For Immediate Release

In addition to news items and in-depth discussion of trends and issues, you'll hear the Internet Society's Dan York report on technologies of interest to communicators.

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Technology
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FIR #276: Should I Tay or Should I Go?
Meta's AI Chatbot Aims to Avoid the 2016 Microsoft Tay Debacle
14 min
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FIR #275: Will You Have An NFT With Your Coffee?
Starbucks is being strategic and thoughtful about its entry into the web3 space
15 min
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FIR #274: Is Unbranded Unethical?
Some Unbranded Content is Brilliant and Useful. Does That Make It Right?
16 min
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FIR #273: What Is The Metaverse? It's A Network
The Metaverse Is Not a Destination, But Rather The Next Network For The Web
16 min
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FIR #272: Tick Tick Tick Tick Search
Generation Z Is Turning to Tok Tok and Instagram for Search
15 min
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FIR #217: Work-From-Home and the Generational D...
Generational Beliefs Could Be Driving the Remote Work Debate
13 min
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FIR #270: Disgust, Convenience, and Reputation
Will Uber Suffer At All From Its Latest Scandal?
91 min
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FIR #269: Doppelgängers Everywhere!
Digital Twins Are Already Here. They're Going to Be a Bigger Deal Than You Think
14 min
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FIR #268: NFTs in the Checkout Lane
It may be crypto winter, but retailers see a bright future for NFTs
16 min
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FIR #267: Rebuilding Trust After An Ethics Scandal
Ernst & Young has been caught cheating -- twice -- on ethics exams. Can it rebuild its reputation?
13 min
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FIR #266: How Many Trillions Will the Metaverse...
As KPMG Invests $30 million, Projected Valuations Are Going Through the Roof
14 min
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FIR #265: Fired Over Zoom
Getting Remote Layoffs Wrong Can Damage Your Company's Reputation
16 min
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FIR #264: On Background
Thoughts on Zoom Backgrounds in the Age of Video Meetings
15 min
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FIR #263: It's Alive! (AI, That Is. Or Is it?)
The June Edition of the For Immediate Release Hobson & Holtz Report
89 min
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FIR #262: You're Hired! Or Not...
Consider the Optics of Rescinding a Job Offer
13 min
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FIR #261: Crossing the Line When Surveilling Em...
Tesla Hired a PR Agency to Snoop on Employees in a Semi-Private Facebook Group During a 2017 Unionization Effort
16 min
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FIR #260: Grappling with Authenticity
How Communicators Can Help Leaders Solve the Authenticity Paradox
14 min
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FIR #259: Trust Rises in Companies That Left Ru...
Special Edelman Trust Barometer Report Shows Rising Trust in Western Democracies
15 min
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FIR #257: Purpose Vs. Polarization
FIR Tackles Two Thorny Social Issues -- and More
101 min
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FIR #256: Comms Influence in the C-Suite
Data from a Gartner Survey Show Influence Has Risen. Is it Too Good to be True?
15 min
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FIR #255: How TikTok Makes Spreadsheets Cool
Micro-Learning Videos Have Built a Model Community and Made Serious Bank for Influencer/Creators
14 min
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FIR #254: AR You Ready?
Google Unveils Technology that Could Be AR's Killer App
13 min
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FIR #253: Blockchain In Your House
Some May Be Skeptical, But You May Already Be Using the Core Web3 Technology
14 min
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FIR #252: Managers, Not Bosses
A list of "promises" from a manager serves as the foundation for great leadership
12 min
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FIR #251: Proof of Attendance
A POAP NFT offers organizations new ways to reward those who attend events
13 min
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FIR #250: Go for a Drive in the Metaverse
Toyota and Nissan Join Other Automakers Staking Claims in the Metaverse
15 min
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FIR #249: Getting Authentic with BeReal
App Aims to Be the Antidote to Curated Instagram Images
14 min
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FIR #248: Cross-Posting Do's and Don'ts
Extend Your Reach, But Be Strategic About It
11 min
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FIR #247: Permission to Scrape
An Appeals Court Has Cleared the Way for Anyone to Scrape Publicly-Accessible Web Content
12 min
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FIR #246: Who Wants to Live Forever?
The April Edition of The Hobson and Holtz Report
91 min
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FIR #245: Chatbots for Search? It Depends.
Google is working on a technology that will deliver one authoritative answer to a search query
14 min
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FIR #244: April Fool's! Or Not.
Twitter Pranked April Fool's Day
11 min
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FIR #243: New Creator Tools from LinkedIn
Are You Getting A Flood of LinkedIn Newsletter Invites?
11 min
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FIR #242: Can't Brands All Just Get Along?
Research Finds Consumers Buy More from Nice Brands
11 min
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FIR #241: Your Personal Brand, Journalist Edition
Managing Your Reputation in the Social Media Era
13 min
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FIR #240: You're Fired! Get Off Our Boat!
P&O Ferries Establishes a New Low in How to Handle a Layoff
17 min
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FIR #239: Communicating Climate Risk
New Regulations Put Companies' Climate Profiles in the Public Eye
13 min
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FIR #238: Deepfakes and Other Weapons of War
AI Technology is Among Propaganda Tools Used to Promote Misinformation
89 min
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FIR #237: Are NFTs the New Social Layer?
NFTs on Instagram Could Mean Far More than Just NFT-Based Account Avatars
13 min
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FIR #236: Crafting the Right Message
PR Professionals Know How to Identify the Right Message for Each Stakeholder Group
8 min
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FIR #235: Is It Tenable to Keep Doing Business ...
Those Brands That Remain In Russia During the Business Exodus Face Reputational Damage
13 min
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FIR #234: You're Always On The Record
PR Practitioners Need To Stop Making Up Rules
13 min
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FIR #233: Wondering About Web3
New Survey Finds Most Americans Are Clueless About the Next Generation of the Web
13 min
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FIR #232: Decentralized Branding
How DAOs Could Create Visual Identities
14 min
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FIR #231: Are All Companies in the News Business?
As Fewer Americans Pay Attention to National News, Should Businesses Share Pertinent News for the Sake of Context?
14 min
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FIR #230: Employees vs. NFTs
Salesforce Employees Revolt Against Company's NFT Plans
14 min
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FIR #229: Much Ado About Wordle
There are PR Lessons To Be Learned As The New York Times Deals with Acquisition Blowback
13 min
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FIR #228: Rethinking Silos
Research Finds Communication Intensified as Workers Went Remote
12 min
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FIR #227: DAOs and Crypto and Blockchain, Oh My!
A Deep Dive into Web3's Impact on Business and Communication
98 min
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FIR #226: The Metaverse Goes Corporate
Deloitte Opens a Metaverse-Focused Practice
13 min
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FIR #225: Bait and Switch
Fake Video Interviews and How to Detect Them
11 min
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FIR #224: Viral and Unhinged
How a Bold Approach to TikTok Drove Customer Acquisition and Earned Media Coverage
11 min
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FIR #223: COVID, Return to Work, and the Growin...
Employees and executives are far apart on how transparent remote work policies have been
12 min
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FIR #222: NFTs, the First Amendment, and Tradem...
Artist Tries Selling NFTs of Hermès Birkin Bags
11 min
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FIR #221: Filling the Podcasting Diversity Gap
Multicultural Podcast Agency Network Signed A Deal with McDonald's; What It Means for the Industry
10 min
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FIR #220: Psst. Wanna Buy Some Disinformation?
The January Episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report
84 min
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FIR #219: Get Your NFTs at a Brick-and-Mortar R...
Fashion Retailers are First. Other Markets are Inevitable.
11 min
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FIR #218: Disney is Auditioning TikTok Creators
Being Goofy is a Job Requirement
13 min
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FIR #217: Would You Buy an NFT of a Pulitzer Pr...
AP Is Launching an NFT Marketplace
11 min
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FIR #216: FIR and MPN
Joining Another Podcast Network
11 min
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FIR #215: 2022 Trends
Communication Trends for the New Year
14 min