Arment Dietrich

When Blogging Goes Wrong

By: Arment Dietrich | March 15, 2007 | 
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It was recently brought to our attention that there is a fair amount of backlash in the video gaming community regarding attempts by Sony to create fan sites for consoles and games, including its PSP when it was first introduced. A Web site based in the United Kingdom, devoted to keeping the gaming industry honest, calls attention to marketers creating a “fake” fan site designed to [&hellip
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This is how we pull our foot out of our mouths: This is how we shove the other one in

By: Arment Dietrich | March 14, 2007 | 
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Cheers to Isaiah Washington and Tim Hardaway.  I feel as if these past couple months, your lives were like a 1990s sitcom filled with the mistakes you made.  A few sad songs while you deal with the consequences, the turning point, “Oh my gosh, I learned an important life lesson,” and of course the uplifting piano ensemble as you hug it out with a “gay”. Washington [&hellip
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The Not So Simple Life: Jail

By: Arment Dietrich | March 13, 2007 | 
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Lately, the news has been filled with celebrity “news”, packed with fascinating stories about celebrity partying, shopping and mishaps.  Celebrity run-ins with the law are splashing across news pages with many repeat offenders.  Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie are no exception to this.  They have been making headlines recently with their notorious driving.  As both celebrities have been found guilty for DUI’s, they [&hellip
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Free Hugs!

By: Arment Dietrich | March 12, 2007 | 
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Giving out free hugs can land you a spot on Oprah? Not necessarily, but she is a big fan of this international phenomenon.  In Friday’s Chicago Tribune there was an article about people getting together, standing on sidewalks, and holding signs that read, “FREE HUGS”. 
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Discovering Jesus: Media Sensationalism?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 9, 2007 | 
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“The Lost Tomb of Christ,” airing on The Discovery Channel this week, claimed bones found in 1980 may have been those of Jesus and his family. One of the caskets even bears an inscription, “Judah, son of Jesus,” further suggesting that Jesus may have had a son, a theory that contradicts Christian belief that Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven.   Of course, there are [&hellip
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Destructive Spin: Scooter’s Tale

By: Arment Dietrich | March 7, 2007 | 
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A lot of the spin we talk about here at F.A.D.S. deals with corporate deceit and unethical practices by fellow PR folks.  Whether it’s misleading blogs or manipulating Wikis, destructive spin is there.  Sometimes we applaud folks for being straightforward and not falling into the spin zone.   And sometimes we recognize spin that is so egregious, you wonder how anyone got away with it.   [&hellip
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No Trans Fat: Good or Bad?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 4, 2007 | 
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As health awareness continues to infiltrate culture today, many wonder whether the right message is being sent or whether people are taking the health craze too far.  This obsession has even made its way into the world of Girl Scout Cookies.              Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, Girl Scouts have initiated change to their famous cookie recipe by taking out all the trans fat, still emphasizing the great taste. [&hellip
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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Bumpy Ride Ahead

By: Arment Dietrich | March 2, 2007 | 
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Rumor had it that one U.S. Presidential hopeful was planning to announce his candidacy on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  He surprised us all, however, by breaking the news on his own Web site.  One of his steadfast opponents also chose the Internet as her media of choice, while last night Sen. John McCain announced his White House bid on the David Letterman Show.  
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ANN: Anna Nicole Network

By: Arment Dietrich | February 28, 2007 | 
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We blogged about this topic last week and at the risk of mirroring cable news, which has covered the Anna Nicole Smith story ad nasueum, we’re putting in our two cents.   Anna Nicole Smith died three weeks ago.  Her contributions to American society are as follows: Playmate of the Year, 1992, and well, that’s about it.  Through a long stream of, er, boobery, Smith claimed [&hellip
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Could Artistic Fraud Mean Fame for Pianist?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 28, 2007 | 
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An international scandal that experienced a crescendo last week finally came to a head yesterday, after an announcement regarding the remarkable story of pianist Joyce Hatto, was admitted to have been too good to be true. Recently deceased after a long batter with cancer, Hatto was once described as “the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of” by a critic writing for [&hellip
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