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What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine
"Culture is about power dynamics, unspoken priorities and beliefs, mythologies, conflicts, enforcement of social norms, creation of in/out groups and distribution of wealth and control inside companies. Culture is usually ugly. It is as much about the inevitable brokenness and dysfunction of teams as it is about their accomplishments. Culture is exceedingly difficult to talk about honestly. The critique of startup culture that came in large part from the agile movement has been replaced by sanitized, pompous, dishonest slogans."
culture  business  management  power  startup  cliche 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools
"It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them. One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools."
fiction  perception  groups  societies  authority  trust  literature  cliche  intelligence  groupthink  bureaucracy  infrastructure 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Nineteenth Century Philosophy: Revolutionary Responses to the Existing Order // Reviews // Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Let me put the point this way. There are two kinds of philosophical historians: derivative and original. While the derivative follow the standard curriculum, the original have the powers to reform and create a new curriculum. It is the ideal and obligation of every genuine philosophical historian to be original, to get beyond the standard curriculum, to resist the pressure of pedagogical interests and intellectual fashions, so that he can give an accurate account of the depth and breadth of an historical period. No period of the philosophical past stands in more need of an original historian than nineteenth century philosophy. The standard tropes and figures do no justice to its depths, riches and powers. The ultimate purpose of this review is to give the reader some indication of how we must strive to get beyond them."
philosophy  history  19c  curriculm  standard  cliche 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Why Last Chapters Disappoint - Essay -
"But in the end, most authors have themselves to blame. Having immersed themselves in a subject, almost all succumb to the hubristic idea that they can find new and unique ideas for solving intractable problems. They rarely do, and even works that do usher in specific reforms or broad social transformations — from “The Jungle” to “The Feminine Mystique” — do so by raising awareness about an issue, not by providing ready-to-go blueprints.

Yet solutions seem to be what our national temper demands. “It is one of the peculiar intellectual accompaniments of democracy that the concept of the insoluble becomes unfashionable — nay, almost infamous,” Mencken wrote in “Notes on Democracy” (1926).."
books  review  problems  social  solutions  cliche  publishing  hubris 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The new political group No Labels shows why labels exist. - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
"Everything you need to know about the new political group No Labels is contained in its slogan: "Not Left. Not Right. Forward." It's smug. It sounds like an Obama campaign catchphrase. And it ignores the whole reason politics exists, which is that not everyone agrees on what "Forward" is. "
politics  bipartisanship  cliche  conflict  agreement 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Obama Should Act Like He Won -
Centrism is a chump's game. Democrats have massive majorities these days not because they waffle hither and yon but because their historic principles have been vindicated by events. This is their moment. Let the other side do the triangulating.
politics  obama  centrism  bipartisanship  slogans  rhetoric  cliche  triangulation 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » Lipstick on a Financial Collapse
That’s an epic fail on the Sesame Street “one of these things is not like the other” exercise. That’s how we got into much of the mess we’re in right this very moment, on so many levels. This is the consequence of this sense that all government is equally and indifferently corrupt and non-functional, that none of what states do for good or ill turns on the competency or morality of any particular political leadership but is instead a generic and invariant result of the nature of bureaucratic states. That a report of corruption or administrative incompetence is like a report of the weather or the tides, an expected and everyday event with its own cycles.
politics  corruption  conservative  ideology  cliche  bailout 
september 2008 by tsuomela

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