Should I sell out to The Man?
question by Dan Harris-Warrick, answer by an anonymous incarnation
The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Oh Oracle most wise, please tell this lowly supplicant...
>
> I'm torn between "fighting the Man" and "selling out to the Man."
> Could you give me the pros and cons of each?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Well, that depends on who "The Man" is. Let me help you get the ball
} rolling with an example comparison.
}
} If "The Man" is a World Heavy Weight Boxer
} Fighting the man: PRO
} Lots of publicity on ESPN
} Fighting the man: CON
} Could lose an ear (either knocked off or bitten off.)
} Selling out to the man: PRO
} Minor cash compensation
} Selling out to the man: CON
} It would cost you more to sell the very idea to him than you are worth.
}
} If "The Man" is the President Of The United States
} Fighting the man: PRO
} Lots of publicity on National TV
} Fighting the man: CON
} Arrested and beaten by the Secret Service and no chance of winning the
} trial.
} Selling out to the man: PRO
} Minor cash compensation
} Selling out to the man: CON
} "The Man" is "into" female interns and isn't interested in you.
}
} If "The Man" is CEO of Microsoft
} Fighting the man: PRO
} Lots of publicity on Network News
} Fighting the man: CON
} The last person to throw a pie at the man is still in jail.
} Selling out to the man: PRO
} Thousands to millions of dollars depending on the value of your
} product.
} Selling out to the man: CON
} Windows remains most widely used OS in the free world.
}
} If "The Man" is head of your department
} Fighting the man: PRO
} Lots of publicity around the water cooler.
} Fighting the man: CON
} Unemployment stress. Writing and rewriting your resume.
} Selling out to the man: PRO
} Weekly cash compensation. The continued opportunity to enjoy the
} grovelling of Dilbert & Wally.
} Selling out to the man: CON
} Weak cash compensation. Loss of your own self esteem by having to
} continually grovel like Dilbert & Wally.
}
} So, Supplicant,
} Decide exactly who "The Man" is in your case and then fill out a
} comparison chart similar to the one above. Then use logic to weight
} the merits of each as shown above. Make your choice based on which has
} the most value to you.
}
} You owe the Oracle consultation fees of $1000. Cash.
} Paying the Oracle:
} Continued opportunity to use the Oracle for pressing questions
} Not Paying the Oracle:
} Zadoc will be knocking on the door with the staff of ZOT later this
} week to break both your knees.

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