Dark Art: The Changing Face of Public Relations
By: Tim Burt
Dark Art lifts the lid on the covert world of business and financial public relations.
Tim Burt, former award-winning journalist at the Financial Times, charts the upheaval of an industry that generates multi-million dollar revenues for mainly private, and tightly held, agencies around the world. He sets out to explain the new tactics shaping strategic communications in the 21st century, and questions whether the industry can live up to its promises in a world where the media itself is facing an existential threat. As the industry struggles to adapt, Burt investigates the impact of the evolving digital environment, and the likely winners and losers from the old ‘dark art’ of spin.
What emerges is a tale of corporate intrigue, where larger-than-life millionaires agonise about their reputations, where business promises are made and broken, and where demands grow for strategic communications services that can be trusted.
Based on high-profile examples of contemporary corporate crises, this is a unique insider view on a discreet industry at a time of unprecedented change. Dark Art examines the challenges facing the PR industry and sets out a vision of how the industry might evolve.
A well-timed book on what has become a major industry in its own right…. paints a stark picture of life behind the boardwood panelling
- Dan Roberts, Guardian
Required reading for leaders seeking insights on the risks and opportunities of communicating and conducting business in a digital world
- Jac Nasser, Chairman, BHP Billiton
With the digital revolution disrupting businesses around the world and the media in crisis, public relations is growing with a new confidence. ‘Dark Art’ unpicks the history and assesses the forces driving modern PR and its increasing influence. Tim Burt offers a shrewd insider’s guide
- Richard Sambrook, Global Vice Chairman, Edelman
Manifesto for a more trustworthy PR … an exposure of PR’s ‘dark arts’; an analysis of recent turbulence in the great persuasion industry and, ultimately, an argument for a more responsible approach to reputation enhancement
- Ian Hargreaves, Financial Times
Eye-opening … shines a light on an industry that likes to be ‘heard but not seen’
- New Statesman