Harold Burson's Blog

Time Frame Compression: Media Multiplicity and Opinion Formation

April 23, 2006

It took the better part of seven decades for women’s voting rights to evolve from the "Bloomer Girl" marches to the ratification of Amendment XIX to the Constitution of the United States. It took less than a decade in the 1950s for women to win equal employment rights after the formation of the National Organization […]


Still Another Lincolnian Attribute: A Sense of Public Relations

April 5, 2006

Over the past several weeks I have read Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin’s "Team of Rivals," a captivating account of Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with his cabinet during the Civil War years when he was president and commander-in-chief. As many of you likely know, Lincoln appointed his three principal contenders for the Republican nomination to […]


Role of PR Counselor

March 21, 2006

As with other callings, public relations has become increasingly specialized. Most large agencies are now a collection of silos, often independent of one another, peopled by media relations specialists, investor relations specialists, internal communications specialists, social responsibility specialists, branding specialists and on and on and on. Public relations departments of the largest corporations are usually […]


Reflections on Reaching 85… Are We Getting it Right?

February 21, 2006

It’s often said age is in the mind. Growing up in the 1920s and 30s, I couldn’t even imagine I would be around for my 85th birthday. In those days, most people settled for the Biblical three-score-and-ten. Still blessed with most of my faculties, I reflect, from time to time, on what, for me, has […]


Being in the Know…

February 15, 2006

Blogging and me…. ….would seem to have a generational incongruity.But perhaps not. The fact is I have always enjoyed sharing experiences — 85 years worth and, I hope, still counting. Some of the best advice my father gave me when I was growing up was "always be in the know." His way of "being in […]


About Harold Burson

February 14, 2006

Harold Burson, in a survey conducted by PRWeek, was described as “the century’s most influential PR figure.” This recognition is a culmination of more than fifty years of serving as counselor to and confidante of corporate CEOs, government leaders and heads of public sector institutions. PRWeek‘s summary of his career recapitulates his role as public […]