Public Relations t-shirt I bought at a retail store a few years ago.
Several years ago I picked up this t-shirt for $2 in what was then a well-known store. I did not just pick-up one, but two of the t-shirts. ( I gave one to my boss.) As an educator I picked-up the t-shirt to use as an icebreaker with the introduction course to public relations. Besides, how many times do you see a non-sponsored t-shirt that boosts public relations? Even if I disagree with it. Now, the t-shirt is tacked on the bulletin board in my office and has transpired from a conversation starter in the classroom to a curiosity piece among office visitors. It is always interesting to see individuals initial reactions to the t-shirt when they visit my office. Some are perplexed, other laughs, and a few could careless about the t-shirt.
But I’d like to know what you think? Would you wear this shirt? Why or why not? Are you offended or is the t-shirt just another reminder as to how public relations practitioners are portrayed/stereotyped by other industries?
This semester the Introduction to Public Relations course is blogging every other week. Last week comments were made regarding blog topics to begin the semester and it is now time to blog.
There is something that draws everyone to pick their field of interest and public relations is no different. This week we are going to focus on the portrayal of public relations to the public. Pick one of the following topics to begin your blogging journey.
What are some myths and preconceptions of the field of public relations? Why do you think they exist?
Analyze the portrayal of a public relations practitioner from a current movie or television series. (Consider the different public relations models.)
Even if you are not in the class, feel free to weigh-in on the topics above in the comment section.
Image courtesy of Flethcher Prince photostream in Flickr Creative Commons.
This semester I have the privilege of teaching Introduction to Public Relations, also referred to as Principles of Public Relations. A new semester calls for some new ideas. So what are some blog topics students should tackle this semester to voice their insights about the growing field of public relations? Let your voice be heard!