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And of course, we wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and PEACEFUL New Year.
In the Aug. 18, 2005, issue, "Time Warner and the Vision Thing," I looked at the "bloated, bloviating Time magazine. I was agog that it required an army of 269 editorial people to produce just 63 articles on 49 editorial pages of the Aug. 22 issue, or an average of five-and-a-half people per page. By contrast, the March 3, 1937, inaugural issue of Time was produced by a paltry 20 editorial people who created a 32-page issue with 117 articles. With advertising pages down 14.2 percent from last year, and the weekly publication becoming vestigial in light of the 24/7 cable news coverage of the world, it was announced on Dec. 18 that 105 people were being canned. Many of these were high-level executives, as corporate was "aiming at chiefs more than Indians, because that's where the money is," wrote David Carr in The New York Times. More cuts to come, apparently. In my opinion, the downsizing is essential; however when firings occur just before the holidays, those in charge are not nice folks.
Letters to the Editor
Note: Denny personally replies to all correspondence.
Readers respond to "New Does Not Necessarily Mean Improved," which was published Dec. 6, 2005.
Classic. Especially the po-po part. When our church built our new sanctuary a few years ago, the music committee ruled and the acoustics were wonderful for music but no one could hear the sermon, even when the choir was not singing. It took a lot to fix it.
I especially love your first two takeaways related to the article on Dec. 6. Since leaving Fingerhut, I have yet to see a company that has the discipline in testing you speak of. It takes time to test. Many companies have such unrealistic growth expectations that it pushes people to make a lot of hasty and risky decisions. A lack of understanding what is driving the growth or failures often occurs due to a lack of true testing, measuring, and on-going validation. Thanks for your wonderful and insightful articles. They often bring a knowing smile to my face each time I read one!