This week I have seen and heard two events that have made me both sad and happy – sad, because it represents the outcome of the worst that media management can bring and happy, because it is an event that will set someone free from this form of management.
The death of my friend AD was heralded by her colleagues in academia as a very sad loss to a very brilliant career and a very clever and kind person.The response by her former employer, the national broadcaster,was as pathetic as it was terse because the author of the response only saw fit to profile the outcomes of her connection with the national broadcaster.
I had worked with AD for some years in the late 1980’s and 1990’s and I remember her well as a fine person who, because of her deep knowledge of the media was constantly sidelined into jobs that under-represented her talents.As time went on she left the ABC to become an academic who contributed a lot to the development of media people in the university and also in various boards of learning.It was as if the shackles that had been placed on her were left off and, as usual, represented the fear that media mangers, with less intelligence and creativity had about the structure of their media environment that someone with a bright creativity should be muzzled and now no longer was.
On the other side of the sphere (or perhaps the same?) my dear friend YG left the national broadcaster after many years of working in the technical side.I hope he realised the fact that the world is so much larger out there and had decided to go his own way.During the time he worked in the broadcaster, and suffering from cancer, he was treated as a pariah by many of his media managers and forced to work when he was ill and then ignored if he asked for time off for treatment.their callous refusal of compassion stems once again from that bracketed fear that all is wrong if you are not stoic in your job, and that ignorance is very much bliss
I hope they are both happy wherever they are and I hope their former media managers understand the meaning of shame.