We touched on a couple of cyber-bullying cases during last week's show, with online harassers terrorizing victims for more than two decades and leaving many of them broken. This week, Ewan looks at a recent court case that provides some hope for those who've suffered from online harassment.
Then we turn our attention to Amazon and news that Chief Executive Jeff Bezos will step aside and focus on his new role as Executive Chairman. It's almost always big news when a founder moves on, leaving the company in the hands of his or her successor. It's also a challenge for in-house PR people, who need to understand the business and market sentiment well when planning how to announce the news. Cam looks at what Amazon did right.
Plus: we can't get enough of QAnon! Not the actual conspiracy per se, which is outlandish and almost comical if it wasn't so dangerous. Instead, we recommend some resources that look at how conspiracies take root with some ideas on how to stop them. Ewan also brings us his first record review of 2021: the latest from The Weather Station.
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Links and Show Notes
- New Tort, New Remedy - The Canadian Bar Association
- You're Not Powerless in the Face of Online Harassment - Harvard Business Review
- Caplan v. Atas, 2021 ONSC 670 - CanLII
- A Right-Wing YouTuber Hurled Racist, Homophobic Taunts at a Gay Reporter. The Company Did Nothing. - Washington Post
- A Vast Web of Vengeance - New York Times
- Episode #41: A Vast Web of Vengeance Discussed in Check This Out - PR & Law Podcast
- Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO, Andy Jassey to Take Over in Q3 - CNBC
- Amazon.com Announces Financial Results and CEO Transition - Business Wire
- Jeff Bezos will No Longer be CEO of Amazon as of Later This Year - TechCrunch
- Clubhouse App Offers Chinese a Rare Glimpse of Censor-Free Debate - Bloomberg
Check This Out
- Album Review - "Ignorance" by The Weather Station - Exclaim
- The QAnon Delusion has Not Loosened its Grip - New York Times
- Breaking the Myth - On the Media
- QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right - The New Republic
Ewan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Canada.
Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.