Letters: Food, Facebook, Wall St. jobs

Marketplace Staff Jun 9, 2010

Letters: Food, Facebook, Wall St. jobs

Marketplace Staff Jun 9, 2010


Kai Ryssdal:Who knew we had so many foodies out there listening? We had a veritable smorgasbord of comments about our story on food paparazzi last week — whether bloggers who snap photos of food are a help or a hindrance to the restaurant business.

Former executive chef Heather Turner says there’s no question.

Heather Turner: It’s just inconsiderate.

Because, Heather says, those photo-happy foodies often cause a scene.

Turner: And waiters and waitresses are trying to go by with full trays, and you’ve got families with kids trying to be seated, and they’ve got to wait until these people are finished, because they’re really picky about how they take their shots a lot of them.

Gayle Keck is a food blogger in San Francisco who — no surprise — sees things differently.

Gayle Keck: Bite-seeing is the new sight-seeing. I always try to be respectful of other diners when I photograph food in a restaurant, and I hope others will too. But, please, chefs, don’t forbid what often helps prolong the pleasure of an often high-ticket experience.

Some of those food photos end up on Facebook pages, where your privacy settings decides who sees ’em and who doesn’t. We told you about Facebook’s new privacy rules last week and users’ complaints that their personal tastes were shared too liberally with advertisers.

Dan Skiendziel wrote from Hillsdale, Mich. to say that users ought to take more responsibility for the information they offer up.

Dan Skiendziel: Don’t put anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want the world to see. And by the way, I would rather see advertising on my Facebook page that is relevant to me and my interests. Don’t need women’s underwear ads on my page.

All right. We’ve done a couple of stories about MBAs, Masters of Business Administration, lately. We took a trip up to Harvard to ask whether business students still feel jobs on Wall Street are worthy goals. Some said they planned to work in finance for a couple of years, make some money and then do something else, like nonprofit work.

Michael Reich from Glendale Heights, Ill., says once you get used to a high-paying job, though…

Michael Reich: Lifestyles beget lifestyles. I don’t know who told one graduate a significant number of Wall Street tycoons go off to work for nonprofits. On what planet does that happen?

We had Peter Escher on the program yesterday. Talking about the MBA Oath, a professional code of conduct along the lines of first, do no harm.

John Fleischman heard the interview. He’s a science writer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

John Fleischman: I enjoyed your piece on the proposed oath of ethics for MBAs, but I always thought that the Goldman Sachs oath of ethics was “yo ho ho!”

“A Pirate’s Life For Me (Yo Ho):” Yo ho yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot drink up me ‘earties…

Yeah, I’m not sure how the financial regulators would feel about that oath.

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