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Corporate culture is the NEW rock and roll (access required)

It's been one week since a New York Times report on the Tribune Co. and its corporate culture hit newsstands and the Web and the story is still generating chatter -- locally and nationally, online and in print. The story generated local interest for obvious reasons: Tribune Co. owns the Baltimore Sun, and its takeover of the daily paper and other prestigious media properties in January 2008, and its subsequent bankruptcy filing, have been closely monitored. More titillating than its "financial hubris," however, is the New York Times' account of "sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective" at the Chicago-based company. Call it Senior Executives Gone Wild (allegedly -- said senior executives have denied much of the bad behavior recounted in the story, and board members say the stand behind Tribune management and their leadership of the company). Three different people mentioned the story to me at last week's "TechNite" celebration, I guess because I work in media and so the assumption was I would naturally be interested in any corporate shenanigans at The Sun's parent company. And I suppose I am to an extent, in an I-can't-believe-what-I'm-reading sort of way. (Posting pictures of your office poker party on Facebook? Really? Plus, there's the unintentional comedy of a corporate memo containing the phrase, "News and Information is the NEW Rock n Roll.") What I'm more interested in, though, is the whole notion of corporate culture.