July 10, 2010
Corporations are legally obligated to make decisions that would be considered sociopathic if made by individual human beings. This is because the directors and officers of a corporation have a fiduciary obligation to maximize the profits of the shareholders, and if they make decisions on other bases–things like decency, charity, sympathy, intellectual honesty, etc–they will have the living shit sued out of them by the shareholders.
While individuals within corporations may act from these bases, the corporation qua corporation simply cannot. That the “management” of ScienceBlogs fails to understand this is fucking pathetic. And this, by the way, also explains why a blog sponsored all or in part by corporate funds is fundamentally different from a blog created by a corporation. That the “management” of ScienceBlogs also fails to understand this is also fucking pathetic.
The “management” of ScienceBlogs obviously has not the slightest clue about how to actually manage a creative enterprise. Furthermore, CEO Adam Bly’s embarrassingly ignorant petulant comments on his own blog about the article disclosing the editor’s e-mail to that Seed columnist shitcanning a column on Bhopal because they didn’t want to preclude Dow Chemical from buying advertising (and the breezy way in which that editor him or herself admitted in the e-mail to a grotesque journalistic ethical breach) render it obvious that no one in the Seed chain of command has the slightest training or experience in real journalism. What we’ve basically got are children dressing in their parents’ clothing while their parents are out to dinner.