Podcast #43: Susan Boyle, Sliders, iPods and Facebook

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This Week: Rich and Ben address Susan Boyle’s sudden rise to stardom, the appeal (and lack of appeal) of Sliders, and the cultural effects of the iPod. They also have a strong disagreement over the nature of Facebook.

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  • @Ben – RE Facebook: It sounds like you need a better class of friends. Get on it man.

    @Rich – Tech note: The closing theme makes it hard to hear anything said in the last thirty seconds or so. I’d either start it later, make it softer, of get a shorter clip.

    RE Facebook: While I’ve been happy to become reacquainted with a number of old friends through Facebook, some of my best interactions have been with people I see a couple times a week. I’ve noticed real growth in our relationships through using Facebook.

    RE Susan Boyle: As I mentioned on Carissa’s post, I think it’s a mix of our expectation that pretty packages contain pretty gifts (this is in strong operational existence during almost any Christmas white elephant exchange) and something probably more central: the idea that performers typically sell packages rather than just a single talent.

    The rule goes like this. If somebody wants to market a great talent, they do their best to pretty up the package containing the talent so that ugliness of any kind will be thwarted from interfering with the delivery of the talent. Hence: great novels are published with covers designed by high-paid designers like Chip Kidd, world-class pianists don’t perform in jammies, great tenors use cumberbunds to hide their enormous guts, world leaders have tailors, business people dress for success and work out and dye their hair and pluck their brows and cetera. Rightly or not, the societal standard for performance is a Neat Package.

    Conversely, the natural assumption (natural as based on years of societal programming) is that they who do not look the part, probably don’t have the talent to deliver—for if they had and they wished to be noticed (as Susan Boyle here surely did), then surely they would have taken more care with the package.

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