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July 7, 2018

Schadenfreude and the Current #Uber Shitshow

So there I am, having early morning coffee, and on comes a new Uber TV commercial. (The link is from May and there's been some head-rolling since then) They're funny. And sad. "We have to be better citizens." We have to do things better" "We're re-inventing ourselves." Yeah. Sure you are. Like Wells Fargo said they were doing. Then had to say it again when more crap hit the fan. Right? Waving the bullshit flag. This bad juju and stepping on your air hose at Uber just keeps going and going. It comes down to computer geeks who read a copy of Fortune and let it go to  their head. They let a company get too big, too fast, try to do too many things at once, not perfecting "first things first," and not do that old standby, "keeping the main thing, the main thing." Okay, cliche' time is over. Did you figure out that tech weenies might not be leaders? Did you finally make the connection between people with anger control issues and negative perception of the people in charge? Will the self-driving car sexually assault people too? Realizing you need to know who's behind the wheel was a hard lesson, eh? Seems that should have been the easy one. It's the typical, American, in a hurry "let's implement number three before we have one and two figured out." It doesn't work. It never works. Well, unless you're Jeff Bezos, but that's a different animal entirely. So I'm at least getting some amusement out of all this. Schadenfreude- deriving pleasure from someone else's misfortune. Yep, that about sums it up.

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