Amanda exposes herself

For those following the Strumpette saga, “Amanda” has exposed her/him/their self in the comments below:

If you did just a little research, you’d readily find that there are 5 people that write for the character “Amanda Chapel.”

Why a character? Two reasons:

1. It provides us a platform (brand) where we are able to draw attention to some of the hypocritical issues that presently plague PR.

2. It’s safe. This shields us from ad hominem arguments which are a mainstay of net discussion. See, in the “flat world,” Jeff can rally 6 million people (as with Dell) with pitch forks and torches very well. Regrettably, that comes without any real depth. That, by definition, is a mob. Mobs like hangins.

Our motive is simple to check the blog hype, especially in PR, and to do that without retribution.

Kind regards,

- Amanda

PS Regarding Edelman… They get our attention a lot because they are some of the most prolific blog advocates in PR. We’ve come to call their “Me2Revolution,” the Me2CommieBastards.

He/she/they are still trying to take the easy way out, though. I emailed “Amanda” and said:

I still want to push you on the anonymity/pseudonymity of “Amanda.” Yes, it’s cute. Yes, it lets you go hyperbolic. But as PR (communications) professionals, I’d think that you’d want to get credit for your ideas. Or to put the question another way: What does attacking the ideas of others do for your business?

They complain about bloggers being snarking mobs but then they create a character to do nothing but snark from behind a veil.

By the way, the assumption from all the prior sleuthing is that Amanda is a creation of at least one person in this bunch.

: I still prefer Rex’s theory, from the comments below:

Just a theory: Nick Carr is Amanda Chapel. Or maybe Nick is John Dvorak.

: The Amandas respond in email:

We are our words. The motivation is exclusively within the art. However, Guernica, Strumpette is not?

Oh, gag me with a PR schwag pen. I don’t buy it. Art? Hardly. Amusement? Why? I still don’t see the business motivation from a bunch of flacks so clearly is intent on protecting big business. Perhaps this is just their last will and testament.

  • http://www.beatcanvas.com Brett Rogers

    “Amanda” is so much chickenshit. For all the energy in the words, it’s papermaché. That’s not art, it’s frivolity… an artist will stand behind their work.

    Jeff, didn’t you write a while back on newsroom folks / big media folks who had strong opinions about stuff, but wanted to talk to you about it “off the record?” And wasn’t there some guy masquerading as someone else in a comments section so that he came off as two people?

    What is it with the lack of backbone? How insecure is that…

  • Riky

    The next time I’m in Chicago, I’ll tag Brian Connollys car and make a video for my blog…

    Don’t worry, its art!

  • chico haas

    Franklin W. Dixon!

  • http://strumpette.com Amanda Chapel

    Thank you chico.

  • Riky

    “Franklin W. Dixon!” funny……

    The only thing is – Im not joking. I’m gonna tag Brians car. PERIOD.

  • Eileen

    World War Three or Four (depending upon how one counts) is going on.

    While the people at this blog care about………..what exactly?