Of Charlie Sheen, Winning And The American Economy

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It’s Friday. If there’s one thing I know about Fridays, it’s that nobody wants to be bogged down with the heavy stuff right before their weekend.

In that spirit, we turn to the Harvard Business Review, which today featured Umair Haque’s blog post comparing America and Charlie Sheen.

It’s a well-written piece and maybe a little challenging for a Friday, but where else are you going to find this kind of comparison?

Basically, Haque argues that Sheen, who has become a one-man media circus after making a series of bizarre comments and getting fired from the popular Two and a Half Men television show, is a piece of the corruption of the word “winning” as we use it to describe the American economy. The crux of that argument is that people should strive to be important in the realm of business, making a difference in both those circles and the larger world, rather than simply gunning for high profits and a winning image.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along this quote, which is the finest piece of writing about Charlie Sheen I’ve yet seen:

Charlie Sheen is the tired face of the American dream, in ways that we don’t often enough have the backbone, wisdom, or grace to (want to) admit, starting with a hilariously bankrupt definition of “success.”

He certainly looks tired. What are your thoughts about this article?


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