I am John Adams and you have entered my Blog. I decided to start blogging from the grave due to the preponderance of mistruths and inaccuracies that have spread across the people by virtue of biographical books and television series. It appears that a host of lecherous pundits and writers have jumped on the John Adams bandwagon. Even in the grave, these hangers-on are annoying and aggravating. So, good people, I have decided to enter the Blogesphere, as i believe it is called, not to correct the inaccuracies of what has been written about me, but to comment on what is happening now. My goal is to answer the question: "what would John Adams say about that?" I trust a colonial perspective, steeped in common sense and patriotism, will prove interesting and helpful to those living now. Your comments and responses are welcome, however, please remeber that i am dead and will not be able to respond to all items immediately or ever or while you are on the other side.
What would I say?
There is a song entitled- “Breaking up is hard to do”. Apparently it is getting easier. One need only cast a glance at IAC, Motorola, and AOL/Time Warner to argue the contrary. Breaking up may be hard but it may also be the “go to” strategy for underperforming businesses. When we broke free from the British Empire, our motivation was freedom- freedom from taxes and having to do what the King dictated. The King did not want to see his Empire diminished. He fought us to keep his Empire intact. Lots of good men died. Not me of course, I did the Presidential thing and stayed well away from the actual fighting. So why are these American Kings content to send their Empires to the proverbial “chop shop?” Why is the Monarch of IAC, Barry Diller breaking up his Empire? The answer is simple- when your back is against the wall and the barbarians are at the gates you create a major diversion. We did this during the War when GW hoodwinked the British at Valley Forge by attacking at High Tea. Engaging in a break-up, particularly when you can blame it on someone like Carl Ican, is a great way to extend your reign and keep the shareholders at bay. Breaking up is only hard to do when you get stuck with the part that with small pox. I can’t wait to see what happens to the mobile unit at Motorola, AOL when Time Warner takes it off the teet or Expedia when it is lopped off of IAC. I predict more of the businesses-ectomies as other Empires create their own diversions. Ironically, there will also be acquisitions and consolidations, witness Microsoft/Yahoo, as the rich empires pick off those that are struggling. Binging and purging is the way of Kings.blog comments powered by Disqus