Oct 9 2007
Many in the industry know that “Amanda Chapel” called it quits yesterday. While this may not be the last time we see Strumpette’s lead voice (“she’s” sort of like Roger Clemens, who retires every year), the stats below may give some insights as to why Brian Connolly may have pulled the plug on his mercurial avatar.
It seems the PR industry has been voting with its feet. For all of the grief PR pros catch, this stat gives me comfort. It demonstrates that we can discern dishonest astroturf from truthful opinion. And that we demand more accuracy and factual based commentary from our leading online voices.
Astroturf is the industry term for false grassroot campaigns. It’s hard to argue that the Amanda avatar was sincerely trying to fight hypocrisy behind a fake name, false pictures, and blatantly biased personal attacks targeted at some of its staff’s former employers (Edelman).
I will not miss “Amanda.” We’ve sparred on and off this blog.
The linked-to response was posted in April of this year to provide a counterpoint to an off-center interview we conducted with Amanda. When we refused to publish Amanda’s two-page curse-laden response, and then refused to tear down the original interview, WePublishing (owner of Strumpette) President Brian Connolly filed a complaint with GoDaddy! for copyright infringement. Rather than go dark, engage a costly lawyer and fight this ridiculous complaint for two weeks, I opted to tear down Amanda’s ill-founded logic. And moved the blog off of GoDaddy!.
That incident — more than any — convinced me that Amanda Chapel was not a sincere fighter of hypocrisy and could not let “her” words stand on their own. I vowed never to link to or mention Strumpette again on this blog. But yesterday’s sudden departure made me wonder. And I could not help but share these statistics with you.
Ciao, Amanda Chapel. Don’t hurry back.
For an in depth look at the Amanda Chapel back story check out this excellent post from Robert French.ï¿½