Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chief Stupidity Officer.

I got an email the other day--you know, one of those pregnant missives from corporate--reminding me and every other employee of Monolith Advertising Holding Co., to either not do or to do some certain sort of behavior. Naturally I paid no attention whatsoever to the "content" of the note, but I did observe that the sender's title was Chief Risk Officer. How small is your penis if you need to be compensated by such a title?

The trend I'm remarking on is the proliferation of banal titles. Chief titles. Chief Integration Officer. Chief Strategy Officer. Chief Compliance Officer. Chief Facilities Officer. Chief Digital Officer. Chief Digital Strategy Officer. Chief Client Operations Officer. Chief Creative Officer.

What does an officer do anyway? He offices? He officiates? He's officious? (Sorry for the gender specificity but the dumber the title the more likely it is to be filled by a schlong-challenged man.)

There's a point here, I think, and it's about the demise of the original intention of advertising.We are no longer in the creativity business. We are in the managtivity business. People, ideas, relationships, spontaneity, spark, insouciance are controlled by faceless Chief Squash Your Spirit Officers.

7 comments:

T said...

the chief risk officer is also another sign of the lawyers moving in everywhere taking over every corner. Before we were supposed to behave decently, not steal and lie. Keep our promises etc. Without special signatures. There are laws out there. Laws you must adhere to whether you've signed a paper or not, whether you've gone through training on equality or not. Still, more and more workplaces today seem to think they must cover their asses by having each and everyone trained and signed off. Is that just a way to try and avoid any responsibility in case an employee feels obliged to follow orders that may in fact be illegal?
the pressure from above is though to resist. We've seen that in some infamous cases over the last few years. Cases where there are obviously more people guilty than the verdicts seem to suggest.

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