Nortel Insider – by Desk Jockey

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Removing the Nortel Downfall Videos

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Update: The videos have been restored due to public popularity for them.

The Nortel Downfall videos were created as a way to provide some much needed entertainment and morale for employees during this tough time. With layoffs looming and the future uncertain laughter is sometimes the best medicine. Sometimes even the smallest of things can brighten a person’s day.

However it seems that lately they have been accomplishing the exact opposite. This was never the intention and for that I apologize.

Additionally, Bo (Gowan) and Jay (Barta) are both loyal and hardworking Nortel employees and I do not want to be seen as pitted against them. Because of these reasons I am doing the right thing and removing the Nortel Downfall videos from public viewing.

Please feel free to provide your comments.


Written by Desk Jockey

March 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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  1. It seems odd to me that the Nortel folks offended by these videos have time to watch them, given what is happening at Nortel.

    I suggest if you are offended by something, don’t watch or read it. No-one is forcing you to do so.

    I am disappointed with you Desk Jockey for caving into this pressure.

    Mel Brooks made a successful parody of Hitler in his 1968 movie “The Producers”. So the “some people might be offended” excuse is not valid, considering that Brookes is Jewish himself.

    Happy Ex-Norteler

    March 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

  2. It will be difficult to find another setting to depict the flat-lining of Nortel over the past 6 yrs via the absence of true leadership and vision, the misuse of power, the triumph of arrogance over humility, and last but not least, the “always on” pedantic attitude from the BoD and Executive Leadership toward subordinates and related parties (read shareholders).

    The videos served their purpose and if I had to point to anything unfair about them, I would say that the BoD didn’t get its proportionate share of blame and exposure.

    Nortel watcher

    March 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm

  3. DJ,

    I think your commentary and humour have been completely without malice or ignorance, miles away from the crap as displayed by some commenters on other NT blogs (Grim Reaper on AAN for instance,) The recently announced TEMPORARY exclusion of the 9 NT execs, including Mike Z, from KEIP coverage will most likely be followed by a revamped and likely more benficial package for them. Your video may just be a series of ironic comment when the underlying truth comes out. I might also point out that Bo Gowan has deleted dissenting comments from his blog. As well, IMHO NT employees will likely be more upset at their tretment by the company than your blog, and NT PR’s focus upon your commentary is a mere attempt to divert attention away from what has been a terrible business practice.



    March 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

  4. Are there any readers of the Nortel Insider website who are terminated Nortel employees, who wish to have representation in the Nortel Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act Proceedings that will fight vigorously using all the tools available under CCAA in the courtroom and other strategies outside of the court to have your termination payments, severance payments and other amounts due to you paid in full? If so e-mail me at

    We have recently won a $190 million full cash settlement for 1,770 families owning Non Bank Asset Backed Commercial Paper, the only group of owners who did so in Canada’s largest CCAA proceeding that restructured $32 billion of credit in 20 Non Bank ABCP trusts.

    When you e-mail me, I can provide more details about our plan.

    Diane Urquhart

    March 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm

  5. Sorry to see the videos go. Thanks for posting and creating them! They were great and to the point. It is clear that Nortel execs would go to all extents to choke any criticism of themselves… I guess they are full of s**t and they know it.

    still with Nortel

    March 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  6. DJ – why not just find another creative way of expressing your ideas? It’s likely that most (if not all companies) would have the same official response, given the type of video. All of the comments indicate that it’s your ideas that made people laugh. You just need a different (more appropriate?) backdrop.


    March 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm

  7. Sorry to see that they got to you…

    The videos have been one of the few bright spots during the last months. Thanks for providing that.




    March 8, 2009 at 10:09 pm

  8. An ability to laugh at our miseries and tough times and be a critic of ourselves, ability to hold a thought in our mind without accepting it, is a sign of maturity.

    When people can laugh at themselves and be matured enough to receive critics and comments without getting intolerent or getting upset ….are the ones who can improve in their life, for they are open enough to see what they have not been seeing!…

    Its just matter of time that social humor becomes an extinct species….

    Thinking hearts!

    March 9, 2009 at 1:21 am

  9. Knowing the wrongs are exposed and documented gives some form of relief for those being punted around within Nortel. The employees and executives are going to have to realize when you are in “power” your decisions effect many others dramatically there will be fall out. Ask any Hollywood actor or president who took the firing lines for issues, stances or comments.

    Besides do people really think we equate the executives with Natzi Germany?! Come on people, it’s a joke! Would you rather we all form a circle and sing Kumbaya?!

    Change the channel if it offends you that much. We should not let the wimpering of the minority overrule the wants of the majority. You can’t please everyone.



    March 9, 2009 at 8:28 am

  10. Don’t take them down, they provide humor in a dark period. The execs at Nortel are portrayed in a light manner. Then there are the sheep, (I believe). Please do not tell me you are caving to the pressure. The videos must be popular.


    March 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  11. DJ,

    Your videos attracted tens of thousands of hits, because they were perceptive, spot-on and reflected the zeitgeist of a large number of current and ex-Nortel employees. If the leadership team had behaved with integrity and honesty, you would not have been inspired to release your productions.

    There are no opportunities for us to be represented, heard or heeded, and you have been able to be a voice of dissent.

    And above all, these excellent spoofs brought some much-needed comedic relief into a grim working atmosphere, and I hope that you don’t put away your editing gear for good.



    March 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  12. DJ,
    I`m really sorry to see these go, your a very talented person and I wish you the best in the future. I don`t feel you should have pulled them, now the (Execs)can do whatever they choose to do and it won`t be scrutinized. I feel the Videos gave the general employee base some hope that change was coming.


    March 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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  14. I worked at Nortel over 10 years but was laid off several years back – right around when Dunn was coming on board.

    I only recently discovered these videos and can only say: BRILLIANT! Monstrously entertaining.

    You, my friend, are a genius. (Not to be confused with GEnius.)

    Mi, a name I call myself

    May 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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