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Gobble Gobble Linky Loves for Turkey Week

Thanksgiving weekend is really one of the most delightful of the year full of lots (!) of food, family and friends. And the best part for me this weekend is spending very little time not in sweats. Ahhhh….

I’ve been collecting my favorite links of the week for a little more than a week, but there’s some great stuff here. This is our last “linky love” this term. I look forward to sharing the students’ “best ofs” next week.

As always, you can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

4 PR lessons you can learn from Cirque du Soleil (Arik Hansen) – I love Cirque du Soleil. I’ve been to one of the Vegas shows and several of the touring shows and just can’t get enough. This unique troupe is doing something right and my friend, Arik, seems to have a bead on what that is. What do you think?

12 Most Creative Ways To Get A Job With Social Media (12 Most) – Good list of ideas about using social media creatively. Not sure I’d spring for Facebook Ads, at least not to start, but it’s food for thought.

VIDEO: After Pepper-Spraying, A Powerfully Silent Protest At UC Davis (NPR) – You may have seen this story from UC Davis and the Internet meme that followed showing Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis campus police pepper spraying everyone from the Rugrats to the Smurfs to Mother Theresa. What does it seem the University is doing right or wrong about communicating about this issue?

Redefining Public Relations for a New Age (NYTimes) – PR has long has a PR problem. PRSA is trying to do something about it. Check out this initiative to define PR. How would you define this career you’ve chosen?

Study: Fox News viewers know less than people who don’t watch the news  (Ragan) – The headline made me laugh and was irresistible. But what does this kind of info say about media consumption? Recommend you click through to both stories linked in this article for more context.

#TheDailySpin: Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Michele Bachmann (Ragan) – A handful of celebrity news with PR implications. Is Michele Bachmann a Lying A** B****? Did Jenny from the Block not visit the actual “block” in her new Fiat commercial? Can grandmas eat pop rocks? It’s all the important questions of our day.

12 business lessons from your favorite cartoons (12 Most) – Nemo, Bugs and the Smurfs all have lessons to teach us, says the author of this post. Any of these resonate with you? Others you would add?

10 reasons to give thanks: PR edition (Ragan) – Things about working in PR to be thankful for. This is a great list… good reminder of why we do (or will do) what we do.

Texts may help teens lose weight (LA Times) – From the health communications category (one of my personal faves), this study shows that personal, directed texts can help teens change behavior. And, specifically, lose weight. Texting campaigns are underrated, I think. I like that this study shows a success story. What do you think?

Confidence in institutions continues to plummet (Capstrat) – Who do we trust? Capstrat looks at this questions and provides some interesting insights. Some of the data is specifically about millennials (a.k.a. your generation).

Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees (NYTimes) – The world is getting smaller. No longer do six degrees separate us, now it’s more like 4.74. This definitely has implications for communications professionals.

Oregon Ducks Launch New Sports iPad App (Sports Networker) – So this is pretty awesome. I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of this yet. For you sports fans, how do mobile apps change the way we experience the game?

Trying to get a straight answer from PR people (Jim Romanesko) – In the debut of a recurring feature on Romanesko’s new blog, he reaches out to Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A to try to get a straight answer. I love Romanesko’s commentary on the media and I, quite honestly, look forward to seeing more of these features. What can you take away from Chipotle’s response (or lack of one from Chick-Fil-A)?