How to Avoid the Pollution Plague

How to Avoid the Pollution Plague

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  1. You lost me a bit at the third paragraph from bottom when you switched gears… not that I don’t see your thread, but I couldn’t help thinking to myself:

    “If a whole bunch of scientists think our current practices may lead to ecological disaster, and everyone pretty much yawns because the story isn’t vivid enough, what happens to a business with a lame story?”

    the business dies along with everyone else in a horrible global conflagration.

    Seth’s example is a really good lesson, but when you make the blatant switch to a direct business content, I can’t help having the feeling the a bad business story is being equated to global die-off. It’s an emotional thing. They just don’t carry equal weight (even if we were talking about my business).

    Just a thought.

  2. Perhaps that sentence is poorly worded. The public “yawning” about a business with a lame story was the point — you’re right, your business doesn’t amount to squat compared to a “global die-off,” and yet as Seth put it “no one’s marching in the streets” about global warming.

    So what chance does a silly little business have of catching the public’s imagination, unless it tells the right story?

    Sorry if I was obtuse in that section.

  3. Great blog.

    Bingo. Any silly little business has no chance of catching the public’s imagination, unless it tells the right story. Read about it in my upcoming book, “Life After the Press Release”.

    Kudos to “Viral Copy” – a great product.

  4. Brian,

    No, you weren’t obtuse. I knew what you meant, and I agree with the premise 100%.

    I just wanted to point out the potential indelicacy because it’s the first thing I’ve seen you write that had potential for misunderstanding. I watch for those things because I myself am so prone to them.

    A great story is the key to more than just PR, actually. If you’ve got a great story, chances are you’re living a pretty great life too!

  5. I vote for “Atmospheric Apocalypse”. 🙂

    Being a Canadian, and experiencing far fewer really cold days this Winter compared to any other year I can remember, I’m not completely a’gin it (Global Warming).

    However, I’m smart enough to know it’s a far reaching problem with a myriad of ramifications (weather pattern changes, sea level rising, etc).

    However the marketer in me is thinking of turning this huge lemon into water tower full of lemonade by getting into the ‘hip-wader boots’ market. Because there are a LOT of big coastal cities that’re gonna need them later in the century. 😉

    BTW, I just discovered your blog today and – as others have commented elsewhere – it’s really really good, and I’ve signed up for your email update and subscribed on Bloglines.

    Looking forward to your future posts!

  6. Thanks Steve. “Atmospheric Apocalypse” huh? You’ve got skillz. But the more I think about this, the more depressing it becomes!

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