How Dumb Can a Donkey Be?

If you were appointing people to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), would you select the Director of Communications for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)? Maybe if you were a Republican. Certainly not if you were Cory Doctorow (posting at BB).

The RIAA is the most hated “company” in America… The RIAA’s campaign of suing thousands of American music lovers has been the single biggest PR disaster in recent industrial history — which is why [Jenni] Engebretsen’s employer beat out Halliburton, Blackwater and Wal-Mart for the coveted “Worst Company” slot.

The point isn’t just that Engebretsen works for a despicable organization. It’s that, had she been an effective Communications Director, the RIAA probably wouldn’t be more hated than Halliburton. Or perhaps, for the RIAA, “communications” means lawsuits or threats thereof.

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