Updated March 8th Shane Smith says Vice is a trusted brand but he also describes it as a cult. For a complete journey down the rabbit hole start at Part 1. Is the article positive? Journalism is a self-regulated profession, and the common-thread rule is simple: So why does Shane think honesty stupid? Why does he call himself a Journalist? Dig a little deeper and his words start to defy gravity.
Instead they adhere to the laws of anti-gravity, the distortions of a brilliant salesman who has mastered the dark art of political doublespeak. While in Bosnia, he managed to do some reporting for Reuters , one of the most trustworthy sources of news. In founding Vice he did a lot of coke and was fueled by spite.
While intoxicated on his ninth appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast Shane Smith declared his billionaire status. When asked about the Shane mythology, Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice and friend since age 12 , tells a different story. According to McInnes, Shane lied about selling coke and being in a gang.
I fact-checked the gang affiliation by comparing it to the historical crime data and it leads me to side with the lunatic. What fictional home did he run away from? Upper-middle class Canadians from a sleepy government town. Shane was hired a year after he and Suroosh began the company. These fictions might be in response to the textured past of McInnes and fellow co-founder Suroosh Alvi. McInnes fought skinheads, and Suroosh kicked a nasty drug addiction.
Today, Suroosh is the sober one. He attended Lisgar Collegiate —87 from ages 13—17 — Lisgar is currently and historically one of the highest ranking public schools in Canada and the best ranked school in Ottawa. Did Shane write for Reuters while in Bosnia?
Shane distorts truth to obtain power. Both sources paint a pretty picture but according to data from glassdoor. Aldous Huxley, for reference, is an author that wrote about a dystopian dictatorship that perverted human values. Discouraging all forms of long-term thinking in support of short-term pay-offs.
When recalling a meeting with Google CEO Larry Page, Shane said that in silicon valley people come out of college with good financial knowledge: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: Reuters has a set of Trust Principles meant to prevent conflicts of interest in the way of every journalist. Where loyalty is earned not dictated. In reality, as facts turn out to be fiction, a reliable journalist will kill a story.
Would you scrap the work or spread short-term-profitable lies? Huddled Masses When Shane was asked about his employment practices he replied: