Allan’s open letter to Steve Crescenzo

by Lee Hopkins on April 27, 2006 · 7 comments

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W OW! It sure got heated for a while…

I was ready to put on my boxing gloves and wade into very murky mud in defence of Allan… I detested seeing a colleague and friend get slandered by another colleague who has the oxygen of newsprint. The flames coming out of Crescenzo’s mouth were pretty large and extremely ugly.

But at the end of the discussion all had kissed and made up, which helps. But the bad taste left in my mouth and the olfactory assault will be harder to erase from my memory.

Crescenzo ‘respectfully’ shows that he and Murray can be huge jerks. Boy, must make Ragan conferences “good ol’ boy” fun places to be at…

Allan, you have my permission to tip a beer AND a table over the both of them. In your original post you only mentioned ‘why’ you chose not to pay attention to Crescenzo — Crescenzo out and out slandered you. With malice aforethought.

Gosh, I can hardly wait to grow up to be a REAL business communicator, so I can slander as many people as I like and then grin inanely, put on my stupid boyish smile and say,” sorry, but we’re all jerks.”

Lost any respect I had for Crescenzo, that’s for sure.

I think Shel’s comments were ‘on the nail’ — but Crescenzo wasn’t interested in hearing them, unfortunately.

But, hey, what do I know? I’m just a nobody…


An open letter to Steve Crescenzo

Here’s the comment I posted in reply to Steve Crescenzo’s post.

” Interesting post, and I thank Eric Eggertson for bringing it to my attention.

Steve, you misrepresent me in your post, but I am sure it’s friendly hyperbole. But I’d like to clear up a couple of points for your readers who don’t know me.

First, while I responded tartly to David Murray on my blog, the message should be clear: I know of no credible communicator who sees social media as immediately revolutionary, but I know a hundred who are fitfully working toward an idea of what it will mean for internal communication over five to ten years.. In short, I answered “We don’t know what it means, yet, but you are welcome to come out and help.”

Ragan Communication could, if it wanted, help that discussion. As Robert French points out, the Global PR Blog Week could be an inspiration.

Second, I know of no credible communication blogger who disses any medium for conveying a message effectively. There may be bloggers out there who claim “print is dead”, but not anyone I know. I challenge you or your readers to find a professional communicator who writes anything close to that on their blog.

Instead, the professional communicators I know embrace any medium that helps their client send a message effectively and listen to the audience. If we focus on social media in our blog posts, it is because they are new media — the first textbooks are just now being written. Our interest in new media is not a dismissal of old media.

Third, as others have pointed out, I didn’t come up with the “Nobodies” idea. But, if nothing else, 25 communication professionals linked up to share ideas. IABC Fellows, Gold Quill winners, PRSA leaders, Ragan Seminar speakers — these are all somebodies who are happy to be nobodies in David’s book if it suits him. But if you are are communicator on a budget, just read those blogs… saves you the price of a conference, and it’s free.

Finally, Steve, I apologize unreservedly for any offense I caused you in my post. I have edited the paragraph in question, and inserted a “mea culpa.”

I better buy Steve and David a button.



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  • http://www.maryschmidt.com/ Mary Schmidt

    I’m a proud femme nobody. I joined the group in a spirit of fun and irreverence. Then, I read the flamer posts/ripostes. Holy Testosterone Melt-down, Batman! Geez, fellas, you’d never say this sort of stuff to each other’s face in that bar with the beers.

    Reminded me of one of my all-time favorite shows, Murphy Brown. She once said something like, “Why don’t I just bring a ruler into the boardroom, you drop trou and we’ll get it over with!”

    Glad to see that everyone (finally) came to their senses. But, let’s keep some perspective from now on, ya think? We’re not drilling that hole in a comet for the nuke to save the world. We’re not even seeking a cure for cancer. Great to have discussion, it’s even productive to disagree. But, let’s remember we’re all in this together.

  • http://www.maryschmidt.com Mary Schmidt

    I’m a proud femme nobody. I joined the group in a spirit of fun and irreverence. Then, I read the flamer posts/ripostes. Holy Testosterone Melt-down, Batman! Geez, fellas, you’d never say this sort of stuff to each other’s face in that bar with the beers.

    Reminded me of one of my all-time favorite shows, Murphy Brown. She once said something like, “Why don’t I just bring a ruler into the boardroom, you drop trou and we’ll get it over with!”

    Glad to see that everyone (finally) came to their senses. But, let’s keep some perspective from now on, ya think? We’re not drilling that hole in a comet for the nuke to save the world. We’re not even seeking a cure for cancer. Great to have discussion, it’s even productive to disagree. But, let’s remember we’re all in this together.

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee

    Here, here, Mary. But I was struck by how forcibly Crescenzo attacked Allan, and incited others to join in.

    I was also disappointed that Mark Ragan himself joined in the fray but at no stage did he come to the aid of common sense, which shows me a spectacular lack of statesmanship for someone who’s name is so well known and publicised in our little sphere.

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee

    Here, here, Mary. But I was struck by how forcibly Crescenzo attacked Allan, and incited others to join in.

    I was also disappointed that Mark Ragan himself joined in the fray but at no stage did he come to the aid of common sense, which shows me a spectacular lack of statesmanship for someone who’s name is so well known and publicised in our little sphere.

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  • Steve Crescenzo

    Geez, Lee. Talk about kicking a dead horse. Got a lot of time on your hands?

    David Murray was wrong to call Allan (or anybody else) a nobody. I said that up front.

    Allan was wrong to drag me into it, and slander (or libel, I can’t keep it straight) for no reason.

    And I was wrong in my over the top attack on Allan.

    As I said in my post, it was an ugly exchange, that never should have happened . . . but some good dialogue did come out of it.

    But you seem hell bent to stick to the negative. You seem bound and determined to keep the fight going.

    You should move on to bigger and better things. I have, and so, appparently, has everyone else but you.

    Steve Crescenzo

  • Steve Crescenzo

    Geez, Lee. Talk about kicking a dead horse. Got a lot of time on your hands?

    David Murray was wrong to call Allan (or anybody else) a nobody. I said that up front.

    Allan was wrong to drag me into it, and slander (or libel, I can’t keep it straight) for no reason.

    And I was wrong in my over the top attack on Allan.

    As I said in my post, it was an ugly exchange, that never should have happened . . . but some good dialogue did come out of it.

    But you seem hell bent to stick to the negative. You seem bound and determined to keep the fight going.

    You should move on to bigger and better things. I have, and so, appparently, has everyone else but you.

    Steve Crescenzo

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