How much? Georgia asked. The price demanded: P120,000 a month for a year. “What?!” Georgia thought. “These guys are crazy.” And again she gently declined. They lowered the offer to P80,000. (That’s P80,000 per month x 12 months or P960,000; almost a million bucks.) Georgia still declined.
Cut to a year later when Georgia opened another restaurant. Big Bad Blogger visits. Again, he smiled, ate like a regular blogger, took pictures with his ginormous SLR, and paid for his meal. This time, though, he wrote a scathing review. A few days after that, The Firm called Georgia again. “Have you seen Big Bad Blogger’s post?” they asked. Of course she had. “He works with us. We can make sure he retracts his comments and clarifies that your restaurant is not bad but really good after all.” For the same price. ""
in the blog of http://chuvaness.livejournal.com/1027404.html
some of her readers mentioned that they have somebody in mind.
one even gave away clues---
I know a lot of food bloggers but I am not sure if any of them directly works with PR groups. Sure, I get invited in EVENTS---organized blog events or direct invitations from PR companies and or friends who work with those PR groups so I kinda relate to this.
MY TAKE ON THE ISSUE:
* without name(s) mentioned, it kinda unfair. stories could be blown out of proportion .what if this is just meant to discredit the blogging community? It's unfair for this restaurant owner to accuse something as grave as this without saying who this person is. My point, it should have been either expose all the way or shrug it off nalang.
* the PR company might just be using the name of the BIG BAD BLOGGER for it's gain without the person aware of it.
* if it is true, extortion is extortion and theres no justification to it.
* this is also an eye opener for events bloggers like me as it reminds us to regularly check our motives and ask ourselves if we are still true to the things we believe in.
* some raised issues about freebies for bloggers affecting their reviews of certain establishments. ---yes, it has an effect ---but as readers of your favorite blogs, you should be wise enough to call if the post is a sell.
* ...or is this print media/ traditional media attacking social media and the blogging community because they feel threatened?
Ms. Naemi Boado twitted "conspiracy theory. Telcos are behing this BBB controversy so that bloggers would stop talking about broadband cap."
complete article here:
the PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER