Comments: Thought for the year ahead

I am thoroughly enjoying the bullshit generators. String them together and ideal for many of the managers I have known as well as for politicians. Come to think of it, there are a couple of new age naifs at work who will lap this up.

Posted by delcatto on 4 January, 2017 at 12:28 PM

"Eternal stillness is entangled in karmic brightness"

Posted by delcatto on 4 January, 2017 at 12:31 PM

I know I've told this story on here before, but couldn't resist repeating it in the light of your first comment (and recent developments to it) delcatto.

At the end of my professional training in the late 80s, graduates of each of the training courses around the country had a conference.

Each group had to provide a presentation to enlighten the others on new directions in the profession that they'd noticed while out on placements.

A couple of us had been working in services that thought they were cutting edge, but this just seemed to involve a lot of 'new' empty phrases being used at team meetings. We'd often joked about this when together on the teaching days at the university.

At the time, the idea of buzzword/bullshit bingo was quite a recent one just coming out of the business world (and I had a friend in the pharmaceutical business who introduced me to it).

I came up with the idea of our group's presentation being a 'mock' team meeting, with discussion around the then current hot topics.

The meeting's participants all had badges, with titles in large letters. "Principal X", "Senior X", "Consultant X", but a couple of us had ones that said "Trainee X".

The senior people had earnest discussions, including lots of buzzwords. The two of us acting as 'Trainees' sat apparently taking notes and nodding as if we agreed with everything that was being said.

After about 5 minutes, I jumped in the air, shouting "BINGO!" and waving my grid square of ticked-off bullshit words/phrases.

Cue huge laughter from most of the trainees from most of the courses, and incredulity at our 'cheek' from the course leaders and fieldwork practice supervisors.

A few months ago I saw a professional colleague I hadn't seen in person for perhaps 20 years. We reminisced about the 'good old days'. He recalled the infamous trainee conference (he'd been on one of the other courses) and our group's presentation. "You certainly made a few people think that day, and that's never a bad thing!" he said.

Posted by Blue Witch on 4 January, 2017 at 1:17 PM

I really enjoyed that article - thank you!

I hadn't previously thought about "bullshit [being] much harder to detect when we want to agree with it," but it's very true. I shall watch out for myself nodding in uncritical agreement.

Posted by Lois (three-legged-cat) on 5 January, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Nice to hear from you Lois; hope things are going well for you.

Posted by Blue Witch on 5 January, 2017 at 7:09 PM