What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Driven by fear

People are more likely to give up their liberties when they're afraid. If 9/11 hadn't happened the "Patriot Act" wouldn't have flown. When people are afraid they give up liberties and rights they wouldn't otherwise relinquish.

When you work for a large corporation, like Media General, the fear is that you could lose your job, or your benefits or your security. So people shut up, put up and ignore blatant violations of their civil and personal rights. The more fear a corporation can invoke, the more power it gains.

On many plantations - slaves outnumbered their owners - yet they didn't (for the most part) stand up for what they knew was right - their freedom. In most of the Nazi camps in Germany during WWII - the Jews far outnumbered the Nazis - and even with guns - they could have organized and overcome their captors. Yes - many would have died - but not as many who were gassed in the ovens. People let fear - their imagined thoughts of what MIGHT happen, what COULD happen - rule them.

I'm not. I don't care about working for Media General or any of the other media outlets in this country. I'm an excellent writer and have more freelance book and copywriting assignments than I can handle right now. And I don't have to deal with dim-wits and buffoons. There are always jobs. There are other ways to make a living and you will be much happier than when you're slaving away for a corporation who devalues you.

Fear is insidious. What is the worst that can happen? So what? None of us are guaranteed anything in life and to live a life controlled by fear is not a life worth living. If you're working for bad management - speak up. Blog. Tell your friends. Boycott their products. Insist on being treated with respect. It's your civil right.

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