Merlin's Frequently Asked Questions > Merlin, Connectedness, and the So-Called Social Graph > Why do you hate PR people so much?
I don’t hate anyone. And I have a lot of friends in some form of public relations. They seem nice. Also, people I work with and who represent me use PR to promote my stuff (usually without my input, unfortunately). But.
What I despise is an industry in which smart people who should know better are encouraged to abuse the deliberate openness of the internet for the selfish agendas of their paying clients. These are frequently professional interruptors, shoveling white-collar spam.
And, if the folks who have chosen that line of work can’t understand the poison in bothering people programmatically, then they have bigger problems than can be addressed in a pithy internet FAQ.