Monday, March 3, 2008

Dial M for Blog

After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated - Advertising Executive Paul Tilley died after jumping from an upper floor of the Fairmont Hotel on February 22. On February 11 Agency Spy, an advertising industry blog, published a moderately snarky critique of Mr. Tilley's motivational efforts, which edged only slightly across the line from business to personal. The same blog then published numerous comments from readers offering far more scathing criticism of Tilley as a manager and human being. In a subsequent blog post, Agency Spy's anonymous author disclaimed credit for Tilley's demise, noting that movie reviewers and political columnists also dished out harsh criticism. In an e-mail interview for the Times she argued that Tilley's job as an ad exec made him a public figure under the new rules of blogdom. She also noted that traffic had grown since the suicide, with no complaints from advertisers. More traffic, of course, means more revenue for the anonymous proprietress of Agency Spy.

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