What happened?

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands up on the wheel.

We’er going to the roadhouse we’re going to have a real….good time.

Does anyone else not give a crap about the summer olympics? What was that abortion of an opening ceremony about, and how did it have anything to do with the olympic games and the world wide competition of everything sports? These observations not withstanding, trying to watch the olympics on NBC is as futile an exercise as trying to perform an appendectomy on yourself. Nothing is live on NBC. What’s the point? Ellen and Rachel Ray trump the olympics?

This semi rant kind of brings me to the point of this post. What the hell happened to industry in this country?

In a time when we live with instantaneous access to information at our fingertips how in the hell do corporations not know whom their customers are and what they want? Lets look at some things that have failed or are currently circling the drain.

Newspapers. That whole internet fad, came back to bite them in the ass didn’t it? Who actually buys a newspaper that is below the age of seventy five years old? The writing and reporting in newspapers has always sucked balls with a bias slant this way or that way. The issue was it was ok to have shit writing and reporting where else were you going to go? We were stuck. That is until the internet. Now I can read a newspaper or magazine from any city in the world and if the content writing or reporting sucked I could jump ship to another publication in three clicks of the mouse. This didn’t kill the newspapers, what killed the newspapers is the fundamental lack of foresight and leadership. The newspapers for more then a hundred years only knew how to make money one way. Selling advertising within the publication. When the world wide web came along, non of the management gave a serious thought of how to transition to online advertising or how to effectively make money by selling it.

Same thing is happening with TV. Cable and satellite providers better wake up. Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Hulu and a host of other on-demand content providers are going to free us from the proverbial viagra, and vaginal lube commercials we are all subject to as these companies gain more market share. Who actually watches more then about six channels with any regularity? I don’t. Only problem is in order to watch those six channels, my satellite provider makes me buy into a channel package full of shit channels I’ll never watch.

Want to watch Jon Stewart or Tosh, then you have to pay for a half dozen other MTV “thirteen year old opps I fucked a dirtbag and now I’m a pregnant teen channels.”

Cable and satellite providers know what is happening with on demand content providers and how its going to affect the way they do business. You have any idea what they are doing about it? You guessed it. Nothing. They’re stuck with “the old dinosaur ways of advertising revenue”.

Look at simple retail. Anyone try and buy something electronic from Best Buy in the last two to three years? How was the experience?

Been to a Lowes or a Home Depot and try and get the simplest degree of customer service or ask where a toilet flange bolt is located? Good Luck.

Do I really need to mention Wal-Mart?

We used to produce things in this country. Wether it was durable goods or providing some kind of service. Now not so much.

This country is lazy. That same lazy elected a president that actually had the balls to say something to the effect “that any of the few business left in the country that the founders of those businesses didn’t really create the business”. Of course now our President claims the statement was taken out of context, but after hearing the speech, what earthly context could have been appropriate to make any such statement to citizens of this country during these economic times?

I don’t know what happened to this country. I will say that come election time in November, “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands up on the wheel”. Our current President is not a leader he’s a warden, and Johnny Cash has something for prison wardens.

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