You’re the right kind of wrong…

Posted: 8th October, 2008 in Uncategorized
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The moose in the Canadian wilds are “Big,” according to an eye witness. Just thought I’d allay all your fears about that.

I was having a brief, and probably what he thought was a motivational chat with a colleague at work yesterday. Now, I can’t remember exactly what was said, but it was along the general lines of figures, targets, unrealistic expectations and such like. I mentioned something about a sale I’d done and he said it was good or some such, to which I replied that it was indeed, but it was nowhere near what needed to be done. His reply was something along the lines of “well yeah, it’s not where it needs to be and you can look at it as the glass being half empty, but you could always look on the positive side where the glass is half full, can’t you.” I replied with “the glass is neither half full nor half empty, it’s twice as big as it needs to be,” then left him standing in silence. Not only does existentialism beat corporate buzz-phrases, but it gives unique outlooks on life. Plus it’s fun to throw at classically trained middle-management.

Now let me explain something, people. It’s not a tricky concept, but one most people seem to struggle to grasp. Do not believe everything you read in the press. Erm, except this. This is fine.

The press reported that a meeting took place involving the heads of all the major banks in the UK with some of the economic dudes in the government. This did actually happen. The press also reported that the banking group I work for asked the government for some ‘bail out’ money to help the company maintain stability and functionality in these times of economic crisis. This did not happen. But because the press reported it, share prices for my said employer crashed today to an all time low for the last two decades. This has nothing to do with the solvency of the company, or the relative worth of its shares whatsoever, it’s simple rumour-mongering and a lack of public confidence caused by it. The staff of said company are well aware that our stability and value, as well as general worth is absolutely fine, to the point that many members of staff have, today, bought thousands of pounds worth of group shares each because when they go back up to the normal average price in a few weeks we all stand to double our money. Thanks, media.

Not all, by any means, but a damn lot of the problems with the economy and the general state of the nation at the moment are compounded and exacerbated by the press. It’s all well and good saying you have a right to free speech, and you have a duty to report the true nature of things. And I don’t disagree on those points. However, you’re making the damn problems worse. Almost out and out lying, blowing things out of all reasonable proportions, and spreading fear among the general populace are not good ways to help the country pull itself out of the current slump. Have some damn ethics and stop making things worse for the sake of a good story and an eye-catching headline. Yes, I do realise asking that is like asking a lion not to chase gazelles, but still. One can hope.

I was going to write some more, but I’ve got some spices to collect.


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