If you’ve hung around the PR blogosphere for a few years, Amanda Chapel needs no introduction. Writing at Strumpette, she ignited more flame wars than anyone in cyberspace. She used social media to criticize social media, even drawing the attention of Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post.
Since Strumpette stopped posting on March 5, 2008, the blogosphere isn’t quite as much fun. We’re still a circus, but without a sideshow. Amanda continues to poke fun at the social media elite via Twitter (@AmandaChapel), but her tweets are no match for the masterfully written posts of old.
Has Sledzik lost his mind? Hardly. Longtime readers know that my defense of Strumpette in ’07 cost me a good many “friendz” (Amanda’s word, not mine) in this space. But I didn’t lose any sleep over it. I still miss the little vixen and the satire her 7 writers delivered during their 2-year run.
Next week, we’ll begin to present the backstory of Amanda Chapel through a series of clips from our exclusive interview with Strumpette technical director and co-creator Brian Connolly.
Some will love it. Some will hate it. Just like old times, eh?
We’ll roll out the clips one day at time, just to tease you. I know Amanda would approve.
About the “we” thing. My partner on this project is Professor Andy Curran of the University of Cincinnati. Andy served as videographer and editor, and contributed a lot of insight to the content.
So drop back Tuesday, Jan. 13. We’ll post one clip each business day until we run outta files or until someone hacks my blog in protest.
Lighten up. It’s gonna be fun.