Public Relations

By Erik Hinch

When I think of the phrase “Public Relations”, I think of prominent public figures such as politicians, businesses or celebrities.  It deals with their relationship with their customers/supporters/fans, etc. It can be positive or negative, depending on your actions or the statements you make. I hear all the time that politicians will do something as a “PR Stunt”..meaning they’re showing up to an event in order to garner positive feedback or thoughts from supporters or even those against them.  I would explain to my parents something probably along the lines of showing them how, for example, Paul Ryan, running mate of the Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, showed up with his family to a soup kitchen recently and tried to support their efforts. Now, I could get into the fact that they were already done with that meal, that nobody was doing anything, and that the pans that Ryan washed were already clean and it was a waste of water and soap, and that the charity running the soup kitchen could get into legal trouble because of it, but the point is that he did it whilst trying to gain a positive reflection of himself among voters.  That is Public Relations.


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    katherinehwoods said,

    Really nice i thought by you giving a face to Public Relations it helped me to understand the deffinition better. And good example it supports what you wrote really well.

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    rockyoyole said,

    Public Relations is huge when it comes to politics and presidential debates. It’s definitely a good example of it all.

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    kristinmarq said,

    I agree with Katherine, nice way to put it.

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