Category Archives: bureaucracy

Dilbert: Health is the war of the state-corporate nexus? #panopticon

Another awesome Dilbert cartoon “War is the Health of the State” said Randolph Bourne, talking about how war and preparations for war strengthen the state (it can impose more taxes, create more secrecy, lock up people it doesn’t like on … Continue reading

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Book I gotta read – “The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization”

From Oxford University Press, by Mats Alvesson Provocative book of institutional and cultural critique Offers a critique of materialism, consumerism, and branding Debunks inflated rhetoric and narcissism of contemporary world Employs a wealth of wide-ranging empirical examples In this book, … Continue reading

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omfg- “A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations”

I haven’t read all of this yet, but omfg… Abstract below, with my translations into English in [square brackets]. Journal of Management Studies 49:7 November 2012 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01072.x A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations joms_1072 1194..1220 Mats Alvesson and André Spicer … Continue reading

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“Public Spaces Protection Orders” – really? Uh-huh, really…

From scriptonitedaily… Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), and new Dispersal Orders will replace Designated Public Space Orders, Dog Control Orders, Gating Orders and a host of other orders intended to keep aggressive drunken people, or drug dealers or dog poo … Continue reading

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Problem-solving chart #sublime

From Facebook, naturally Still digesting a lovely weekend with Johnnie Moore and Viv McWaters. “More to follow,” as they say in the papers…

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“Trust us… we know what we are doing.”

Hilarious scenes on Tuesday. Some bureaucrats basically tried to spin failure (and quite large and unambiguous failure) as success. Nothing personally corrupt, it’s just How Bureaucrats Are. The politicians- with a little help it’s true – spotted what was going … Continue reading

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Two NSA recruiters crash and burn

So a couple of experienced NSA employees went to the University of Wisconsin (a hot-bed of radicalism, from this guy to these guys). It was post-Snowden, and they didn’t bring their A-game. It went very very badly right…. Read an … Continue reading

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“Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences” #Iwantthissobadithurts

Regular readers of Dwight Towers will no doubt be sniggering that he would want help with the writing badly thing.  To which I can but say… up yours!!! This looks awesome – Hat-tip to Hannah!!

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Repost: “Positive Control” by John Robb

Positive Control When something is very dangerous, like nuclear weapons, standard forms of protections and control methodologies aren’t sufficient. Something that potentially dangerous needs something more aggressive. In the military, that’s called positive control. Positive control is an active form … Continue reading

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Bureaucrats, politicians and (r)emote control

There is overlap, but as a rule of thumb; Bureaucrats/bureaucracies try to shut you down/up intellectually. They withhold information, give you too much of the stuff at the wrong time, or too much with not enough time to process it. … Continue reading

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