We scream about the lack of honesty in public discourse -- the dreadful language of obfuscation that politicians use, the awful words-without-meaning of corporate America.
But as soon as someone dares to say something without measuring it five ways, we jump down his throat.
Take the case of the poor PR guy from Ketchum. He was Twitter-ing from Memphis where he had attended a meeting with client FedEx. He had the poor judgment to Twitter the truth and say, ‘I would die if I had to live here.’ Ironically, he was there to talk to their corporate communications people about social media.
Well, some small-minded ferrets at FedEx discovered his tweet and jumped all over him with typical mealy-mouthed corporate bullshit...
"...these are your comments about Memphis ...the global headquarters city of one of your key and lucrative clients, and the home of arguably one of the most important entrepreneurs in the history of business, FedEx founder Fred Smith."Oh my god, not the hallowed ground of the great god Fred! ...the most important entrepreneur in the history of business! (Someone please get me a sickness bag.)
Yeah, so what? It's still a fucking stink hole.
Actually, I've never been to Memphis. For all I know it may be heaven on earth. Doesn't matter. If this guy thinks it stinks, he's entitled to say so.
Poor guy had to make up some bullshit excuse and apologize to these bullies.
Our government can't keep us from saying what we want to say, but corporate imbeciles can.
On The Other Hand...
Any moron who Twitters deserves what he gets.