The entertainment and communications industry got hit the hardest by #MeToo, which is very interesting and instructive.
The movement is not a universal phenomena. It never has been, and the most vulnerable of the predators mostly come from entertainment and journalism.
It is a case of media cannibalizing itself for various reasons: it is already weakened, represents a bygone era where people can relate less with their old-fashioned worldviews, making their actions dislikable to a general public, come off as arrogant villains, and the only people becoming interested in their travails are other people in the same profession.
Ronan Farrow's article on CBS Great Man Les Moonves is a very insular piece. The people most upset are those in the industry. Most people have no idea who he is, nor do they care. This is village gossip.
Broadcasting has been hit hard by the Internet and streaming services, such as Netflix; his clout is nowhere near what it is presented. The Great Men and Titans of Industry in this realm are shrinking every day.
The brouhaha is being amplified, but the Great Men are finding that when there is a first sign of not seeming perfect, those brutes in suits reveal their true nature, and corporate tribalism takes over, bringing them down.
But this works best for weakened industries. In this case, communications. They look for their weakest player, and cut them out. For CBS these days, they are in a legal battle with the Redstones, and it is a losing one. Moonves behaviour was open. If there wasn't a lawsuit, he could easily skirt the accusations, but the lawsuit gives the network a perfect excuse to jettison the troublesome cargo.
But Moonves is not behaving quite the same way as the most of the others on the #MeToo hitlist. There is still a shift, and a sign that the method is being studied and manoeuvres are beginning to emerge.
But it is still an in-house phenomenon. This is still mostly about the ugly reality of the Communications industries -- who they reward, and how those people got to the top.
It is a how the feints and ruses of certain predatory people, how they climbed to the top and the stratagems and games they played, and the scripts they followed to succeed.
It is also the reason why their influence collapsed: when communications was liberated, habits began to change, and new thinking patterns began to emerge.
Ones the predators and communications dictators had no control over, and when they their iron grip began to erode, those underneath them began to panic and revolt -- and why #MeToo took down many tinfoil titans in their wake.
But it is hardly the end of it -- and with a shift in tactics, it will take on a different course, much sooner than we think...