Exclusive interview with Strumpette co-creator Brian Connolly: Next week @ ToughSledding

strumpette_brandIf 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.

chapelHas 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.

amandachapelSo 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.

12 Responses to Exclusive interview with Strumpette co-creator Brian Connolly: Next week @ ToughSledding

  1. Bill says:

    Can’t wait for the interviews! I used to have my students read Strumpette for an alternative view of PR and social media – always good for conversation starters. School begins next week and I am teaching the first social media class at OSU (Oklahoma that is, not Ohio… ahem…) so your timing is perfect!

  2. Bill Sledzik says:

    Good luck with your semester, Bill. I’m glad this little piece of journalism can be part of it. As for OSU, here in Ohio it would be “The OSU.” We’re way more full of ourselves that you Oklahomans.

  3. Kait says:

    Can. not. wait.

  4. CT Moore says:

    Jesus, Bill, could you just tell us who the model in the photos is, already?

  5. Bill Sledzik says:

    Thanks for dropping in, C.T. Now sure we’ll ever know the name of the naked lady, but one of my enterprising students a few years back (Noah G.) found her on this stock photo site. To borrow a line from George Jones, she hotter than a 2-dollar pistol.

  6. Amanda Chael says:

    She’s my 1st cousin Ceci. She lives in Milan. When we’re together, people think we’re twins.


    – Amanda

  7. Meg says:

    While “shit disturbing” and critical voices are necessary in any vibrant communications sphere, bundling up a series of overused, over-rehearsed arguments in a tired, misogynistic, and overtly cliche package to gain the favour of those who fancy themselves “difficult” is just… well… so very Sarah Palin.

    I hope he uses the word “maverick” at least once.

  8. Bill Sledzik says:

    Thank you for the comment, Meg. But just to clarify, are we talking about the same thing here? I mean, I haven’t posted a single video clip in this series yet. And I certainly don’t want my research to disturb anyone’s s*%#. Hope you’ll stick around for the show. I assure you not one clip mentions Governor Palin.

    Update: Never mind, Meg. Your Twitter bio clarifies things for me.

  9. Meg says:

    Hi Bill — my comments were about the Amanda Chapel character, not you. 🙂 I just wish people were less fascinated with the whole thing, but I do understand why.

    And my Twitter bio was a joke for friends in response to the rather overblown titles and pitches people often make in those 160 characters allotted. It’s obviously intended to be ridiculous, not serious. And I’m good with that. I get enough serious in the rest of my day.:)

  10. Meg says:

    Oh, one more — I knew he wouldn’t mention Palin — I was making a comparison between the image construction we witnessed with her nomination, and the Amanda Chapel idea. That’s all.:)

  11. Bill Sledzik says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Meg. I don’t know that people are fascinated with Strumpette, nor do I care. The series was simply a chance for my research partner and I do delve into one of the more colorful stories of the PR blogosphere. We’re both old media guys who love to tell stories. Sometimes those stories piss people off — and that’s usually a good thing.

    To your Twitter bio, you say you “obviously intended it to be ridiculous, not serious.” (BTW, my LinkedIn bio is the same, and I had a blast writing it.) Let me assure you that a good bit of what Mr. Connolly and his co-authors did on Strumpette was intended in exactly the same vain — ridiculous.

    Unfortunately, too many in the blogosphere take themselves way too seriously, and as a result, they missed the point. I can see you aren’t one of those people, and I hope someday we can strike up a real conversation. Thanks for the follow-up visit, and for the clarification.

  12. […] Anyway, Sledzik posted portions of the interview on his blog. They are much too short, but it still does a good job of documenting a small piece of seedy PR social media history. As a bonus, you get Connolly’s musings about the current state of the PR social media practices. The journey starts here. […]

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