Downsizing, Upgrading, and Overextending

It's been a few days since I've updated...so getting back into the swing of things let me express something: My blog is essentially my take on little world matters that aren't always examined by most. I intend to provoke thought and incite some wisdom. A lot of my connections hail from the media world to the rest of life, but that's mostly because generally my days are concerned with the media as it is a large scale part of my chosen path toward profession, journalism. However, I will note things about any aspect with the greatest of abandon and sometimes in complete randomness sparked only by my own restless thoughts.

That being said, let's concern ourselves a bit with the huge corporations and conglomerates in the world today. In media specifically, there are six giant media owners. They own a wide variety of types of media and their goal is to consume smaller media outlets and then downsize and upgrade everything in sight. It seems that this is occurring more and more as technology and communication advance.

Coming with this consumption of as much as possible is an overextension of sorts. These conglomerates not only overextend their resources and abilities, but require a lot of their employees and the world overall. The world is being asked to get 38 hours worth of work or other tasks accomplished in a day of 24 hours. It leaves little time to breathe let alone rest. The requirements to gain anything of importance just grows in quantity and not necessarily in quality.

The things that are required, that push people to become overextended, aren't even always what is best, but it is just what is a lot. Or rather what seems to be impressive because it is an overload. Well, I could eat ten boxes of oreos and you wouldn't be impressed, so what needs to be looked at is what the act being done actually is accomplishing and not how much of something you are filling yourself or your plate (reference and pun toward the oreos totally not intended) with.

In the same notion, these large corporations and companies need to examine what they are consuming. The number of businesses you own doesn't denote success. The quality of the businesses you own does. A large successful corporation, Starbucks for example, is not a part of a huge conglomerate, but works with its customers in an effective way and takes stock in its employees, can do an awesome job making money and serving a purpose without overextending because it seems to know the limits. On the other hand, a huge conglomerate made of many different sections could do an awful job A. serving a purpose and B. making the money it seeks because it is requiring too much of itself, its employees and its customers.

So the idea that needs to be put into practice is that you have to know your limits and know when you are working in a qualitative way and not a quantitative way to reach your goal of success.

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