Analysts and Ethics
While making my usual round of Tech and/or Politics sites, I saw a link
and followed it to an article on a large, commercal, tech journal site.
The article was written by an anlyst working for a large, well known
frim that does this sort of thing.
Just to establish my objectivity (or lack thereof), his
article contained derogatory references to Linux and its advocates,
to which I strongly object.
But the assertion that really caught my eye was the following:
"As an analyst I have to be able to argue both sides of a position because often
we are asked to step in and help justify decisions that
have already been made (not a recommended practice but one too often used)."
I was stunned by this. I still am. My immediate reaction was: "This guy just told
the world that his opinion is for sale. He will advocate any position held
by whoever is currently paying him. He has no integrity and is proud of it."
And that is still my reaction. I can't beleive that anyone woud say this about
themselves in any context. That he said it in public, in print, amazes me.
Am I wrong about this? Is there some word I didn't understand? Am I naive?
You tell me.