Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
“What can I get for you today?” It’s a simple question asked countless times daily at Starbucks locations, but when you’re caught off-guard it can feel like a life or death decision. Luckily for residents of Easily, S.C., the staff at Robinson Funeral will be able to serve you either way. Although not an official Starbucks store, Robinson owner announced plans to open a café inside the funeral parlor serving Starbucks coffee
and beverages to its grieving guests. Could it be the next big market for the coffee purveyor?
Speaking of openings, publisher Condé Nast announced the location of its first college of fashion and design
. The Telegraph reports
the name behind Vogue
will set up shop in the heart of London’s Soho neighborhood in 2013.
Meanwhile, fellow publisher American Media—which puts out Star
, and other titles—has named Joe Bilman its first chief digital officer
, also announcing plans to hire 60 new employees as it looks to rev up its digital division.
According to The Daily Beast
, news outlet USA Today
is also taking a “digital gamble,” potentially resting its name and fate in the hand of newly appointed top editor, former online journalist David Callaway.
No stranger to the inner workings of online media, “Tosh.0” host and comedian Daniel Tosh decided to remove any reference of rape from the pilot episode
of his new animated series, “Brickleberry,” after the comic’s most recent controversy
surrounding the use of a rape joke directed at a female audience member during a show in Los Angeles.
Fellow entertainer Madonna also landed in hot water recently. National Front, the far-right political party in France, said it plans to sue the Material Girl
after the singer showed a video during her Paris concert that briefly contained an image of the party’s leader, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika on her forehead.
I don’t know what was a bigger blunder: Madonna’s French concert flub or this girl who accidently attached a headshot of a crazy-eyed Nicholas Cage
instead of her résumé when emailing a potential employer?
Email mistakes aside, the argument is still up for debate whether the Internet is damaging our brains
or if it’s simply the media driving us mad?
Regardless, as The New York Times reports
, we could all benefit from being a little bit less in touch at the office. Companies such as Volkswagen have implemented policies so some of their employees can disconnect from their smartphones when they leave the office. Giving the staff a break and the company a potential leg up.
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