The Internet Wars

Sigh. Never underestimate the ability of management to change the subject to who should be posting what on their fucking Facebook pages while the world burns down.

Granted, there is an argument to be made here. I don’t blog about my day job and I think anyone who does either has a remarkable lack of self-preservation or a screw loose somewhere. I don’t bitch about my bosses or my colleagues or write about things I cover for other publications (though I will link). A) None of it’s really that interesting in the context of what happens here and b) none of it’s really that interesting, period. My last paper didn’t have any rules about blogging, but that was like four years ago, by now, I hope they do, because nothing I said online back then could have gotten me fired, not on paper, anyway. (The being a huge pain in the ass could have gotten me fired many times, and I’m often mystified why it didn’t, but that’s another post about how sometimes your bosses are more fucked up than you are.)

Still, looking at Richtmyer’s comment, I can only agree with it heartily, and argue further that this is not at all like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This is like polishing one fork in a drawer in a stateroom on one level of the Titanic. I hope it made the AP’s higher-ups feel good because certainly it served no other purpose.


5 thoughts on “The Internet Wars

  1. Admittedly, I don’t know the journalist involved and I haven’t seen the comment beyond what is printed in the story.
    But if all he did was say that the fat cats should be responsible for their results as opposed to the little guys…How does that even merit a second glance?
    Hasn’t there been a groundswell of public opinion about the discrepancy between worker and executive salaries; hasn’t there been a cry about CEOs of failed businesses walking away with golden parachutes?
    If that is all the journalist said, the CEOs should find out about Lexis-Nexis and see who else is making much more pointed comments. For that matter, they may even want to try the google.

  2. [[anyone who does either has a remarkable lack of self-preservation or a screw loose somewhere.]]
    Or it’s actually part of the job, which was my very good fortune for several years. But, in general, yeah.
    But … in this particular case? AP needs to not only un-reprimand the guy but also put him in charge of business-news coverage. My retirement savings and kids’ college accounts are crying out for business journalism that grasps the general idea expressed by Mr. Richtmyer and its logical implications.

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