Monday, January 01, 2007

Welcome to 2007. And a slightly new spin.

In keeping with a project I'm working on—which I'm not yet at liberty to discuss—I'll be broadening the focus of SHAMblog in 2007. We'll still spend our fair share of time on the likes of Tony Robbins, Dr. Phil, The Secret and related cultural silliness. But we'll also be talking about self-help in a more general sense, as well as about other idiosyncratic and/or fraudulent aspects of American consumer society. Especially those aspects driven by narcissism and uber-self-interest.

I hope you'll all stay with me and encourage others to pitch in. I think it's going to be a fun journey.

6 comments:

a/good/lysstener said...

Happy New Year, Steve. The new concept sounds interesting! will look forward to what you have to say. And to respond to a point you made in passing in an earlier post, no, somehow you don't seem gay to me.

Cosmic Connie said...

Count me in, Steve. I'm glad you're expanding the focus of SHAMblog. There's a whole cosmos of silly stuff to write about, and I'll be interested in seeing your new project too when you are at liberty to reveal it. (Don't tell me it's an ancient "secret"... :-))

Luther "Luke" Setzer said...

I will find your critiques of self-interest, well, interesting given how often you quote Dr. Michael Hurd, a champion of rational self-interest.

Steve Salerno said...

This gets sort of airy and abstract, since some have argued (plausibly) that EVERYTHING we do is done in self-interest--even acts that seems superficially selfless and altruistic. I guess we'll just have to see how it all plays out, Luke, and I certainly hope you'll stick around to offer your opinions as we go.

Cosmic Connie said...

Steve, I see you're whipping your template into shape (which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds) :-) It's looking good!

Luke, I am going to have to study your piece about rational self-interest before I comment further, but I don't think there's a conflict between (rational) self-interest and taking a critical view of the self-help movement. But then, what do I know? I'm a narcissist :-)

Barbra Sundquist said...

Steve, I'm a business coach and life coach trainer and it pains me to say that I like your blog. In fact, I like it so much I have it on my blogroll at http://www.homebusinesswiz.com

Why do you have to be so darn right on about stuff? :)