Tuesday, November 16, 2010

News from the corporate world #3: Doubleplusungood

While it can often be difficult to be certain with these things, I'm pretty sure that there actually is a real, not parody, corporate "inspirational" speaker whose website is located at www.goodthink.com. I'm not even kidding.

10 comments:

Jack Crow said...

I think he's real,or at least really an actor:

http://listing-index.ebay.com/actors/Patrick_Combs.html

David said...

Part of me wants believe that site is satire, another part knows it's not and recoils in fear.

Randal Graves said...

Goodthink won't load. Now how in the hell am I supposed to shift paradigms?

miguel said...

What's so hard to believe about this guy? This shit's been around since the 80s. Is that what it is? That it seems retro? I used to work in a bank and they brought dudes like this in for the managers. And they'd eat this shit right up. I was too low on the food chain to attend, but these gatherings sounded like revival meetings.

This dude's Manifesto is a fairly neat summary of the mumbo jumbo believed by the managing classes these days, especially all the new age hocus pocus. The tendency toward this crap among folks who consider themselves too smart, modern and classy for Christianity is rather large. When people think about the religious trends in America, the tend to think of the trend toward evangelical Christianity. But this new age shit is very big too. My family is just full of it. The thing that irritates me the most about it is how dogmatically anti-rational it is and also its resistance to anything 'negative. Critical thinking is to be scoffed at in this realm, especially if it makes you feel bad. I believe it has a very negative influence on politics and culture.

Ethan said...

miguel, a big "yup" to your whole post, but especially to The tendency toward this crap among folks who consider themselves too smart, modern and classy for Christianity is rather large. I will say that I have a fondness for irrational, mystical thinking, but not at the expense of other forms.

As far as what's so hard to believe, it's not so much anything about him as the URL he chose, apparently unironically. My comment about it being hard to tell if it's real or a parody was simply to say a) considering the URL, I sure hope it's a parody (as David says), and b) these people are so ludicrous to begin with that it's hard to imagine what a parody could do to push it farther.

Randal, you're lucky.

Jack, weird!!! I'm actually not sure what to make of the "junk check" incident. Up until the part where he gives the money back it seemed like he was en route to becoming my hero.

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

miguel says:

The tendency toward this crap among folks who consider themselves too smart, modern and classy for Christianity is rather large.

Ayup.

Not only are they too "grown-up" for Xtianity, they are "post-religion" and make serious efforts to denigrate religion as a whole, as a category. Meanwhile, they have their own religion, though it's not formally recognized as such with a widely-acknowledged church, synagogue or temple. Their religion uses different symbols and the church, it is City Hall, it is the Hoover FBI building, it is the White House.

Jack Crow said...

Yeah, Ethan - I was rooting for him all along, in the story.

Until he caved.

miguel said...

Their religion uses different symbols and the church, it is City Hall, it is the Hoover FBI building, it is the White House.

This remark put me in mind of this from Mark Morford a columnist who odiously embodies the worst of these tendencies.

Is Obama an enlightened being?

¯\(°_0)/¯ said...

http://www.goodthink.com/store/stuff.cfm?stuff_id=25

miguel said...

¯\(°_0)/¯

That is too funny. It really does seem like a put-on. How can there be satire in a world like this?