The Blagger’s Blog 29th May 2015

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort

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Quote of the week

“I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can’t do that if my wife and I are making.75 cent for every dollar a man makes.” 18-year-old Southern Californian high school graduate Caitlyn Cannon, who describes herself on Twitter as ‘really gay’, writing in her yearbook. The statement went viral on social media this week.

Weekly High 

Nobody likes potholes, but very few people have ever considered how a pothole feels. Aside from residents of Panama City, where a new initiative called the Tweeting Pothole has been set up. Every time a car drives over potholes on the city’s most damaged streets a tweet is issued to the Department of Public Works from the perspective of the pothole, thanks to a collaboration between Telemetro Reporta and ad agency P4 Ogilvy & Mather. Take a look.

Weekly Low 

FIFA, the world football governing body, has long been accused of corruption and illegal activities, but things took a turn for the #MassivePRFail this week when several high ranking officials were arrested and a police investigation began into everything from bribery to money laundering. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, a vote is underway that could see Sepp Blatter continue his reign as FIFA President, despite widespread calls for his resignation as a result of bringing the beautiful game into disrepute.

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Stories To Keep An Eye On

Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s richest men and the country’s leading media mogul- a major stakeholder in the Independent News and Media Group- has been accused of trying to gag the nation’s parliament.

Google’s annual I/O conference gives marketers plenty to think about, with a range of new products being presented ranging from an Apple Pay rival to the Android system.

According to a new survey, more than half of all consumers asked had stopped using at least one brand in the last 12 months due to poor experiences. 

Just in case you missed it

The latest issue of Smoking Gun PR’s monthly newsletter was published today, including why Manchester’s cultural renaissance is good for your business, what people really think about worldwide companies, 9 top social media blogs you should bookmark, the future of connectivity, and all the news from our own office here on Bridge Street.