Rat-hunting at NBC

News item: NBC orders staff to rat out misbehaving colleagues or be fired.

So now every employee must report every improper behavior around the issues of sexual harassment (or, improbably, vegan mistreatment) by reporting it to Human Resources.

Sounds like a lovely place to work.

Given that the threat is there of firing – and with Lauer's exit, they fire fast – human nature suggests that employees will err on the side of caution and report pretty much everything they see as suspicious.  Even creepier, some may try to settle scores by reporting "violations," with motives other than creating a sex harassment-free workplace.  Human behaviors, such as how to hug, will be regulated and specified by bureaucrats.  And it will be the era of the snitch, the anonymous phone call, the veiled blackmail – in short, socialism as the totalitarians practice it.

NBC will shake its edifice down in a sea of Stalinist accusations, but rest assured: there won't be any sex harassment – something that is hard to believe, given that human nature shows that people can get around anything and probably will.

But the regulations will remain.

Had they just cultivated a culture of "being a gentleman," valuing marriage, and not sleeping around instead of rewarding star ratings and left-wing bias with looking the other way on sexual transgressions, they'd never be in this disagreeable pickle.  They can't blame the right for this; this was all their own doing.  Now they live in a police state because social capital is squandered and trust is broken.  The roots of this were in the left's disdain for polite culture, and NBC's problem accelerated with the quest for ratings.  Now they can live with this.

News item: NBC orders staff to rat out misbehaving colleagues or be fired.

So now every employee must report every improper behavior around the issues of sexual harassment (or, improbably, vegan mistreatment) by reporting it to Human Resources.

Sounds like a lovely place to work.

Given that the threat is there of firing – and with Lauer's exit, they fire fast – human nature suggests that employees will err on the side of caution and report pretty much everything they see as suspicious.  Even creepier, some may try to settle scores by reporting "violations," with motives other than creating a sex harassment-free workplace.  Human behaviors, such as how to hug, will be regulated and specified by bureaucrats.  And it will be the era of the snitch, the anonymous phone call, the veiled blackmail – in short, socialism as the totalitarians practice it.

NBC will shake its edifice down in a sea of Stalinist accusations, but rest assured: there won't be any sex harassment – something that is hard to believe, given that human nature shows that people can get around anything and probably will.

But the regulations will remain.

Had they just cultivated a culture of "being a gentleman," valuing marriage, and not sleeping around instead of rewarding star ratings and left-wing bias with looking the other way on sexual transgressions, they'd never be in this disagreeable pickle.  They can't blame the right for this; this was all their own doing.  Now they live in a police state because social capital is squandered and trust is broken.  The roots of this were in the left's disdain for polite culture, and NBC's problem accelerated with the quest for ratings.  Now they can live with this.

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