And so it is...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Financial Conflict of Interest
In class we discussed the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and their conflict of interest in what they really stand for. It seems that this foundation or Lance needs to rethink the way they portray themselves to the American public. Apparently, Lance, spends to much time lobbying for pharmaceutical companies in Washington, and the reasons for this seem a bit conflicting. There is too much focus on making money for his foundation (himself) instead of trying to find cures for such diseases. Classmates mentioned that the foundation pays their board members high salaries,-over $90,000 and spends ridiculous amounts on unecessary things, instead, of using charity dollars more wisely. Shows that their value is placed on money. Personally, I will never donate to this particular foundation, for these and many other reasons. If this foundation continues to do carry themselves in this matter, self-caring it will never be successful. This foundation needs to rethink their ethics and understand that accepting money over ethics in contrary to what they symbolize.

Saving Truth
In our profession, like you mentioned, we must save the truth because that is what truly matters. By researching, speaking, and debating, in order to become more informed indivuduals in our society. One must stand up for what is truly ethical, and the right thing to do. We have been taught that everybody matters, and we should consider this when we make decisons, especially, if they affect a great number of people or audiences. This is what should drive every decision we make in life, especially, in our public relations profession. In doing this we should not be faced with any conflicts of interests, like money oner ethics among others. It is our duty to do the right thing, and we must work toward that ideal, apply it to our everyday lives, and teach other to strive to live in an ethical society.

Monday, December 04, 2006

American Diabetes Association and its reliance on big pharma dollars.
The American Diabetes Association, in the last year, has began to rethink how it raises money from companies. The ADA has been critized for the inbalance in the need to "raise money with core matters of the conscience." Until recently, products such as; Eskimo Pie, and Frosted Shredded Wheat carried the ADA logo, as a "proud sponsor," of the charity and the nation's 21 million diabetic community. The ADA has since turned down millions in sponsorship money.
The ADA's relationship with pharmaceutical companies is a major concern. Pharmaceutical companies seem to be very involved with the charity. Some say that instead of promoting healthier eating lives (habits), the charity helps more with the treatment of drug therapy, which can be avoided in the first place. There seems to be a conflict of interest with this organization. In order for the ADA to be a successful, informational, and effective association they must rethink their association with the pharmaceutical companies. By doing this they will better serve their community; the American diatetic community not the pharmaceutical companies.

Cross-Cultural Communication: What is your CL rating?
Cultural Learning, as we discussed in class consists of six stages that public relations individuals must understand in order to communicate effectivelyl. We all start at stage 1 The local expert, and move from stage to stage through our personal experiences and academic careers. We must go through this process in order to understand the different publics, or audiences we are trying to communicate with. The trourist, curious sujourner, bicultural expert, and integratior stages allows us to become more aware of this cross-cultural communication. PR individuals must strive to and reach the leader stage, or "make it happen" attitude in order to be successful individuals in the professional field.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Discussion with a classmate about similarities and differences. My discussion was with Christine. We had many similarities. She is a public relations major like myself. We both aren't very involved in school activities for we don't have time. We are both from the DFW area, have 'normal' families. We both think of eating as a hobby, for we love to eat. Although, we had many similarities we had more differences. She is of Italian descent, I thought she was caucasian. Christine has a small family, lives on her own, and is not that close to them. I have a big family, am very close to them, and still live at home. We have the same goal we wish to accomplish. To graduate as soon as possible and get that first job.

The video we watched in class mentioned that we live in a consumer driven society, where money matters. Also, talked about the dividing and segmentation practices that are used in our society. We are put under demographic tribes, such as class, which seems to be the most important to many people in our society. We discussed meritocracy, if you have a merit, then you have success. By thinking this way it only serves capitalism, not our democracy, because the only goal is to make money. We must learn that in order to be successful we must take everyone into consideration, and learn from one another. These practices serve no purpose, they only divide our society more that it already is.

In class we discussed automakers Nissan and Toyota, and accusations against them of using Iron metal made by slaves in Brazil. If this is the case, this is not acceptable for it is not ethical. What values do such companies have? How exactly are they trying to differentiate their products from other automakers. Obviously, humaness, equality, and justice are not at the top of their list, since they are allowing this to take place. We will not accept slavery, in order to get cheaper cars. We have a responsibility to all humanity, and that includes the slave workers in Brazil. Nissan and Toyota must do the right thing. They need to re-evaluate their values, recall all cars made by slaves, and try to do the right thing for their own sake.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Yesterday, we dicussed Cosmopolitanism in great detail. Cosmopolitansm is the idea of being free of prejudice and accepting of people of the world. Under cosmopolitanism, we must change our mindsets and reach out to other people. Also, to jump out of out "bubble," and see what else is out there. We must be cosmopolitan and apply this idea to our lives. If we understand how the world works and the people in it, we can make the most educated decisions for the good of everyone. With only 27% of the U.S. population with B.A. degrees this idea seems challenging. As public relations individuals, we must understand this concept of cosmopolitanism and apply it to our profession. By doing this we will be able to make the communicate effectively with the different publics, and make the most informed ethical decisons.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Last week, we had a discussion on the issue of pornography in the hotel industry. Such hotels are Marriot, Hilton and others. These hospitality organizations believe that they must cater to all their customers needs; perhaps, distributing this material is their way of saying that they truly do have it all. Although, I don't think that hotel executives understand what pornography does. Pornography degrades women and young girls; they are used as sexual objects to satisy men in compromising ways and is very disgusting. This kind of behavior also promotes sexual violence toward women. Obviously, these hotel industries are only concerned about the financial gains they get by providing pornography to their customers.
Omni Hotel seems to be the only hotel to say no to pornography in their hotels. They do not provide this material for their customers, even though, they are suppose to provide all the ammenities for their customers. Omni has gotten positive publicity as a result of their decision to not have pornography.
Until everyone understands the danger that pornography does to society ; it will continue to be a debatable issue. There is lots of money to be made by those in the industy and they will put up a fight if challenged. All we can do as PR individuals is to promote and act/make ethical decisions so that others can understand where we stand and the reasons for that.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Week 2 Blog:
This chapter discusses the different sources of law. The U.S. Constitution, statutory (congress and state law), common law, or judge made law built on precedent, and administrative government agencies.
These sources of law along with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits Congress from making a law establishing a religion, and prohibiting freedom of speech, or the press affect the communication of pr professionals with the different publics.
The philosophical justifications for the freedom of expression are; freedom of expression as a social value, and as an individual value.Chapter discusses the regulations on public relations speech. PR practitioners must be aware of different government regulations and agencies affecting their organization and clients. Each of these agencies has its own rules and requirements that people must obey.
The FTC, deals with commercial speech that misleads the public. Its job is to make sure that consumers are not mislead by unfair or deceptive advertising.
Next, the FDA is concerned with the promotion of prescription drugs through the mass media, advertising, and pr activities.
Finally, the SEC, which oversees the financial markets by requiring truthful complete, and timely disclosure of information about publicly traded companies that could be important to an investor’s decision to buy and sell , or hold securities.

Week 1 Blog:

Utilitarian takes the position that the ethical act is the one that produces the greatest possible balance over the bad for everyone affected. The morality of an action is defined by its consequences. The PRSA’s code of ethics illustrates this utilitarianism in its core principles for the profession. An example of this utilitarianism principle is promoting healthy and fair competition among the professionals. By promoting fair practices everyone has an equal opportunity of competition and advancement. Acknowledgement of this principle in the profession leads the “greatest happiness for the greatest number.”
Communitarian Theory focuses on the community the organization is a part of. Kathie Leper notes, “a communitarian approach would suggest that what is best for the community is ultimately in the best interest of the organization.”
The PRSA’s code of ethics deals with both theories in more than one way. There will be conflicting situations in the profession with either theory used. The PRSA code of ethics seems to be more communitarian for it focuses on the community (public) the organization belongs to. By governing though these principles the organization can be able to have positive public relations with the community and their clients.

Friday, September 08, 2006

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