What Osama bin Laden Taught Me About Scrapbooking
That might be the world’s most inane title for a blog post. It is. Stories of Osama Bin Laden, his terrible social media strategy, lessons learned from Bin Laden and other ridiculous topics surfaced almost immediately. Just like scrapbooking, all of it is critically insane.
Within minutes of the news breaking that Osama Bin Laden was taken our by a group of America’s finest my friend Dan Perez put a message out over a secret back channel that said “I wonder how quickly we’re going to see blog posts rambling on about social media lessons learned from this event”. Well Dan it only took a few hours.
Social Media, with it’s masturbation, back patting and inability to shut up, is so quick to point out how important it is. People write the same story that was written when the earthquakes in Japan started, when Transocean’s rig blew up for BP, when Brett Favre got horny and so on and so on.
Peter Shankman picked on traditional media, because some outlets rushed to judgment. The irony of rushing to a blog post need not be discussed, but what should be pointed out is social media doesn’t get a call from the White House saying ‘We need airtime at 10:30. Something big has gone down.” That is all they got.
What else do you think is going to happen when they pre-empt your regularly scheduled program and then the President needs another hour to sort out some details? People are going to talk and they’re going to guess. Guessing that Quadaffi was dead, fresh off of the death of his son and continued bombs raining down on his compound, was pretty good. Give them some credit when they’re operating in the dark.Continued on the next page