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The Difference between a Journalist and an Academic
on March 12, 2014
Prior to this, I read Liquidated by Karen Ho, an anthropologist who worked on the inside and had similar tales to tell of Wall Street. Kevin Rose is a journalist, and there is a significant difference on how the "story" of Wall Street is told. Both books are worth the read, so my comment should not be construed as a criticism of Karen Ho's. Kevin Roose provides a lighter read on the subject, but it is a good read because he focuses more on the stories of individuals and how their lives change. Kevin was not an insider, but through the lives of first year analysts that he followed, you begin to understand the transformation or solidification of personal values through the first two years of the Wall Street machine. It's not just reporting, Roose tells their story as a story teller. His role as a journalist is significant because only the presence of journalist would have been the catalyst for the reaction when his cover at a Wall Street banquet was blown. That reaction tells you a lot about how Wall Street bankers think - they don't deny their money-centric value system. They relish in it.