Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shocked Out Of Buzzwords

Though the idea may be a bit Pavlovian, the usefulness of the Buzzword shocker bracelet in undeniable. Maybe all companies should hand these to everyone whose job description might involve copious amounts management-speak - if only as a favor to those who have to listen to them. The best part has got to be the USB connected wristband that allows you to download buzzword data from your computer. The technology business generates an obscene amount of them every day so the notion of being able to expand the list of offending words is particularly thoughtful.

I am trying to imagine this thing on the wrists of some of the most verbose executives I have met over the years. Most of them would not be able to get a sentence in without receiving an electric shock. There is almost a sense of karmic retribution in that from the point of view of those who have been subjected to their buzzword-laden gibberish meeting after meeting.The idea is
"Soon your subconscious is associating those words with an unpleasant sensation, and before you know it, you sound more polished and professional". This is almost too good to be true. The handy graph that traces your buzzword culpability over time is excellent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It IS too good to be true! It's an April fool's joke... unfortunately.