Featured Blog, I: The Corporation
Bloggers of the World: Shut Up
Tim Worstall / March 22, 2006
Another work blogger has been closed down by The Management. Via NHS Blog Doctor for the story. A small and perhaps not very subtle hint for whichever managerialist twit was behind this decision. You’re a C word, an F...in’ Twat my Dear Sir.
The major problem that corporations and large organizations have is that they are perceived as being somehow "other". Not part of the general human experience, that they are some unbelievable, non-understandable violation of the normal rules of association and discourse. Which, in historical terms, of course they are. Until very recently any group of people more than 5,000 strong would be considered a nation, now we have corporations and bureaucracies 50 times larger than that.
So when some blogger starts to talk about what he does, reveals that The Corporation is in fact made up of human beings, frustrated, ecstatic, joyous and depressed in exactly equal measure to the readers, this helps us to understand that you are not the "other".
You are in fact us, others perceive our own work just as we perceived your organization before that peep of humanity. We all know that whatever the best intentions things don’t quite always go according to plan. We know this from our own daily working lives and the frustrations of life are greatly reduced, not only by knowing that we’re not the only ones suffering from Murphy’s Law but also by realizing that your company, your organization, is also staffed by human beings doing the best they can.
You seem not to understand that the very best publicity, the finest advertisement for your organization is that we will identify with it. That brands are not built from advertising on a TV screen but from the recommendations and interactions of every day life. That very "viral marketing" that so much money is spent upon these days.
You’ve just closed down one very fine method of that happening for your company.
Well done Sir. You’re an idiot.
Featured Blog, II: Equal Time
The Rude Pundit Auditions to Be the Liberal Blogger at The Washington Post
The Rude Pundit/March 22, 2006
Since the Washington Post saw fit to hire Redstate.org's Ben Domenech as its "authentic conservative voice" blogger, the Rude Pundit thought they might be in the market for a "liberal" voice. So the Rude Pundit is writing today to show the Washington Post that he can be their kind of liberal blogger:
You know, even though the Rude Pundit is a liberal, boy, he sure agreed with so much President George W. Bush said at his press conference yesterday. There's just oodles of common ground between the left and the White House, if only the rest of the left just wouldn't be so antagonistic to the right. But, as the liberal blogger for the Washington Post, the Rude Pundit's job is to demonstrate just how conciliatory we on the left can be, because we wouldn't want to be perceived as radical or "crazy." That would undermine our credibility.
So here's a list of everything the Rude Pundit, representing liberals everywhere, agreed with the President on:
-- "No question that the enemy has tried to spread sectarian violence. They use violence as a tool to do that." He's right; there's no question that those who oppose the U.S. in Iraq use violence. But what should we do, since withdrawal is an option only the most radical among us believe is realistic?
-- Regarding Iran, "It's important for our citizens to understand that we have got to deal with this issue diplomatically now." It's just so great for the President to say that, because some on the left just think he sees diplomacy as a speedbump on the short road to invasion. But, now that the Rude Pundit is the liberal blogger for the Washington Post, he understands that the President needs to be taken at his word or there's no way for any progress to be made.
-- "Afghanistan provided safe haven for al Qaeda." Would it be impolite to point out that this was true prior to 9/11? Even though the Rude Pundit is the liberal blogger for the Washington Post, he can freely slam Bill Clinton, because he believes that his slams at Bush will have more credibility then.
-- "I'm telling you what's on my mind." That's the kind of refreshing honesty that keeps the public so squarely behind the President. It's something that we on the left could learn from. Read the rest at the Rude Pundit...