Throw in Some Shorts and a Hat and I’m All Yours

In a further indication of the near total lack of accountability in our society, the New York Times today reported that Sony BMG Music Entertainment used all sorts of payola schemes to induce radio disc jockeys to play their contracted performers’ music over the airwaves.

Giveaways included flat-screen televisions, PlayStation 2 games, and out-of-town trips for two. My favorite, though, was Sony’s sending one Adidas sneaker with the promise of a mate if the DJ would play the song A.D.I.D.A.S. By Killer Mike at least 10 times.

Sadly, business ethics has come close to becoming an oxymoron. Why the trend started and why it continues to take on new and ever more bizarre iterations in this post Enron/Bernie Ebbers world escapes me. It’s high-time one of our political leaders called for the creation of a blue-ribbon panel to address the moral and ethical challenges eroding every pillar of our society. Of course, we’d need to find some ethical politicans to lead such an effort. Maybe if Sony offers some Adidas sports gear as inducement, we can round up some willing participants?

5 thoughts on “Throw in Some Shorts and a Hat and I’m All Yours

  1. It’s a moot point (or mute, depending on how you want to pronounce it). The reality is that terrestrial radio is a dead medium. Let them pay-for-play. At the end of the day, listeners are going to gravitate to outlets (satellite, pod, etc.) that they align with.

  2. I’m in the midst of writing a book about accountability. I’m convinced it’s so unique nowadays that it can be a key ingredient in becoming and remaining successful.

  3. Couldn’t agree more. Nice to know that even bin Laden gets turned down every now and then.

  4. Well at least the Columbia drug lords are accountable! Today’s NYPost reports that Osama bin Laden approached at least one South American drug cartel about lacing cocaine destined for the US with poison. But the drug lords ultimately decided it would be bad for business. Wow- how impressive. Too bad these pushers didn’t see that they had a moral obligation to at least leak his location.