Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Panda Bear on Taking A Creative Break, Career Development and Open Leaks

The Panda Bear will be taking a creative break today.  She is very busy in her day job; the summer is her busy season

As her readers may know from her previous posts, the Panda Bear's day career is stalled.  Yesterday, after working there for six years, she found her company did have career coach(she thinks this information should be more available to its workers).   She will make an appointment with the coasgh.   The Panda Bear has been critical of her organization which is a large one for not offer more career development programs.   She believes this is good for both the organization and the individual worker.   In a capitalistic society, the Panda Bear believes most workers work harder, better and smarter with incentives.  However, the Panda Bear has found it hard to find good career advise in her field.  Her previous recent employers have been small employers(two of them folded into larger organizations) and have been unable/unwilling to give the Panda Bear much career direction despite the Panda Bear getting good job reviews and her considered to be very smart.  

The Panda Bear has just finished reading a series of novels written by journalists about journalism.  This includes The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, and Stieg Larson's Millennium Trilogy.   The Panda Bear shortly will be reading Allen Drury's Capable of Honor.  In a later post, the Panda Bear will be discussing what these novels show about journalism and what they show about people's conception of fiction.   After all, these books are FICTION  about journalism by authors who are journalists.

The Panda Bear has just finished reading  Inside WikiLeaks My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman for Wiki Leaks.  In the book, Daniel Domscheit-Berg claims that he and Julian Assange had a major falling out.  Daniel Domescheit-Berg and some of the early members of theWiki Leaks group have formed another organization called OpenLeaks.  The book Inside WikiLeaks is a fascinating picture of real life hackers(the people behind Wiki and Open Leaks are hackers) and journalists.  Daniel Domescheit-Berg claims to be motivated by idealism and that he tried to prevent innocent people from being hurt by the leaks.    According to the book, Julian Assage who claims to believe in the totally open society ran Wiki Leaks in a closed and secretative fashion.
The Panda Bear feelings about these leak web sites.  She believes probably these sites have done some good.   However, these sites are being run by hackers-peoplewho believe it is their right to intrude on others.

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