Monday, October 17, 2011

Night of the Living Dead

In chapter 6, Ronson travels to Shubuta, Mississippi, which used to be a thriving town but is now quite dead. Shubuta was home to a Sunbeam plant that made toasters, but Ronson learned that this company had many terrible CEOs. He was told that the company was run by madman after madman and the last CEO was Al Dunlap, who shut the plant down. Ronson wanted to learn more about Dunlap, and whether he really was a psychopath, so he met up with him at his lavish Florida mansion. When he gets to the house he discovers that it is filled with sculptures that are predators including lions, panthers, eagles, and hawks. During his visit Ronson is trying to discover whether Dunlap fits the characteristics that are listed on Hare's checklist. He finds that Dunlap fits many of these traits but is mainly missing the ones involving promiscuous sexual behavior. Dunlap denies that there is anything wrong with these traits and in fact calls them "Leadership Positives." Ronson briefs Hare on the visit with Dunlap, and Hare helps Ronson clear up a few points. He says at the end of the chapter that journalists love writing about eccentrics, so to get away with true, malevolent power, be boring.

I thought that chapter 6 was really interesting because it brought back the subject of psychopaths being in high positions such as a CEO. Dunlap seemed like a very weird and harsh guy. I agreed with Ronson, in that I think he is a psychopath. He was so mean and manipulative with the company and his employees, without feeling any remorse. Its scary to know that people like Dunlap are may be running huge companies and hold very high positions in our country. I also thought that chapter 7 was very intriguing. I thought it was really sad how they take advantage of people just so that they can be good entertainment on reality TV. I felt really bad for Deleese, the women who heard about how ugly her family thought she was but then ended up not getting her makeover.

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