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Wednesday 13 May 2015

GSElevator, #FHITP, Culture Change

#1: If someone asks you a question and you don't know the answer, belittle them. It's better to be an asshole than stupid.
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Look at the number of likes and retweets.  Clearly, this message struck a chord, didn't it?  

I received a very similar bit of advice once from a very wealthy, influential individual who regularly belittles or plain ignores the people who answer to him (and theoretically, he is supposed to lead).

Politics is all about this - you don't answer questions, you shout down or mock your opponents.

Keep all that in mind when you think about #FHITP.

Women with microphones are in positions of power.  Denigrating them and doing so en-masse isn't about being funny, it's about trying to change the power dynamic.  Rampant police carding is also a way of asserting power. 

Winning is about competition, which is about beating foes - not about being right, not about landing on the best solution, just winning.

Being seen to be the winner matters, too, because what's the point if you aren't recognized?

It's true that you can't please everyone, but those in positions of power are picking their battles, intentionally marginalizing some for personal/group gain.

Until we address that, none of our social problems - marginalization, poverty, etc. - will never change.

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