I had a public spat with someone last week. Not public like it should be, two people discussing something in front of an audience. But public how things are today.
We argued in a LinkedIn Feed.
I don't really know the guy. I couldn't pick him out of a lineup. But on reflection, I remembered him from my waning days at Ogilvy when I was working on a pitch we didn't win from some Johnson & Johnson business. He was WPP's liaison to that client and apparently knew things about winning the business that no one else knew.
Management listened to him.
Last week, he posted this.
I do have something against lying in public and with impunity. It angers me. I think of it as a form of the highest of sins: bullying.
Unfortunately, I know most of the agencies that were merged to make today's Mullen Lowe. My billings data is old--it's from 1992, and it's US-only. But you get the idea.
I suppose I am emotional about this. Because advertising was an industry I loved. That has been destroyed because the holding companies (Teddy Roosevelt used the term 'malefactors of great wealth) have treated the industry as an extractive one.
I'd be even happier, if we could discuss this long article from The New York Times, which chronicles the demise of a small-town newspaper after its takeover by venture capital. To me, the similarities are plangent.