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Redefining Failure And Willy Loman

Old 09-12-2010, 08:43 AM
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From Newsweek:

We’ve spent more than 60 years dissecting Willy Loman, the character artfully sketched by Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman. Willy is, perhaps, America’s consummate loser, a failure to his family. But if you can bear with me for one moment, imagine he lived in current times, not amid the postwar prosperity of 1949. Sure, his career was ebbing, but Willy kept a job for 38 years, he owned his house—he had just made the last mortgage payment—and had a wife and two children. Today he’d be a survivor.

Has our view of failure softened since Willy Loman’s day? In a country with a level of unemployment so high that it is likely to determine the outcome of the midterm elections, and where promotions, bonuses, and retirement savings seem like relics, failure is something many of us are wrestling with right now. But if we begin to accept that success is not a simple, upward career trajectory, this economic crisis may not just reduce the stigma of being sacked but transform the way we think of failing. Shocking as it sounds, failure can be a good thing.

How the Recession Is Redefining Failure - Newsweek
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:09 AM
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Newsweek failed and recently changed hands for one dollar.

This may be just what they need for new direction.

Reporting the facts might be a good start.
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:31 PM
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It's difficult to talk an unhappy person into being happy, but it's quite easy to persuade a happy person to keep "improving" his life until he reaches a state of real misery. Advertising depends on this.
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