that, at least, there is a clear and striking parallel with the events surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers and its aftermath.
So please: think about how your actions today might look in twenty years time, and please - for the sake of whatever ideals and principles first led you to consider journalism - take this crisis SERIOUSLY!