Comments on: Jeff Bezos and the new publishing revolution Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:47:54 +0000 hourly 1 By: donee Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:33:09 +0000 Our nation today is textbook example of bad government created by long ignored flagrant conflicts of interest! The most serious of which is the disgraceful ownership makeup of news media. We must once again strip them of such entitlement in order to place serious conflicts of interest in the public eye and then leave them there until overwhelming public opinion forces their removal.

By: Des3Maisons Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:46:14 +0000 What destroyed the American newspaper was greed. News costs money. If you replace news coverage on state and federal government with fluff then you make more money, initially. But what happens after is your readers start dropping their subscriptions and a child that grows up in a house without a daily newspaper doesn’t get a daily newspaper as an adult. American newspapers also double crossed their readers by breaking their unwritten contract to be the watchdogs on government. Americans now are grossly uninformed. That’s what allowed Corporate America to buy our government and begin the process of destroying our democracy.

By: Andrew714 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:28:54 +0000 Bezos still owes me money.

I will tell this story over and over until I drop dead, which I hope is after he does because I just bought a pair of dancing shoes from a brick and mortar.

I was a fee-per-hire headhunter for Amazon back in the mid-’90s while Amazon consisted of about a dozen bodies in a small office near Pike Place Market in Seattle. My task was to find email customer service reps willing to work for $10 / hour at what still seemed like a risky dot-com thing nobody really knew anything about.

Here’s what he wanted in candidates: masters degree in Library Sciences, preferably Ivy League, ideally Rhodes Scholar or Rhodes Scholar candidate. Transcripts required.

The candidate would also need to pass a simple email test: reply in writing to a very unhappy customer demanding an update on their missing book order – if the candidate wrote “we’re sorry” or anything vaguely apologetic in this test they were disqualified.

In hundreds of candidates I had to interview (this was when there were far more jobs than people) I found exactly 1 who met all of the criteria. He was declined, no reason provided, didn’t even get to take the email test.

And then he was hired directly.

This guy also happened to be a protégé of one of my University of Washington HR manager buddies.

It worked out for the candidate – he took the IPO money and ran to the bank – but it forever painted Amazon in my eyes as underhanded, deceptive, and filthy. (No, I have never ordered anything on Amazon nor will I.)

Good luck, Post.