Comparing the average management self-help book to Nigerian spam may be a bit harsh. On the other hand, I’m also finding indexed to be a welcome daily provocation. Makes a point and makes you think. I think of it as a daily dose of insight to help avoid succumbing to what the late Steve Allen described as “dumbth.”
This delightful sketch comes from indexed, a blog which is worth a daily feed. Having spent a lot of time in airports recently the sheer number of shelves devoted to simple guru based recipes is scary. Everything is made simple, reduced to simple steps, off the shelf recipes and impossible problems. Snake-oil salespeople have been around for a long time and they persist. Nigerian spam is just a difference of degree from the average self help book.