Enron tilted it all. It is beyond postmodern. And now it is beyond the personal stories of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling and the jury will decide. Enron begot SOX.* Enron might begat another era, and symbolize one that comes from sitting straight rather than tilting back ready to go-go-go. The tilted story of Enron might be the final bookend to the specific era of American Postmodernism which, when coupled with the current administration, may come to be seen as penultimate institutions of truth-as-we-create it, top-down.
Maybe the new online media will be the combustion engine for the shift, the abettor in the drive to deconstruct the spin, the de-twisticator for truth. Especially for things that are taboo in the MSM. Like voting irregularities.
Or the logo might come to be seen as the "E" for "Everything Goes." Who knows. MotherPie on Postmodernism and Enron here. Historical truth will tell the meaning with its own twist, depending on the times.
When Ken Lay can't remember a lot of details and his yacht was named Amnesia, it makes one think. Former President Bill Clinton said it well when he put it all to the semantics of minutia. What is "Is" determines what was "Was." And when all is said and done and the story becomes a once-upon-a-time, what will the moral of the story be?
Well, from a mother, it makes one wonder if Enron might not have fallen apart as it did had Skilling stayed married to Sue.
More Enron Tilts:
"The verdict could turn on the defendants' words," says the sub-head of WaPo's trial wrap-up today by Carrie Johnson. It was fun and a conversation to blog about it, says WaPo's Frank Ahrens in his Enron Trial blog. "Sorry Excuses for Human Beings," blog headline here.
Political logo humor here. Enron film review here. Chron.com on the Fall of Enron.
*Sarbanes-Oxley, the legislation requiring more financial disclosure and transparency has become a real headache for corporations.