In Chicago, we were promised snow last night and we didn’t get snow! Between Utah (my home state) and Colorado already getting snow and it getting close to ski season, I’m really homesick right now (but no, mom, I’m not moving back). It’s funny how long I’ve been gone, yet my heart still longs to be in the mountains from October through March. When Project Jack Bauer reaches its vision, I’ll be an opposite snowbird…I’ll head TO the snow.

Enough about me. Here are the top five stories for the week ending November 5.

5. The Unsocial Network. As if the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien fight weren’t enough to bear, Vanity Fair published an in-depth look at what really happened. It’s a long story, but it’s worth your time. It totally changed my perception of both comedians. See what you think! (And thanks to Lisa Barone for bringing it to my attention through her Saturday morning coffee links.)

4. Secrets Pilots Won’t Tell You. If you’re a frequent traveler, you might not want to read this story (I kind of wish I hadn’t). Readers Digest interviewed 17 pilots and asked them to reveal their best and worst flying stories. The comments will shock you…and almost make you not want to get on another plane. Ever. Again. (Thanks to Rich Burghgraef for posting it.)

3. Cooks Source Masters a New Recipe: How to Annoy the Internet. I’m going to blog about this debacle next week, but if you haven’t already heard what’s going on at Cooks Source, this Washington Post article lays it out nicely for you. Turns out the magazine that’s known for its extremely detailed and very difficult recipes has been plagiarizing. And now the interwebs have found them out.

2. Why Twitter’s CEO Demoted Himself. I’m a big believer in entrepreneurs who step down from executive roles because they realize leadership isn’t a strength, and that’s what Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, did recently. So big kudos to him! But the article isn’t all glowing…stating he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and even quotes a former colleague as saying working with him was “bitter, horrible, and tough.” Whew! Things I hope my colleagues never say about me.

1. What Elections Can Teach Us About Corporate Communication. Well, the midterm elections are finished (they finally announced our governor last night) and, no matter your politics, you have to agree that the Democratic Party has been a terrible mess, in terms of communicating what they have done the past two years. I’ve been avoiding blogging about it because I don’t want to get into a political discussion, but this SmartBlog does a nice job of discussing what went wrong without bringing in the he said, she said debate.

Have a great weekend!

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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