Ah, PR invites.
It is with pleasure that we invite you to the launch of the most anticipated website on the internet … [name removed to spare pain] The presentation and unveiling of the new website will be followed by drinks and canapés. Your invitation is attached – it would help us if you would confirm your acceptance by email or phone.
It’s so 1995, isn’t it? Come to a room and we’ll unveil a .. website? Uh? Surely one unveils objects. I recall a line from an Arthur C Clarke short story I read long, long ago but which stuck in my mind:
“At the ceremony, the chairman pressed a button (which wasn’t connected to anything). The chief engineer pressed another button, which was..” (The story was “Travel by Wire“.)
And so when I go to these events and see the chief executive brightly press a button and declare sites “open” I think of the web folk labouring like Molochs and actually making it happen. Ah, scepticism (or is mine cynicism?) - how young it gets planted.
- These posts might be related (the database thinks..):
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- My Newsnight appearance - yeah, well, watch it now (4 February 2008; score: 32.58%)
- Pieces fall into place for Apple to launch "iWork" next week (4 January 2005; score: 32.57%)