Feb 19, 2008

Confessions of a frustrated Marketer –

“When we had trouble nailing an ad, our reputations were on the line. A good deal of our self-esteem was predicated on the belief that we were good marketers, the we understood what made the world tick – that in fact, we told the world how to tick. We got it. We got it better than others. We got it so well we could teach it to them. Using a wide variety of media, we could demonstrate for our fellow Americans their anxieties, desires, insufficiencies, and frustrations – and how to assuage them all. We informed you in six seconds that you needed something you didn’t know you lacked. We made you want anything that anyone willing to pay us wanted you to want. We were hired guns of the human soul. We pulled the strings on the people across the land and by god they got to their feet and they danced for us.”

From Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris.


Me said...

There is one thing missing, though.

"And we cured cancer every single day".


RestrictionsApply said...

Amen to that. Sometimes that's what it feels like we're doing, until you realize that no one ever bothered to say "Thank you."

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