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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Life During Walmart

A recent story in the NYT states:

Brian Pickrell, a blogger, recently posted a note on his Web site attacking state legislation that would force Wal-Mart Stores to spend more on employee health insurance. "All across the country, newspaper editorial boards — no great friends of business — are ripping the bills," he wrote.

It was the kind of pro-Wal-Mart comment the giant retailer might write itself. And, in fact, it did.

Now you are saying, if Intel has blog ambassadors like Josh and Annie and Brandon and Danese, how far are they from Walmart? Why is Paul's blog behind the firewall? Isn't the MAN controlling the pipe? Well, in this case I'm pretty happy to say they are not. At least not overtly. Let fear and paranoia do that. People want to keep their jobs. So they say nothing about the stuff they are working on. When asked about stuff happening behind closed doors in Ronler Acres they insist that it doesn't exist - at least until it HAS to exist. The Intel culture of secrecy is self controlling. But how well does this work in the new world? What are the consequences? What are the missed opportunities?

I've got some groceries, some peanut butter - to last a couple of days.


At March 08, 2006 12:32 PM, Blogger sactoheath said...

i'm so glad i'm a blog ambassador that neither lives near a walmart, nor works in oregon ;-)

however, i agree with you about the behind the firewall thing...many precedents about external blogging, and from what i understand, it's being "looked at".


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