Journalism & Money

I think very often of how to be a better journalist, as I have struggled with on-camera delivery and voice acting. But last night, while reading Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (my constant bedtime reading for the past few week), I realized that writing is actually the hardest part of journalism, specifically the art of developing a narrative. The following verse jumped out at me:

Fashions have changed, and the art of listening to a narrative has been lost in Europe. (loc. 2550/4396)

Journalism should be ever-improving narratives of a better vision for humanity. I also watched Oliver Stone’s epic Wall Street (1987) movie, for the umpteenth time. But I learned so much, from the poignant advice from one alpha male to another. For example:

  • Money; it makes us all do things we don’t want to.
  • You’ve not only got to prove you’re good enough to get into my office, but also that you’re good enough to stay.
  • I’m gonna give you $800,000 in Spanish gold. Do something with it. Surprise me.
  • Sell people the illusion, and then the illusion becomes real. That’s capitalism.

Other ruses used by Charlie Sheen’s character include taking a job as a custodial worker to gain access to competitor’s office files at night. Generally, rich people are portrayed as having poor aesthetic taste, or do not understand the art that they buy. For an Oliver Stone fantasy, I felt the film did an excellent job of portraying the dangers of runaway greed and stock market manipulation.

Below is the famous “Greed is Good” speech at the climax of the movie.