SPOTLIGHT | "PIVOT" PODCAST
photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
pretty much since i had the thought of pursuing an MBA a few years ago i have been a fairly regular listener of the bi-weekly PIVOT podcast (VOX MEDIA, 2018-present) hosted by VETERAN tech journalist KARA SWISHER (formerly of THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE WASHINGTON POST) and NYU MARKETING professor SCOTT GALLOWAY which mainly deals with technology and market trends. since taking classes i have found that the regular terminology and concepts they apply to their analysis has been deeply helpful in my coming to speed with BUSINESS thinking and jargon in general.
SWISHER has a long history of being a THOUGHTFUL yet doggedly POINTED and EFFECTIVE interlocutor who often confronts (and even interrupts) her interview subjects when they drift towards platitudes and hazy language to obfuscate from responsibility. these subjects are very often powerful, rich white men. as a proud lesbian, her very identity grants her an edge as she is not affected by the often retrograde gender prescriptions favored by this WASPY, elitist demographic. she comes off supremely CONFIDENT and prepared and a SWISHER interview is INFORMATIVE and frequently NEWSWORTHY because of the respect she commands. my only gripe is her apparent blind spot surrounding ELON MUSK, of whom she often comes across as an apologist at best and an enabler at worst. her opinion and influence carries weight beyond her economic weight and she knows this. i was surprised that it took MUSK recently making bad trans jokes as CEO of TWITTER to get her triggered regarding his awful influence on culture and politics. but i respect her and her opinion so im sure she'll come to a conclusion that is ENLIGHTENED and well thought-out.
which brings me to GALLOWAY, who at times seems like a stand-in for the mentality of these creeps. i dont wish to totally repudiate the man, as i often find his market analysis INSIGHTFUL and ability to think through complicated corporate policy issues rather POIGNANT. even for a layman like me who is wading through these same waters currently in BUSINESS SCHOOL, GALLOWAY is someone who can walk me through an issue from a board-member or CEO, CFO, COO, CIO's perspective. i think where i deviate from him is when he branches out from his area of expertise, MARKETING, and starts opining about issues related to MASCULINITY, relationships and especially ETHICS. my issues is that he comes off DETACHED, CLUELESS and overly PEDANTIC in his observations. it is beyond eye-rolling to hear him give advice about issues surrounding PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY and MORALITY in general when he is constantly attempting to middle path his way through politics during the pre and post TRUMP era (currently supports MEHMET OZ for senator in PENNSYLVANIA), attended the WORLD CUP in RUSSIA and is planning to do so again in QATAR (where 6,500 migrant workers have perished constructing said facilities and infrastructure under INHUMANE conditions), as well as the fact that he currently relocated to LONDON to give his family a "world perspective." as if the UNITED KINGDOM represents global culture. maybe to a NAIVE AMERICAN. it all just points to how SMALL and MYOPIC the dude's worldview is and his blatant disregard for anything resembling PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. he's basically the perfect avatar for AMERICAN CAPITALISM bar none.
i just find it a little aggravating to hear GALLOWAY lecture the next generation when he is far far from perfect. with SWISHER i dont have that issue as she seems swayed by facts and relevant life work experience, there is a gravitas to her positions. GALLOWAY and his beyond LAME "dog" persona just comes off as DESPERATE and attention-seeking as he HOPELESS attempts to position himself as a modern "thought leader." i think he would be better served if he'd just stick to his MARKET ANALYSIS and lay off the HUBRIS and EGOISM just a little. nothing wrong with a little HUMILITY from time to time. here's a suggestion: maybe start traveling to all those developing nations that that hedge fund you used to run and those boards you used to sit on exploited to high hell. instead of living comfortably in the decomposing corpse of past conquests and colonial influence that is LONDON. you could gain some perspective by spending time WEST AFRICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA or maybe even SOUTH AMERICA. i have lived in all three (plus EASTERN EUROPE) and it was beyond TRANSFORMATIVE. it maybe even get you to rethink half of those demonstrably ILL-INFORMED opinions you have about AMERICA's supposedly benevolent hegemonic global impact impact and the true beneficiaries of MARKET CAPITALISM.
or maybe you'll continue to ignore such externalities all the same. i just thought given your intelligence and your accomplishments you'd know better.