PR and politics have lots in common

Public relations and politics have a lot in common. Not least is the fact that both PR practitioners and politicians are frequently criticised by people who know very little about the subject but think they are expert commentators.

The reason they think they are experts is that they are "consumers" of some of the products of PR and politics. The problem is they only see it from their own limited perspective and not the whole picture that the PRs and politicians have.

A good example of this is ex-FT journalist Tom Foremski’s latest musings on PR. From his perspective he might well be right but he is only seeing part of the picture. For a much more rounded view have a look at what renaissance chambra is saying.

The reason that I used the political as well as PR analogy is that I’m part way through writing a rather lengthy essay-style post on this theme. It is a result of mounting fury that so much of the criticism directed at my two main interests is based on ignorance. There is lots that can be criticised about both, so why is 90% of the criticism just people talking out of their arses?


About Stuart Bruce

International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.
  • http://simoncollister.typepad.com Simon Collister

    Not entirely keeping with your post… but in the realm of PR and politics don't you ust think the wheels have come of the New Labour spin machine?

    The Tessa Jowell affair is a recent example: the government's line was she's done nothing wrong so that's alright. I can't imagine for a second this line holding back in 1997. Her activities have compromised NL's brand values so surly she would have/should have gone??

  • http://allanjenkins.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/03/pr_and_politics.html Desirable Roasted Coffee

    PR and politics have lots in common?

    Politics and PR — industries with image problems. Stuart Bruce is both a politician and a PR practitioner. And while he rarely goes off the rails, I think he’s derailed here:Public relations and politics have a lot in common. Not

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    New to the blogosphere — I didn't realize how many professionals were stepping up and addressing this issue.

    Why can't we overcome the misperceptions of our industry? We (as a the entire profession) have to be brutally honest and unite together.