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October 21, 2005

Death By Blogs? Not so fast....

Heather Green

WPP Group's Neil French, who resigned this week amid (as the NYTimes puts it): "an uproar over remarks he made at an industry event about female creative executives" is now blaming his fate on blogs. So having gotten into trouble for some apparently ill thoughtout remarks about women, he's doing the same thing with blogs?

In an Q&A with Ad Age, French said about the interpretation of the remarks:

"You had to be there. I laugh a lot on stage and I say outrageous things, but people come to be entertained."

Apparently Nancy Vonk of Ogilvy Toronto, a unit of WPP Group, who was in the audience, wasn't entertained and she wrote a commentary about it.

Update: After a comment that these links lead to subscription sites, I am including a couple other links:

Google News (Neil French, WPP, Resignation) Globe and Mail The Times

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Heather,

I just read that over at Bruce's blog. perhaps Neil French equates women with blogs? "unfathomable conversationalists who build communities by consensus"

Posted by: Niti Bhan at October 21, 2005 02:32 PM

I notice that two of the three links in your story were to restricted sites (i.e. you had to have a subscription to read them). The third was for the counsel for the prosecution.

You may not appreciate it (perhaps because you could easily read the restricted sites) but to me it was like being in court and only hearing the prosecutions's case.

I would be interested in knowing: did you know that to this UK reader (i.e. me) that your links only linked to one side of the story? Did you realise that the person defending himself didn't get a hearing (at least on your post)?

To be honest, I think this point has serious implications about blogs and the web that you should consider. I'm happy to discuss them if you want.

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Andrew Denny

(UK canal boater)

www.grannybuttons.com

tel: +44 7788 973733

Posted by: Andrew Denny at October 21, 2005 04:19 PM

Andrew,

Thanks very much for your comment. I considered labeling the links that require registration, as some bloggers do. Since I can't violate copyright and reproduce these two articles on our blog and since they are free registrations, I thought it was fine to include the links. I am happy though to update with other links that don't require subscriptions.

Posted by: Heather Green at October 21, 2005 04:49 PM


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