I deleted the first email received from PR Executive Consultant Jenny Miranda. But the next week, another came. I replied to this one that she should stop sending me emails. But the next week, another came. I replied more strongly this time, suggesting that her efforts on behalf of her client were going to backfire if she didn’t stop.
Jenny wrote me back this time, telling me that my email “wasn’t very nice.”
I will remove you from my list. However, your comments weren’t very nice. If you don’t want emails from PR reps, please contact Gorkana to get yourself removed from their database.
Despite your insult, I hope you have a lovely day and find happiness.
It’s always a curiosity when someone I don’t know tells me it’s my responsibility to get myself removed from a database I never signed up for in the first place, but that’s PR, shameless, intrusive and presumptuous. As I learned a while back, publicists believe they are doing us a favor, and we owe them a duty of kindness for their unsolicited attention.
The next week, in came another email from Jenny, offering me a “byline article and interview” with her lawyer client, this time on the “History of Cybercrime to Our Days” by “Attoreny Bruce Provda.” So spelling and word usage isn’t a big thing for Jenny. Maybe her people don’t have a tradition of proofreading. I dunno. I ignored it.
The next week, another “Byline and interview opp,” this time with “leading Attorney Arkady Bukh. Ironically, I have a passing familiarity with Bukh, and use a screen cap of his website (since changed) in my CLE Social Media Ethics presentations. Unfavorably.
Since then, I’ve received a steady stream of emails from Jenny, each offering me the opportunity to interview Bukh. Apparently, her other lawyer clients have forsaken her services, and so her efforts are exclusively directed at pitching her last lawyer over and over. Her latest email was interesting, in that it included this paragraph:
American psychologist, Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, then you see all problems as nails.”
The hammer/nail mentality has cost police jurisdictions across the country significant amounts of money, money which could be used to replace infrastructure, fund social programs or house the homeless has instead gone to address police brutality. Attorney Arkady Bukh discusses this topic in more detail in the article below.
Are you interested in featuring the article below or interviewing attorney Arkady Bukh on the subject?
Her misquote of Maslow notwithstanding, she touched a nerve with me. Her clients are incapable of achieving anything on the basis of their own merit, and so they use Jenny. When all you have is a PR Executive Consultant, then all you can do is send out blind pitches.
On the other side, when all you have is a blawg, then everything looks like a source for a post that makes a point. The point here isn’t that Jenny is doing something wrong, even if she failed to remove me from her list of people to pitch with her garbage “articles” for her shameless, pathetic, loser clients. She’s a publicist, and her job is to do anything she can to get them some PR. And in a peculiar way, she has, as I mention them here.
The point is that paying a PR Executive Consultant isn’t going to serve as substitute for being someone worthy of either interest, credit or merit. If anything, it’s an announcement to the world that someone wants desperately to be something they’re not: interesting. There is no proof more conclusive of a lawyer’s desperation than his efforts to create interest in him through a publicist.
Now, even though my “not very nice” email failed to get Jenny to take me off her list, and I have no interest in “requesting” (don’t you just love the word “request,” as if they’re doing you a favor by acquiescing?) any database I didn’t join to do anything, perhaps this will send the message.
No, Jenny. I have no interest in a byline article or an interview with any lawyer who pays you to compensate for his inadequacies. Thanks for asking and I hope you have a lovely day and find happiness.
Update: Jenny still doesn’t think I’m nice.
Most people just call and kindly ask them to be removed. You obviously have a lot of time on your hands to write an in-depth piece on me, but I digress.
Why can’t I just kindly ask to be removed? But I digress.