Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Crowd size is an argument that flares in Washington DC constantly. Here it is again. The argument is a function of spin. Supporters want the crowd to be larger. Opponents want it to be smaller. Both sides guess because neither side has a quick way to determine how many people were actually present. There is a way of estimating but it takes days and tedious work. No one wants to wait for that. Rather, they want to trumpet their points of view to the media right away. It would be good if the media just dropped crowd-size estimates completely from their stories, but there is little hope of that happening. So, supporters and opponents continue to wrangle over a silly argument. PR practitioners ought to know better.