Jerry Pournelle’s lengthy but always interesting “Chaos Manor” column in Byte was must reading for me when that magazine existed. So it’s been fun to see him as a guest on a couple of Leo LaPorte’s recent recent This Week in Tech videos, which I usually watch via Roku on laundry nights.
On the show I watched tonight, Pournelle repeated his “Iron Law of Bureaucracy,” which may be relevant to those of us in public broadcasting as we consider the challenges of maintaining a mission during changing patterns of media usage and the necessity to consider collaborations and mergers. Here’s how he stated it on the program:
Any organization has two kinds of people: those that are dedicated to what the organization is dedicated to and the other dedicated to the organization itself. The second always gets in control.
The Chaos Manor column continues online. I hope I’m that sharp at 77. --Dennis