March 18, 2005
News & Opinion: Awlful lot of BS floating around
There seems to be alot of people talking about bullshit and business-speak. There are three books all taking on the topic.
The first is Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: The Bullfighter's Guide by Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway, and Jon Warshawsky. We have talked with these folks and think they have a great message. Check out Fight The Bull. You will find all sorts of goodies there including a blog and Fight The Bull Films. We are going to have them by real soon to talk about the book.
The second book is House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. This book has McKinsey (and all the other big consulting firms) square in its sites. I am going to take a look and let you know what I think. They also have a video short to promote the book. It's worth watching.
The final book won't be out until August, but it's title is Your Call Is Important to Us : The Truth About Bullshit. Here is a summary:
Taking no prisoners, author Laura Penny dissectsno, disembowelsthe culture of globalized, supersized, consumerized b.s. Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the corporate bafflegab; scripted, question-proof political events; toxic faux foodstuffs;and miracle pills that clutter our lives.She spares no one and nothing, from the service industry to the pharmaceutical complex to Bushs White House. Finally,with devastating precision,she demonstrates how our all-you-can-eat buffet of phoninessnot only alienates us from each other, but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and just plain makes us stupid.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.