Friday Five: the bad news bearer

Welcome to the Friday Five, Doom and Gloom Edition.

Woe is us.

Nothing like a little negative energy to kick off the weekend, I always say.

Hey, don’t blame me. I’m just the messenger. Kinda like those newspapers that are dying left and right these days.

Anyway, here we go. Bad news. We’ve got bad, bad news…

  1. ‘When Bad Times Come, Your Hand Is Forced’. Just how bad is the economic outlook for higher education? It’s bad. Very bad. Watch this video from The Chronicle of Higher Education and be afraid. Very afraid.
  2. Your clients hate you. How’s that for telling it straight? The story really isn’t as bad as the headline would lead you to believe, so go ahead and click it.
  3. MySpace becomes Murdoch’s MyProblem. “Rupert Murdoch was hailed as a visionary when he paid the then-bargain price of $580 million for MySpace in 2005, but now it appears that the newspaper mogul may not know that much about running an Internet community after all.” Earlier this week, MySpace laid off some 400 employees — more than 13 percent of its work force — and forecasters expect a 15 percent drop in ad revenue for the company this year.
  4. Feedback: the creativity killer. The sources of negative feedback and 12 excellent ideas for dealing with them. (See? I’m starting to get more optimistic already. The clouds are lifting. Blogging is good.)
  5. And to end on a positive note: There’s too much negativism in journalism. I totally agree. Why does everybody have to be so negative all the time?

And to end on an even better, ahem, note: The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (audio).

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Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

2 thoughts on “Friday Five: the bad news bearer”

  1. I didn’t find the “bad news” above so much depressing (especially the excellent Hold Steady), as it was a welcome distraction from the work I intended to do almost an hour ago.

    I particularly liked the linked “Creativity Killer” piece. I’m not a designer, but the suggestions for dealing with feedback seem applicable to a whole bunch of functional areas. I also wanted to add one point to Inchauste’s great “feedback” post: timing. Common-wisdom seems to hold that it’s best to seek feedback early and often. But getting feedback on anything (website, business plan, a presentation) too early runs the risk of someone just not “getting it” in terms of what you are trying to accomplish.

    NPR ran an interesting piece yesterday on the feedback loop enabled by such tools as Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/l8tywf. If anything that piece helps show that creativity and feedback are not mutually exclusive, but the “how and when” of getting feedback plays an important role. Thanks, Andrew, I enjoyed the “bad news” post.

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