While my first reaction is to file this post under “greenwashing,” I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and a closer look. I can appreciate the perspective that Makower gives in his post. He discloses his connection to NBC yet maintains some distance. “What’s really going on here?” is his main question. While he doesn’t come right out and say it, it appears from his perspective that NBC may be positioning themselves to be best appreciated by those on the inside. And that’s not a bad tactic for a company to take.
Lauren Zalaznick, president of Bravo Media, who is Makower’s main NBC source for the post, is right to believe both that college students entering the workforce will be more likely to be attracted to a major coporation that has its finger on the green pulse and that,
“There’s no one more cynical than a disgruntled group of large conglomerate employees.”
Makower mentions that GE may be looking to spin off its media business and that NBC may be trying to look more appealing to potential buyers, but he doesn’t mention anything about GE’s effort to green their business. As much as I like to discredit any large corporation’s green efforts as greenwashing, I think there’s something here worth taking a closer look at. And hey, if they can get some of their customers who have never considered their environmental footprint to sit up and pay attention, all the better. Makower believes the approach is substantive.
I try to stay away from TV (who has time to watch TV when you’re running a blog?), but I wonder what the execution will look like. I’ll try to catch a few looks, but my guess is that some of this programming may come off as a little to sacharine sweet for most of us who really get the green movement. At first blush, their Green Week Web site looks a little thin and perhaps rushed.
But one thing’s for sure: you’ve got to start somewhere. The real test will be if NBC can maintain their newly minted angle. Makower says it himself,
“What happens after Green Week is over?”
As they say: The proof is in the putting.