Saturday, July 4, 2015
Chairman Pao's Little Reddit Book
During this American Independence Day, I think of America's historical identity. Part of America's greatness was in its industrial giants. Men such as Henry Ford. Henry Ford was born on a farm and quickly developed a mechanical ability. He went into engineering and he birthed the auto industry. Millions of lives were changed for the better around the world due to his brilliance.
Now America's industry has been mostly outsourced to the Third World. The industry that remains mostly revolves around financial scams or internet fads. And many of the modern business leaders tend to be frauds that don't even understand the business that that they lead.
Once such example of modern America is Reddit. Reddit is a popular social networking and news site.
Reddit is now led by a Social Justice Warrior named Ellen Pao. Her politics is relevant as that is all that she brings to the table. She is a professional victim that milks the grievance industry. She has no qualifications other than she is Asian and a woman.
Pao has no technical qualifications. In fact, she was mocked by the community when she attempted to post a link to a message from her own inbox. This would be the equivalent of your 80 year old grandma sending you a link to a pic that is on her C: drive. The CEO of Reddit literally does not know how to use Reddit.
Pao quickly ordered the removal of all the threads mocking her. But, probably unknown to her, everything stays on the internet somewhere. Below is a link to such a thread that was deleted.
Under her leadership, Reddit is imploding. As she is not qualified to introduce any technical innovations to Reddit, all that she can offer is politicization of the company. One of her first acts as CEO was to implement "safe spaces". A "safe space" is the modern jargon Marxists use to justify censorship. Many popular subreddits (such as fat shaming) were purged. This created a backlash as Reddit has typically attracted a younger and more free thinking audience that does not welcome censorship.
She has also mandated that employees cannot negotiate their salaries. Her reasoning is that salary negotiation is discriminatory, as women are too stupid to negotiate on their own. She has also demanded that all potential employees have the proper politically correct view of "diversity". As such, Reddit is starting to have more in common with a religious cult than a business.
Pao's previous claim to fame was that she was involved in sexual drama at the previous place she worked (Kleiner Perkins). It seems she fucked one of the partners at Kleiner Perkins. Once she figured out that this would not get her promoted, she decided she was a victim of sexual harassment. She sued and the jury of six men and six women thought she was full of shit. She lost her case. But she became some sort of feminist heroine. The brave woman of color who spread her legs for her boss.
To make this sordid tale even more relevant to the times, Pao was married while she was playing hanky panky at Kleiner Perkins. Married to a gay, African American. Yup, you read that right. Pao was (and still is) married to a guy named Buddy Fletcher. Before Buddy met Pao he was involved in a 10 year loving relationship with a white guy.
But then Buddy got Yellow Fever and decided to run off with Pao. Yeah, it also does not make sense to me. My only guess is that Ellen sort of looks like a boy. So maybe that was the attraction.
However, Buddy didn't really seem to mind when his wife was caught in the sex scandal. My guess is she is free to screw around with other guys as long as he is able to do the same. Although that could lead to a messy love triangle if they should both fall in love with the same man. I guess that is one of the risks of marrying a gay man.
Like Ellen, Buddy has made his money by filing discrimination law suits against his employers. Maybe that is what gave Ellen the idea to do the same thing. However, Buddy has run into legal issues with his "creative" financing.
And, now, Pao's latest screw up (heh) was firing a popular moderator after Jesse Jackson was humiliated on a "Ask Me Anything" thread. Poor Jesse was not used to being asked anything but softball questions. Jesse is old and confused. And things got pretty nasty for him.
America 1915: Henry Ford
America 2015: Ellen Pao