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A Cult of Blame : Dov Charney VS Wallstreet

by Michael David Pagan


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I’m never surprised to see obnoxious headlines in my news feed.  Eye catching headlines have become a normalcy in this ocean of click bate called the World Wide Web.  With that said, I wasn’t surprised to bump into this article on Refinery 29, calling American Apparel a cult.

“I’m not offended.”

If I was a journalist I would be offended, but I’m not.  I’m a former American Apparel employee, and I don’t take offense at this at all.  I know that the author Alden Wicker is just trying to make her name as a journalist.  Good for her.  Matter of fact, give me your blog girl so I can follow it, and share it with my girlfriends.  And YEAH, I want yo Instagram too boo.

“It’s not my fault”

I don’t take offense at this because I both know who I am, and know that I loved working for American Apparel.  Not only because of Dov, because it grew my career massively, like many other people that worked there.  It was a very conscious choice like choosing to vote for a president.

The problem isn’t me, or my experience with my career.  The problem is that many of the people who read this will just re-entrench the false information that is really just a smear campaign against a former CEO of a publicly traded company.  PR is just that.  Anything to get your message out there.



information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

The problem with this article is that it reinforces victim mentality instead of overcoming oppression.  This is a problem in society at large.  We shouldn’t blame other people for the decisions we make or the people we follow.  We don’t have to agree with everything a leader does to follow him.  I’m sure people in Barack Obama’s Cabinet have questioned his decisions, as does any great leader.  But they follow out of obligation, or perhaps commitment.

Honestly, this doesn’t have anything to do with cults, this has everything to do with our societies trend of throwing the blame to other people.

The real problematic cult is:

“The Cult of Blame”

The cult of blame cannot take responsibility for it’s own actions.  The cult of blame talks about change, but doesn’t do anything.  The cult of blame perpetually highlights problems instead of creating solutions to those problems.

We have become a society of people that point fingers at others for the decisions we make.  Yes, oppression is rampant and there are legitimate concerns that are going on in the world, but it doesn’t change our response.  If we don’t rise up and take responsibility against oppression, we will continue to remain in a perpetual loop of victim mentality.

Let’s be different.  Let’s actually change the world.

I quote my own self on facebook in closing to this blog post.

“There is a strange trend in society to blame others for your own choices. Like there is some strange spiritual force that hypnotizes people out of their own will to serve the dark lord. It’s nonsense. People look at Steve Jobs like he’s a genius, and that guy was a maniac! I worked for Dov for 7 years at AA, and the primary objective was to make the business grow. I left the company peacefully, and without malice. To top it off, these ridiculous claims are made by a journalist who writes articles like “The Ultimate Halloween Playlist”, and “The Naked Dress Is Interesting Because The Naked Dress Is Impossible.” Not exactly an authority on Cults, but I do appreciate that she mentioned reverend moon, who my father Harry Pagan knew very well. Articles like these are called click bait. They are built to attract advertising money, and is no doubt connected to a Dov Charney slandering campaign; financed by the bankers that profit off the ignorance of the common man”


I didn’t edit this, but I still have love for you,

I hope you still love me,

Michael David Pagan

Disclaimer: This article is written in continuous beta.  I will change it at anytime I want, and change my opinion at anytime.  I love admitting I’m wrong, it helps me avoid it the next time around.  Let’s do it.

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My Story in 8 Seconds

By Michael D. Pagan

The average attention span in 2013 was 8-Seconds.  This figure is down from 12-Seconds in 2000.  With this in mind, I hope to bring you a message that comes quickly and carries you into our dialog.  The window for attention is short, but the story will prevail if the content is honest.  Let us be honest together.

  I’ve introduced myself to people many times in my life as I’m sure you have.  Each time, I explain the highlights of my career, aspirations, or self image.  I tell a story about who I believe I am.  This journal is the notepad where I say who I am.  I collect my stories, and thoughts here; be it professional or philosophical.  I don’t  claim to be enlightened or know all.  I share my experiences and opinions from my point of view, and hope to inspire others to think, and take action.  This is who I am, and the contents herein contain the stories that I perceive in my day to day life.  I hope to keep your attention for another 8-Seconds or more.


The Sand Dunes of Southern California | @michaelpagan

I love to tell stories. Living in the digital age, we have many platforms to express our thoughts and explain who we are. With those tools available, we have a platform unique to our own time never seen before in history.  Use the medium of exchange at hand, being across all mediums (text, photo, video, sound), and tell the story that only you can tell.  Use it like you’ve just discovered fire, or the printing press.


The Gardens of Pasadena, CA | @michaelpagan

The internet should be a beautiful place.  Sometimes I find myself lazily publishing to twitter, instagram, or other platforms without refrain.  There is a time to remove your filter and speak blatantly, but our culture could use some healthy restraint.  Be polite, and respectful to yourself and your message.


Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil | @michaelpagan

I challenge you to put your best foot forward and produce quality content for the web.  Content that inspires and brings our culture forward.  Content that is not lazy.  With all of the great stories we have, our message will be a great one.  Use your strength by choosing a medium you love and the 8 Second story will be compelling enough to stick around.

“I think, therefore I am”

René Descartes



I hope at this point I’ve gotten you to think.  Inspired by my friend @stella, here’s what I’ve been thinking about as well:


The time you’ve taken to read this excerpt is much appreciated.

your best friend,

Michael D. Pagan

Informal Disclaimer: This article is written in continuous beta.  I may change the content from time to time based on my own discretion. Additionally, I appreciate feedback and comments on any subject at hand.

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