frank detor 
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Re: “"i.i.i.i.i.e.e.e.e.e.*******!!!!!!"

For the perfect illustration of a bad analogy, see Peter Galuszka’s piece above. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I did attend yesterday’s i.e. event.) The premise of Mr. Galuszka’s criticism of the GRCC’s i.e. event is based on comparison between the GRCC and the State based Virginia BioTechnology Research Park – there is little similarity beyond the fact that the two entities are featured in today’s RTD. Mr Galuska’s comparison begins:

“There's one article shamelessly promoting the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce's new "initiative" with the cute name of "i.e.*" which purports to tell the world just how creative people in the city are.

Right next to it is a story telling us that Richmond's showcase example of "innovation," the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park "is doing well" but otherwise is in such dire financial straits that it is raising its parking fees and "voluntary" assessments of tenants.”

Mr. Galuszka goes on to state that the “state has never paid a dime for the park which has produced only three actual incubated and gone-public companies. Two moved away and the other is bankrupt. Therein lies the rub. Money.”

I agree with Mr. Galuska’s implied lamentation around a lack of funding for the BioTech Center. However, nowhere do I see the GRCC initiative focusing on – or needing funding. Nowhere on the i.e. website do I see a request for funds. To Mr. Galuszka’s own description, “The three-year program is supposed to highlight "world class" creative talent here in Richmond.” It doesn’t mention the need for money (unlike the BioTech center). Your opening criticism, Mr. Galuska, is flawed.

Another point worth mentioning is Mr. Galuska’s ability to take items out of context. Specifically, the statement “But if you look at the Chamber's Website, you find examples such as a young girl who regards "teal" as her favorite color and another individual who started a shoe store in Carytown. Sounds very creative.” I believe the “favorite color” is in reference to a single question from the more comprehensive Proust Questionnaire. Mr. Galuska might enjoy the answer to other questions, such as “What quality do you most admire in a man?”

Mr. Galuska’s other dismissal, the “shoe store in Carytown,” is an example of a rather hasty generalization. I believe the retail sector was one of the hardest hit during the recession – so while this might be a leap in reason – to open a retail clothing store during a recession would require a great deal of creativity. Again, the supporting elements of your argument are flawed Mr. Galuska.

Finally, I’m puzzled as to how Mr. Galuszka’s ad hominem attack on the Martin Agency supports his argument that venture capital and funding are the “rub” for Richmond. (“The Martin Agency, the leading advertising shop that is an authentic Richmond claim-to-fame, is a big player in "i.e.*." Too bad advertising is just what it is — presenting an image someone wants you to believe.) What is the relevance, Mr. Galuska, to the Martin Agencies industry, to the Region’s need for funding?

I appreciate that Mr. Galuszka’s is an “opinion” piece – but that is no excuse for egregious fallacies of argument.

Posted by frank detor on 06/24/2011 at 3:45 PM

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