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Eureka: The workplace, the media and France
by Joseph Gatt
2018-02-11 13:09:29
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An article in question and answer format.

Question: is the workplace synonymous with a lifetime of misery?

workfranc01_400You need to understand that there are essentially four types of workers. You have those who are career and progression oriented. They value career progression above all else and “destroy” anything that prevents them from moving forward in their career. Then you have those I call the “protestors” that is those who constantly complain about working conditions. Third category is what I call the sex, drugs and rock n' roll category, to them work is merely a means to pay for their nights out. Finally you have those who want to quietly get their work done.

Question: so why are job satisfaction rates low in some countries?

People who value career progression above all else tend to “destroy” anyone who makes them look bad. It could be a subordinate who is not competent or someone brilliant who may get ahead of them in career progression. Those who like to protest are unapologetic when they complain about work conditions. The sex, drugs and rock n' roll crowd tends to dislike effort and will complain about any task that worsens their hangovers. Finally, those who like to work quietly tend to be preys for bullies who see them as a threat to their working lifestyle.

Question: So how do you improve conditions at the workplace

What you need to know is take any employee and they will usually fit into one of the categories stated above. Psychological tests do very little to predict the general attitude at the workplace. So for optimal workplace atmosphere, you need a workplace that is as open as possible, because if you keep sweeping problems under the carpet your company won't last very long. A general atmosphere of openness usually guarantees that employees will stay as long as they are accepted for their quirks and perks.

Question: What is the future of the media?

To know where the future of the media lies you need to know its past. You had the Internet 1.0 where articles were displayed in websites. You had the Internet 2.0 where the media was displayed on the internet with open comments sections. You had the Internet 3.0 where people could produce and/or share media on their avatars so you had mutltiple layers of media display with mutltiple layers of content and comments. Now you have the Internet 4.0 where there is a media reliability crisis, that is people no longer trust the media.

Question: Why don't people trust the media?

For one thing the media failed to predict or even hint at the possibility of President Trump being elected president. That was a huge blow to the media. In the French election the media had no idea who had the best chances to be president. A lot of media content was also, some would say, prepostorous, counter-intuitive and lacked common sense. The big names in media are also often putting less effort into quality content and editing and a lot of people feel like they are being kept in the dark, rather than enlightened by the media.

Question: Now to France. A lot of media reports insist on lower racist incidents in France. Any thoughts on that?

Unfortunately racism in France is rarely in aggressive form. It's usually in passive-aggressive form. France blends a strange mixture of nationalism and Marxism in its general way of life. A good man is French, with a Catholic name and background. Regarding Marxism if anything globalization did not meet French values very well. The French tend to like a mixture of art and intellect, that is they like their products to have a lot of art in them and to make you smater. Globalization meant the arrival of companies, products and people who did not have the same regard for art and culture or intellect. Of course the globalization model where sales, money and stock markets dominated the landscape was shocking to a lot of French people, as money is a bit taboo in France. But the new generation of French consumers kind of got used to this new model, all though older generations still have not digested the model. Again, racism and anti-Semitism in France tend to be passive-aggressive, not aggressive.  The stereotype goes as Jews have the intellect but not the art and Muslims have the art but not the intellect. I insist these are stereotypes.

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