I’ve been trying to articulate my thoughts on where I think PR is heading in both the near and distant future. I was having trouble and then I found Brian Solis’ post on the matter and realized I didn’t have to write it anymore. He did it for me.
“For far too long, PR has operated behind a wall, spamming media with generic emails and press releases, without taking the time to understand why their news matters to the community they’re trying to reach. And now with the tools to reach communities directly at their fingertips, many will fail, while a few smart, immersed, and passionate professionals will converse transparently. But perhaps at that point, they’re no longer just another PR person, they could in theory, graduate to something much more important and influential.”
Read that, print it out, and tape it to the wall in front of your desk.