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that a product did not need to function, because the marketing and sales teams could make good the difference.  

So the people who actually know how to make things work were nearly superfluous, and certainly were not well paid.  

The long-term consequences of this sort of thinking are fairly obvious.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Mon Aug 6th, 2007 at 10:34:19 PM EST
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This is absolutely symbolic of a faith-based economy. If you can 'market' - i.e. spin - tap water to make it vastly more expensive, you have a perfect case study of how so much of the economy is now based on hucksterism and risible bullshit.

The parallels between business marketing and the famous neocon 'We create reality' speech are not coincidental.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 7th, 2007 at 12:18:50 PM EST
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According to the "theory of the leisure class," the folks who create havoc in the course of "earning" their daily bread have far higher status than folks who solve difficult problems.  The quote from 1921.  "The industrial system is handicapped by dissension, misdirection, and unemployment of material resources, equipment, and man power, at every turn where the statesmen or the captains of finance can touch its mechanisms."

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Wed Aug 8th, 2007 at 12:18:58 AM EST
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