With the advent of social media and seconds-long news cycles, the internet noise grows louder. Everyone is listening these days: new organizations, stock holders, businesses, special interest groups, and yes, the government. There are even websites devoted to "secure" areas where the noise can permeate.
The Internet, you see, is it.
Yet what about The Quiet?
The Quiet is the silent majority. The Quiet smiles and seems happy. The Quiet appears unaffected by policy changes and mandates. The Quiet doesn't mind typing. The Quiet follows rules.
At least for a while. The great cameleon.
So it comes as no surprise to The Quiet that the largest medical device company in the United States recently "purchased" another to avoid some taxes and improve its clout.
A Quiet move.
And what about the National Quality Forum (here) or the Institute of Medicine's (here) little conflicts of interest lapses? And those electronic medical record or insurance problems?
Shhhh. Say nothing. Smile. No big deal, remember?
Dinner conversations with sons and daughters. It's different now. Consulting, enginnering, finance, or maybe nursing. Why be trapped by debt and a dwindling supply of paid residency positions? There are other ways to help people. Explore them. See what you think. You're young, remember?
The Quiet is marking time, working hard, advising.