Blog sweatshop exposed

24 Oct

Blog_sweatshop_1Our undercover photograph reveals the shocking working conditions in blogging centres in the north of England. Trained PR practitioners are required to toil late into the night in hot and airless rooms like this to meet their daily quota of blog entries, blog comments and trackback pings. Their screen-and-keyboard productivity is monitored by demanding supervisors known only as ‘Stuart’ and ‘Bruce’. Those who don’t achieve exacting Technorati rankings at the end of the month face dismissal. "Welcome to the new PR", as one worker gloomily told us.

The CIPR director general has vowed to lobby government to clamp down on the new blog economy. "I won’t rest until the last undercover blog operation has been outlawed. There’s no place for underground activity like this in a modern public relations profession," he said.

8 Responses to “Blog sweatshop exposed”

  1. Eventualities 24/10/2006 at 3:20 pm #

    A Different Class

    We could probably have filled the room twice for the CIPR blogging workshop at Leeds Metropolitan University last night. In fact the event proved so popular we had to disable the online booking facility on our website a week ago.
    People are incr…

  2. Andrea Weckerle 24/10/2006 at 6:34 pm #

    Good old clunky desktops. The only things missing are the leg shackles. Very nice 🙂

  3. Rob Skinner 24/10/2006 at 9:04 pm #

    That’s where my old Intel 486 computer went!

  4. Pieter 24/10/2006 at 10:32 pm #

    Now that sight brings back memories 🙂

  5. Samantha Wilcox 26/10/2006 at 10:11 am #

    Lets hope Phil doesn’t get wind of this or the next sweatshop could be opening in Sunderland anytime soon!

  6. Ged 26/10/2006 at 8:41 pm #

    Sounds like a typical day in many London agencies before blogging even took off!

  7. Ellee 27/10/2006 at 9:27 pm #

    Many of us don’t need imaginary shackles, they already exist!

  8. Strive Notes 28/10/2006 at 6:52 pm #

    My reality?

    Richard Bailey reveals what life is really like for a PR blogger. 
    Somebody help me please!
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