“It was an elaborate Hollywood production that we went through every year when the analysts were going to be there to impress them to make our stock go up,” former employee Carol Elkin said. […] Elkin said that it was all an act, and that no trades were actually made there. The people on the phones were talking to each other.
Truth informs fiction and fiction informs truth. It all makes me wonder how deep the deception went. Is it possible that even as they designed these trading rooms they knew it was a front? That seems incredible, but then again, what has already been revealed seems incredible. To some extent we all live on a movie set, and a variety of appealing fictions can be painfully withdrawn at any point. Disney specializes in blurring fact and fantasy into an indistinguishable amalgam, but greatly to their credit, Disney will actually give you behind-the-scenes tours that show how it all works: where the garbage goes, how the character actors get around, where the Freemasons meet to control the global economy, and so on.
In fact, reality tours are quite popular these days. From the Harry Potter tour of London to the Seinfeld Reality Tour of New York, you can take in show business presentations of real world locations where show business incidents took place. Whether or not these incidents “really” took place is open to philosophical interpretation. Who knows where the ground floor is anymore? Which leads us back to where we started: can we look forward to an Enron reality tour that showcases the talents of master showman Jeff Skilling, his faux high-tech trading floor, and the breathtaking special-effects magic of his artists in accounting?