Continuing on the theme of social media, this article, ‘Why ALL bosses should copy me and ban Facebook from the workplace’ which appeared in the Mail Online last Wednesday, neatly sums up why innovation is actually a dying craft in British industry.
Written by one of Britain’s prominent entrepreneurs, Dragon’s Den judge Theo Paphitis, the article rails against Facebook as a time waster in the workplace. He argues that while ‘the internet has created dramatic new opportunities in everything from marketing to distribution’, it has a downside: namely, an explosion in online activity which has resulted in ‘an orgy of self-indulgence and exhibitionism’ which ‘has polluted the air with meaningless babble and egomaniacal drivel’. This impulse, exercised through social media like Facebook, or Twitter, wastes work time and should be, in the opinion of this entrepreneurial dragon, ‘best kept to free time at home’. ‘In the end’, he says ‘businesses and public services cannot survive if staff prefer to be socialising online rather than doing the job for which they are paid’.