Weekly Rochester Events #292: What's an Editor to Do?
Thursday, August 12, 2004Oh boy ... busy busy busy. I spent this past weekend in Connecticut meeting a woman I met on the Internet. I assume people will want to ask the following questions:
Har har ... really, though I guess things are going well, but the we're still in the process of trying to figure out what kind of relationship we're going to have, if any. It seems rather sterile to talk about, but much more messy and rewarding to actually do it.
Of course, now that I'm actually blogging (ergo by putting up personal information about my daily life) I should mention again that this page isn't a blog. I note it especially because this site was mentioned in a Democrat and Chronicle article about a site run by Jason Wilder, a guy in Ogden, that is an MP3 blog. It's called Mystery and Misery and I think it would be described better as a post-magazine-era music review site. Whereas a traditional magazine would be published on a specific schedule, Wilder adds articles ad hoc on an ongoing basis; plus he offers samples of music from the bands he reviews due to the linkable nature of the web.
Speaking of the single corporate newspaper we have in town, I've also been pondering what makes corporations go bad. (And, just now, thinking about how great a "reality" TV show that would be.) I started from a point of liking some companies and not liking others — based on how they behave in the world. I couldn't bring myself to condemn all corporations because many of them provide valuable services (or at least useful or wanted services) to mankind. However, even ones that provide a useful service do so in such a way that the overall value of their existence can be called into question.
I needed some other benchmark upon which to decide. Mind you, it won't be long before the movie The Corporation will be showing at The Little (240 East Ave.) in which the filmmakers attempt to psychoanalyze a corporation and ultimately conclude — if I remember correctly — that its behavior is psychopathic. In one way, the problem is that a corporation has no soul, feelings, empathy, or morality built into it. In theory, any company would gain those things from the people who are employed by it, but in practice it seems that people are willing to allow instructions from their boss to override their own better judgment.
I believe the problem is simply that it is very easy for a corporation to become "evil" if it has no human leader. In publicly-held companies, there is no human leader but board of directors who are charged with the task of doing whatever is best for the stockholders. Unfortunately, the desires of the stockholders are easy to oversimplify — it is easy to say that the only thing stockholders want is for the value of their stock to increase — and I think it's through this trap that corporations turn evil.
I haven't really thought much about a solution except that I'd like to see the legal power of a corporation reduced or eliminated. If there is a person or group of people who both have the power to influence change within a company and who take responsibility for the actions of the company, only then should a company be granted preferential treatment in the eyes of the law.
However, this theory isn't done baking yet, so I'll have to wait to see if I can come up with a way to more accurately explain exactly what "evil" behavior is and then to determine what causes it.
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About the title ... According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Third Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992) the word "editor" appeared 292 years ago in 1712 but it wasn't until 1793 that the word "edit" first appeared.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, August 12, 2004 thru Wednesday, August 18, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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