Thursday, October 14, 2010

QotD: When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry.


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Great quote from Clay Shirky (on the newspaper industry) from 2008.03.17

Complete quote is:
When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry. Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse. This shunting aside of the realists in favor of the fabulists has different effects on different industries at different times. One of the effects on the newspapers is that many of their most passionate defenders are unable, even now, to plan for a world in which the industry they knew is visibly going away (Shirky Blog) [emphasis added]

1 comment:

arhutch said...

Does anyone else in SIL subscribe to your blog? I think the Shirky quote is on target but of course, you're preaching to the choir with me.

Someone else needs to see and understand it.