Why do all the stories end badly?

Since joining the PS roughly 18 months ago, there have been some neat articles published on the PS as a whole, or particular aspects within the PS. Anything that enters into a mainstream publication I find fascinating because you can see the comments left by the general public, where as many blogs based around the PS might only speak/be read by a particular audience.

I think for many in their undergraduate career, especially if they are from more rural areas, the PS isn’t necessarily a career choice that crosses their mind. If they end up applying, they might not know what the workplace will be like and so end up being lead to a numbr of different blogs, and of course mainstream publications.

This is where my frustration begins.

I remember shortly after starting, I had found the EX Files in the Ottawa Citizen.

Talk. About. Depressing.

After being around for a bit, I can see some of the circumstances that are mentioned in the files, but the files stop short of the whole story. The ending of them seems to regularly reflect a screw up/someone becoming disenchanted becuase of “the system”, etc. Due respect to those who become disenchanted, are those really the people that are the majority? Why are those the ones who are written about? There are countless members of the PS who come up against such circumstances, are successfully making changes, or are constantly working to improve ‘the system’.

The system isn’t some mythical beast that destroys all those who attempt to change it. Some might become disenchanted, and others might feel burnt out — but there is a community that exists that is working to change ‘the system’ in some big ways. The community is there to support each other, share ideas, and move forward.

Why aren’t the some EX Files on those?


One thought on “Why do all the stories end badly?

  1. Excellent point. It actually follows on something I was just discussing with people in my office this morning. The increasing number of public service employees now having this conversation online need to think about it – we need to make sure our blogs and tweets and everything else aren’t just used as an outlet for our own frustrations but also as a chance to talk about the good work that is done, the progress that is made, and the change that is happening.

    “Mainstream” media is rarely eager to talk about what works in government (and the public is rarely inclined to listen even if they do). As with so much else, it’s more interesting to talk about when something is broken. But we now have a much greater potential to tell our own story. It’s up to us to do so.

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