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I am writing on BlogOn 2005 over at the AllBusiness PR Blog this week, and will be updating the posts here.

Rudest moment of the conference? Steve Rubel asked Shel Israel to explain the PR people will become waiters/waitresses article in the blog. I had interviewed Israel, and he seems like a nice guy even if we disagree on things, and his comment is actually Personally, we think many of them may find their futures in the restaurant service industry and the world may be a better place for it, even if the restaurant industry is not.

Not much better, but okay. However, when someone from Porter Novelli asked a question, and introduced herself, Rubel said "oh, a future waitress."

Like I have said before - nice of people to defend the industry. From one supposed future waiter to another one (or likely to a busboy) thanks for the inappropriate snide comment, doyen. Even if it was meant in jest, it was plain rude and insulting to the profession.

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  1. BTW, Blogtronix is webcasting all BlogOn 2005 General Sessions:
    http://www.blogonevent.com/blogon2005/community_tools/

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  2. Thanks for the update, Jeremy. Wish I was there with you to watch PR folks stir the bees nest.

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  3. You want fries with that?

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  4. As someone who spent two summers in college working graveyard shift at Dennys...

    I resemble that remark!

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  5. Actually Jeremy, it might have been more helpful for you to have used my entire quote which began with: "I believe that blogging and the social media have created a change-or-die situation for many marketing people, particularly PR people. Many, such as Steve and a good many others have already changed from gatekeepers to facilitators. But those who continue to use command and control tactics, rather than listen and respond may face a future in the restaurant service industry. I say this without joy, because I was in the business for more than 25 years and am proud of it."

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  6. Thanks Shel for your take on the issue.

    I had cut and pasted the exact quote from the blog post back in May from the Naked Conversations blog, which I thought covered the comment that Rubel was quoting when he made his comment in "jest".

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  7. What's the matter with the restaurant service industry? My father built and operated six independent restaurants which employed hundreds of people, (supporting hundreds more) sent many of his employees to school and became an institution in the communities where his businesses were located.

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