Last week there was a piece in the NYT about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and how Amazon treats employees. It was so aggressive (for lack of a better word) that Bezos actually responded in public, which he never does. And now here's yet another NYT piece by some other know-it-all, about Amazon. Granted, this one is an op-ed piece.
A previous generation of Americans could count on a social compact; if you stuck loyally by a company, it would stick by you, providing you with a good job and a decent retirement. Long ago, loyalty fell by the wayside, and longtime employees learned that their loyalty meant nothing when companies “downsized.”
He failed to mention that it was only one previous generation that could count on "social impact." Generations prior to that lived and worked under the most horrible conditions imaginable, and in ways no one would ever work today. If you can manage to sift through this piece, you'll find more things that could be questioned.
Then there's this:
Of course, Bezos didn’t have to build Amazon the way he did. He could have created a culture that valued employees and treated them well. But that would have required him to care about what somebody else thought. Fat chance.
I guess this guy has some kind of inside information the rest of us don't know about. And he knows how to get inside Jeff Bezos' head. All that aside, this piece is exactly why I NEVER read the NYT anymore.
You can read the rest here. But you've been warned. There's this annoying bot voice that starts talking the minute the page opens and you can't figure out where the hell it's coming from, which only makes the NYT even more annoying than usual.
Fifty Shades of Dick
The dick part of this has nothing to do with the NYT. That was an accident. I'm not referring to anyone at the NYT as "a dick" because that wouldn't be PC.
In any event, here's a humorous piece from Jezebel about male full frontal nudity in films that I somehow managed to miss.
The sad news that Fifty Shades of Grey will not feature any full-frontal has left many of us devastated. Fear not, however! Jezebel is here to pick up the rubble and distract you with the 50 best (theme, you see?) peens you can see on-screen. Trust us, these pictures will make your mood rise.
Some of the photos are NSFW, and so tread with care. However, I think you'll be looking to rent a film called American Reunion fairly soon after seeing that one photo.
Here's the link.
Dick: The Documentary
I really hate to keep talking about dick with part of this post being about a NYT op-ed piece, but this one looked interesting, too.
Whether positive or negative, women's body parts receive a lot of attention in the cultural conversation. Recently, 100 women stripped down to talk about their boobs. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj focuses on the buns, hun. And, while some women struggle to accept their thighs, others turn to the labia library to confirm that, regardless of what porn depicts, their own lady parts are very, very normal. Men's body parts, on the other hand, go relatively undiscussed — at least in any thoughtful manner. And then, lo and behold, along comes a documentary dedicated to that misunderstood member of our society: the penis. Dick: The Documentary is out today online, and the plot is simple: 63 naked men share their innermost thoughts about their dicks. And, many of them may surprise you.
I will be watching Dick: The Documentary and commenting on it in the future.
You can check that out here.
I've been posting about this for years. There really aren't many thoughtful discussions about the penis, or male full frontal nudity in films and TV anywhere. There are a lot of funny tweets. I tweeted some of them myself. But not much legitimate discussion.
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