It is a busy time in our wild, wild world.  Indiana Jones’ son can’t stop crashing cars, Amy Winehouse can’t stay out of the hospital, LA is rockin’, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  As a PR professional, I read a lot and I follow lots of news sources and blogs.  Instead of shouting out expletives and gasps from my desk, I thought it might be more useful to get my reactions down in writing.  So here’s my two cents on just some of what’s going on.

Note: I don’t always go into the background about the situation.  For more details, click the topic for a link so you can read more about the story.

PR query face-off: HARO vs Profnet: So one is free, and one you pay for.  I use both, and I think most reporters do too.  I love ya, PR Newswire, but relax.  It’s fine.  We got you covered.

Hasbro removes Scrabulous from Facebook: I never played it, but I know many people that did.  It’s fine for Hasbro to take back what’s rightfully theirs, but honestly, in this day and age of user generated media and content, you need to listen to the people.  Say it with me now: “Give the people what they want.”   Hasbro needs to come up with a suitable licensed replacement, and fast.

Bennigan’s closes all locations: What’s really more frightening is that they left Ponderosa open.

The launch of Cuil: If people can’t say it, then clearly it’s going to be difficult to accept from the beginning.  (Just look at my last name – I know these things.  Trust me.)  Seth Godin wrote a great post about this – if ain’t broke (Google), then don’t fix it.  Be something new and different, not just a copycat of what works.

AisleDash announces its final days: This makes me mad because a lot of cool people work on this site and it also makes me scared because if the recession (yes, I said it, the big bad “R” word) is now hitting the Web, what next?  Is anything safe?

Starbucks is closing and closing and closing: I’m sorry, but have they waited in line at all at the Oliver/High Street location at 1 International Place in downtown Boston?  Do you really expect me to wait 20 minutes for a cup of coffee because there’s 4,000 people also purchasing a coffee and believe that the chain is doing poorly?  I dunno, maybe I’m just scared they’ll close more near me and then what will I do about my Rainbow cookie addiction…but still.

Twitter Fail Whale epidemic: Every day something goes wrong on the site, and yet it almost draws us closer to it.  With the recent manic micro-blogging around the earthquake and #ramday, it’s still got quite a draw.

Dark Knight lights up the reviews: For once, there is more coverage on the actors’ personal lives and not the storyline, and yet the movie is still rated highly across the board.  Well played, Batman.

Twins!: Brangelina.  JLo and Marc Anthony.  Marcia Cross.  Julia Roberts.  And now Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell.  Oy.  What IS in the water over there, Cali?


So I apologize if this came across as a negative rant.  Picture this: it’s more me reading the news and singing the classic 4 Non Blondes hit, “Hey hey hey . . . I said hey . . . what’s going on?”

What have you been reacting to in the news lately?