If Yahoo really wants to buy Tumblr and retain Tumblr users—rather than having us leave in droves—one thing they might try is to have Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reverse her asinine blunder of banning Yahoo employees from working at home. What if she publicly embraced working from home?
What if she did a sort of Howard Beale Network speech: “I don’t have to tell you things suck. Everybody knows things suck. Everybody’s out of work or working multiple jobs that pay for shit. The middle class is disappearing. Rich fuckers like me own the world and are raping the planet faster than they ever have. I told my employees they couldn’t work from home anymore, for Christ’s sake, and hardly anyone blinked! Well, I was wrong, and you should have told me I was wrong! Here we are trying to buy this damn company you all love for over one billion dollars, and the traitor founders are considering taking the offer, even though they have over 100 million users and could raise that amount with a Kickstarter campaign in probably a few hours. But I’ll tell you what: I’m woman enough to admit I was mistaken. I want as many of my employees to work from home as possible from now on. If we buy Tumblr, I want as many of their employees to work from the comfort of their own homes. I want to give Tumblr users props for blogging from their own damn homes or devices or wherever the hell they WANT to blog from. Because this is the Internet, baby, and the only freedom it has is the freedom we give it.”