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#251 — Corporate Cowardice

Making Sense with Sam Harris

26 May 2021

39mins

Owltail Summaries

1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

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#251 — Corporate Cowardice

26 May 2021

39mins

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Quote

"Company culture is what goes without saying, not what's being stated."

Ideas

1

Art shouldn't always service a political purpose.
Art itself should be able to exist just for the sake of art, not in service to any moral or political line. In fact, if anything, it should reflexively undermine current politics.

The problem is that, everyone is judging any piece of work that you do, as taking a certain moral or political stance, that whatever piece of work you're doing is advocating for something, whilst in reality, much of these interpretations are taken out of context.

1

Art shouldn't always service a political purpose.
Art itself should be able to exist just for the sake of art, not in service to any moral or political line. In fact, if anything, it should reflexively undermine current politics.

The problem is that, everyone is judging any piece of work that you do, as taking a certain moral or political stance, that whatever piece of work you're doing is advocating for something, whilst in reality, much of these interpretations are taken out of context.

2

One of the current issues with corporate America is those that are bringing in personal & political views to work.
This is bringing about the same issues that platforms such as Twitter has with people arguing and cancelling others from different views, into the corporate workforce.

Companies either have to take a stand and risk both internal and external pushback with serious costs, or continue letting those with the loudest voice inside of companies speak.

2

One of the current issues with corporate America is those that are bringing in personal & political views to work.
This is bringing about the same issues that platforms such as Twitter has with people arguing and cancelling others from different views, into the corporate workforce.

Companies either have to take a stand and risk both internal and external pushback with serious costs, or continue letting those with the loudest voice inside of companies speak.

3

In some cases, it becomes rational to self-censor and keep quiet on certain topics, even if you disagree.
More and more so, the consequences of speaking up are so severe, less and less people are willing to speak up.

And when even when you disagree but aren't willing to speak up, it becomes incredibly hard for there to be the required public discourse to move forward as a society.

3

In some cases, it becomes rational to self-censor and keep quiet on certain topics, even if you disagree.
More and more so, the consequences of speaking up are so severe, less and less people are willing to speak up.

And when even when you disagree but aren't willing to speak up, it becomes incredibly hard for there to be the required public discourse to move forward as a society.

Questions

1

Can you think of a topic where it's become more rational to self censor than it is to speak up?

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Can you think of a topic where it's become more rational to self censor than it is to speak up?

What else is in the episode

1

How Antonio got cancelled and fired from Apple because of an internal petition.

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How Antonio got cancelled and fired from Apple because of an internal petition.

2

How societal level cognitive dissonance is actually hard to stop

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How societal level cognitive dissonance is actually hard to stop

3

How companies executives aren't willing to speak up in the face of backlash

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How companies executives aren't willing to speak up in the face of backlash

Who is Antonio García-Martínez?

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who was recently fired from Apple and a former product manager for Facebook. He was the CEO & founder of AdGrok, a keyword bidding company acquired by Twitter. He's also the author of 'Chaos Monkey: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley'.

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who was recently fired from Apple and a former product manager for Facebook. He was the CEO & founder of AdGrok, a keyword bidding company acquired by Twitter. He's also the author of 'Chaos Monkey: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley'.

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