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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. John Cage

Why such a long face?

Seriously, this is getting out of hand. I received my daily newsletter from a local publication of current stories and this is verbatim what it said in a section of their email. I did not strip anything out in between each story:

[Jeff Flake opposes bailout for U.S. automakers]
[California, Arizona take different approaches to fix mortgage mess]
[Van Velsor Wolf to chair American Cancer Society board]
[U.S. employment levels continue to drop]
[Lower mortgage rates fuel increase in applications]
[US Airways November traffic declines]
[Nation’s service sector shows November decline]

Is it any wonder people and businesses are freaking out right now?

I am not knocking the Business Journal because I feel they do a pretty good job. This has nothing to do with a particular publication. They all do it. It’s on the news, radio, newspaper, magazine, blogs, tweets, et al. You literally cannot get away from it. Being informed is one thing, but being inundated in completely different. If you want to feel better about where things are headed start by turning off the tv, close your email, listen to music, not radio and god forbid have a pleasant conversation with someone face to face.

Now, where is the marketing slant in this?

There isn’t! Turn your thoughts towards innovation and progress. Many great businesses are going to thrive in the coming years and those who turn away from this toxic thinking are certainly going to be the leaders. Market conditions aside, you cannot embrace progress when you are only diving deeper and deeper into the propaganda we call the “media”.

December 3, 2008
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