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July 3, 2009

Why would I possibly care?

As a journalist, I get all sorts of weird e-mails from attention-seeking press agents. But I think this has to be one of the most random ones I've gotten in a while:

BEE GEES HONORED WITH POSTAGE STAMPS IN THEIR BIRTHPLACE
Issued Today, Isle Of Man's Eight-Stamp Set Salutes Hitmaking Native Sons

Umm ... OK ...

What am I supposed to do with that?

I ask that very question when PR people send me e-mails about bands with obscene names. They're like, Hey Sam, how about a profile on this great new band, [Expletive] Eaters from Manchester! They've got a hot new album on the college circuit, and guess what -- they're coming to Baltimore!

I'm like, Uhh, this is a family newspaper, guys. And they're like, well, what about a listing?

Sigh. 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:59 AM | | Comments (3)
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Comments

If you don't care, why should we?

You DO realize that, by printing the story and even mocking it, you ironically fell for their trap--and actually spread the publicity for them just as they wanted?

Did you ever hear the saying "There's no such thing as bad publicity"?

Well, look at this way, They were hit making Kings of Disco era without anywhere as much personal life baggage* as a certain Pop star currently being canonized as a secular saint**, and you found it worth it to post on him.
Did you really care about him?

* He way out distance they on rumors as well.

** http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=418979>1=28102


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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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