Monday, February 28, 2005

Managing Activism: How to Neutralize Democracy

from The Center for Media and Democracy
Managing Activism is written for PR practitioners whose clients engage in risky businesses (fossil fuels, pesticides, genetically engineered foods, nuclear waste, toxic dumps, animal testing) and who therefore become the targets of "activist groups" including "environmentalists, workers' rights activists, animal rights groups and human rights campaigners." Don't expect much sympathy for the activists. Deegan is a battle-hardened PR veteran and a committed soldier in the war against activists who "in an increasingly pluralistic society" present what she calls "a growing threat to organizations of all shapes and sizes. And because activists employ a wide range of aggressive tactics such as generating bad publicity, seeking government and legislative intervention, encouraging boycotts, etc., they can cause severe disruption, including damage to reputation, sales, profitability, employee satisfaction and, of course, share price."

3 comments:

Sheryl said...

Yucky.

Susie said...

Wow! sounds like a good read. sounds like all we need is for the "radicals" to hire PR managers to fight back. that would prevent them form being cut out of the equation during a devide an conqure attack.

Susie said...

Sorry, divide & conquer. damn the phone