Friday, January 11, 2008

9 things I learned about the world according to anonymous stock photo models.

While almost all of Maddox' articles are noteworthy, this particular one, being almost classic, is of the best, mainly because of this picture which on first glance appears seemingly innocent.

However, it's not simply pictures which make this article a pristine compendium of wit and writing. Using powerful tongue-in-cheek methods, Maddox does an excellent job on showing the world how much of an asshole corporations are when they try to propagate ideas such as 'diversity'.

When a corporation claims to be diverse, what they really mean is that they hire black people, asians, and a latino every now and then. There is no image more meticulously engineered in this world than that of a corporation's statement on "diversity." For example, the energy company Entergy states on its website that the cornerstone of their corporate culture is:

"respect ... for every individual regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or any other cultural factor. "Tolerance" is insufficient in this organization that values differences..."

Entergy should be commended for having the courage to go beyond simply "tolerating" different races by treating them with respect, because it is assumed that other races are not treated with respect unless a corporation explicitly states that they do on their website. The world needs more companies willing to follow Entergy's bold leadership by doing more than just tolerating other races.

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