November 30th 2019 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – Should We Change Advertising Laws? –
I’ve recently begun to wonder….. “should America change it’s laws concerning advertising?”
Should the practice of cold calling, even be legal? What about spam?
And not only that….. but also, should advertising laws be dramatically changed, due to the information age and data driven businesses? Because living in NYC it quickly became apparent to me, that the economics of the West Coast (tech sector) and the East Coast (financial district) have fundamental disagreements….. In fact, this became so apparent to me during my time in New York, that I now believe this philosophical disagreement is skewing the ethics of business and particularly advertising, in America today…..
That is to say, it often feels as though business ethics, is drastically regional….. Specifically, in practice and not rhetoric, the people in LA will literally employ all of their daughters to perform pornography, in order to create, “liberal arts jobs,” while simultaneously…. the people in NYC will cling to their free market ideals by also forcing their sons to work in Chinese restaurants……. and neither side seems to mind.
Nevertheless, in my opinion… this debate over, “ethical advertising,” ultimately becomes about what we reward as a society….. just as much as, “core ethics,” themselves….
To be more specific, what is business? What types of businesses should people engage with? And how should a person create sales?
Because behind that bitter partisanship tug of war, concerning business ethics and which systems reward which types of people……. there’s always this fundamental concern over the very fabric of business and particularly SALES, itself. For example, have you ever seen a women with big boobs selling car insurance? It’s unreal, but that’s a social niche we reward in today’s economy. Now whether you view this as a problem, or not, is completely up to you, but I’m simply noting….. that for better, or for worse…. that’s one way to win the game of, “sales/business,” in today’s US economy….
In a lot of ways E-bay made sales-men obsolete, I should say.
I joke with a friend of mine back home that he simply, “stands guard,” at the car dealership, where he works…. which he doesn’t appreciate at all…….
But it’s true, a lot of, “sales people,” simply benefit from good locations of service, or great products…. Worse yet, these same people often don’t design the products themselves….. and as a novice Ai developer, breaking into the tech sector…… it drives me crazy…… because I’m inventing constantly, not pushing pencils.
Nevertheless, as our society evolves forward, we need to discuss HOW OUR ECONOMY goes about rewarding people…. especially in this new, “internet economy,” as sales become increasingly skewed to favor; this person, that person, girls, minorities and Erik Trump…….. Which is my main point here, in discussing what I view as a national need, for our country to discuss the ethics behind sales, basically to explain why we’re favoring certain people and things like that.
And here’s another example of why I believe that, “sales ethics,” needs to be further discussed in the American media……
Why not exclusively hire models, as News anchors? Fox News basically does this already… but……
Why give ugly people jobs at all? Attractive employees brand the company better, don’t they? Prettier people have more social media followers, on average, so companies can stand to benefit by hiring better looking people, right? Because that’s how you make money, right? And in a world where decimal points of percentages, have become so increasingly important………. why fight over pennies? Especially when hiring exclusively attractive people could give you the edge?
AND QUITE HONESTLY, THIS IS WHERE I FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE WITH A LOT OF, “LAISSEZ FAIRE ECONOMICS.” This is something that you don’t hear enough….. but it’s something that I feel the need to write on Civilians News…. while conversely the old guard, Jerry Jones for example…. will typically just play stupid, speak in ambiguity and then simply hire 5 of his nephews… when confronted with this same issue…..
But the point I bring up today is that….. under the umbrella of, “business ethics,” the rules of sales keep changing due to technology…. however, I believe that we aren’t being specific enough in how we teach and officiate the game of sales……. or, how we teach business entirely, for that matter.
Furthermore, our current leaders continue to play stupid when their beautiful children all win…….. but how often do you hear about trends in physical appearance, concerning people committing suicide? This is also information that our aristocracy never seems to divulge through the news, yet it’s information that to me, feels like the utter most, “news worthy content.” … Imagine if the people most frequently killing themselves all had similar physical features………..
BUT OK; IS COLD CALLING LEGAL?
SHOULD IT BE? And what is, “good sales?”
But first, let me go back and explain some of my own personal bias, concerning this topic. Back in 2010 I worked for LA Fitness (*my local gym at the time) as a sales clerk.
“But how did you perform this job specifically,” you might ask? This is real life sales, not college… right?
Well obviously they had me walking into nearby grocery stores and harassing local grocery store shoppers, WHILE THEY WERE SHOPPING! In fact, my boss had me basically BEGGING nearby grocery store shoppers to come into our gym, with unrealistic sales goals burdening me the whole time.
Should that be legal?….
Internet economy, LA, nevermind.
ILLEGALLY SOLICIT INSIDE OF THE NEARBY GROCERY STORE….. THAT WAS ESSENTIALLY HOW LA FITNESS, “TAUGHT ME SALES.”
Everyone has horror stories and I have a few more…. but really?
Similarly, my brother worked at a car dealership around that same time, “doing sales.” Which long story short they had him working as much as 60-70 hours a week…. and that was how they taught him sales……
Worse yet, later my younger brother also worked for, “the owner,” at Quicken Loans…. and while his office did something ridiculous like hundreds of millions of dollars in profits annually, his boss didn’t pay him a fair bonus for missing unrealistic quota’s. Furthermore, this was after strapping him to a headset and having the headset automatically dial, and dial, and dial…. cold calls all day, for years at a time….That was how Quicken Loans taught my brother sales………. similar to LA Fitness.
BUT LITERALLY STRAPPED TO A HEADSET LIKE HAMSTERS, working at an office that probably did over 1 billion in commerce, nationwide…… *nothing greedy about that…….
So what is sales?
THAT’S BUSINESS? And this isn’t just 1 or 2 companies…….. this isn’t just 1 or 2 obese CEO’s that I’m talking about….
Similarly, I see a lot of people in Manhattan advertising for their legal professions in Church, or Synagogue…..
My friend shamelessly made a career out of servicing people’s financial needs at Alcoholics Anonymous…. and had success with that in the 1980’s and 1990’s. So it’s not the first time that this society has rewarded people for that type of, “business/sales.” But again…. while I understand that there has to be an element of, MAKE IT HAPPEN…. there also has to be an element of…. WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING US TO THINK? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL ABOUT THIS?
AND WHY DON’T WE EVER TALK ABOUT IT? IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE……….
FURTHERMORE, WHO IS SUCCEEDING IN SALES?
And this topic, so often, just goes unsaid…….. IN FACT SOME PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRIES ARISTOCRACY….. choose to frame this argument in terms of a coded racial argument, for the media. Often times, I also believe this occurs with nothing being said directly at all on the subject, as people in the aristocracy tend to talk out of both sides of their mouth’s on controversial topics such as this….. typically innuendo’ing about the difference’s between doing business as an ugly person, as opposed to being a better looking sales person….. coded into an argument about, “race,” for the mass media…. This is the same people who make a living off of reality TV, I might add.
Regardless; sales isn’t 100% my issue. Also, to an extent, sales is always going to be a little, “dirty,” in my opinion. You reward people for going out and getting things done….. I get that. Today however, I’m merely pointing out some trends………
And the topic really got me thinking about…. the Jones vs the Daq and software vs construction, and the different trade wars going on today, over who deserves to benefit from all of this inflation and increasingly bloated costs of living….. vs who has to struggle their entire adulthood.
Who gets to put a bill in your mailbox? Basically, is what I mean….. when you really get down to it…… who is this government rewarding with all this uncertainty and ambiguity? Because we can’t all afford cell phone satellites, with proton engines firing off into space. However, 1 satellite is apparently worth a gagillion dollars / per month, in cell phone bills…. WHICH I MIGHT ADD, if it was a choice between spending your whole life slaving away at a Taco Bell… or alternatively building one space satellite, you’d probably choose to build a satellite, right? And no offense to scientists in the field, but as an Ai developer myself, particularly one who does a lot of high level science independently, I bet a lot of people could build a satellite, if given the proper tools. I fascinate myself all the time by pushing myself in Ai…. and I’m no brighter than a lot of people.
BUT….. long story short…… advertising……
How often do people even wonder…….. “why is it legal to advertise across the country?” People complain about, “jobs,” but why do people even profit off of someone else’s labor 1,500 miles away, in the first place? If, “jobs,” is really the problem…. wouldn’t eliminating inter-state marketing, solve the dilemma? Because by simply forbidding companies to advertise in foreign places, or forbidding companies from controlling markets over 200, 500, or 5000 miles away…… you could essentially create thousands and thousands of jobs…. all locally. And that could all be done with the negative consequence of simply eliminating the need for 3-4 dozen of Warren Buffett’s friends in the board rooms of these companies.
Because there would be far less of an issue over, “jobs,” and much less rhetoric surrounding, “job creation,” if these companies weren’t constantly running cities into the ground, thousands of miles away from their corporate HQ’s…… Basically, why are they even allowed to advertise over 200 miles away? Let alone sell anything to people in distant lands…. if jobs are such an issue today? (I work at Wendy’s, despite going to law school, so I know how I feel about it.)
You literally have HQ’s in NYC, running half the cities in the world…… and this has become a circumstance whereby all those management jobs are in New York, and countless other cities around the world don’t even have real executives, living in their own cities….
Meanwhile the office space in NYC, is eerily empty and full at the same time…..
And how is that not mercantilism? How are we still teaching kids about mercantilism in colonial times and behaving this way in modern times? Because it doesn’t feel like Capitalism to me, the way this often plays out, in terms of who’s rewarded financially, at the end of the day…. HOW DOES THIS GOVERNMENT JUSTIFY IT’S WEALTH THROUGH CLAIMING TO BE THE INVENTOR OF COLONIAL MERCANTILISM IN PAST CENTURIES….. AND YET CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FOREIGN MARKETS TO THIS DAY? UNDER THE GUISE OF, “GROWTH?”
BECAUSE IF REPUBLICANS REALLY CARED ABOUT JOBS…. then we’d be talking about limiting….. major companies…… not expanding them to compete abroad……… or allowing one person like Warren Buffet to run all of NYC, from 1200 miles away, in Iowa…… Because if those things changed…. then maybe other things would actually change…. as opposed to a situation like today, where these people just play stupid and act like, “o Detroit is just a city where you have to work at Wendy’s.”
(For-d acres. This family does nothing but take from this State.)
-William Larsen, Founder of Civilians News