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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Rushkoff on the Credit Crisis

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Douglas Rushkoff handles the current financial crisis in his latest piece for Arthur magazine. Read it on his blog here. It's long, so here are some money quotes:

The mortgage and credit crisis wasn’t merely predictable; it was predicted. And not by a market bear or conspiracy theorist, but by the people and institutions responsible. The record number of foreclosures, credit defaults, and, now, institutional collapses is not the result of the churn of random market forces, but rather a series of highly lobbied changes to law, highly promoted ideologies of wealth and home ownership, and monetary policies highly biased toward corporate greed.
And this:
. . . the biggest industry in America—maybe the only real industry left—is credit itself: money is lent into existence by the central bank, and then lent again to regional banks, savings and loans, and eventually to you and me. Each bank along the way takes its cut; the final borrower is the only one who has to figure out how to pay it back, with interest, by the close of the contract.
And this:

Participation in business or, in most of our cases, land or home ownership, means helping put those wheels of the credit industry in motion. And the more we push, the more momentum they gain, and the more influence they have over an increasingly large portion of our experience. Reality becomes defined by credit sectors, and our time is consumed more each day with wondering how we’re going to pay back what we’ve borrowed.


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Spinning the Veep Debate Beforehand

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ever since Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain's running mate, we've all looked ahead to her debate with The Orator Joe Biden. On the face of it, the debate is tee'd up for Biden, a politician with a 36 year career in the nation's highest deliberative body. But a more nuanced view of Thursday's debate emerged early on as well.

Biden better be careful, this view goes, not to beat Sarah Palin too badly in the debate. He needs to make sure he doesn't bully her around and so come off as mean and ugly. Proponents of this view (many of whom are Biden's Democratic congressional colleagues) point to the 1988 Vice Presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.

And in fact, McCain surrogates hit the talk shows early this week to begin spinning the debate that way, four days beforehand. "Gotcha Questions," is what they're predicting, which, of course, come from the school of "Gotcha Journalism" that seeks to crush the loveable Governor.

Let me just say right now that for Biden to try to dial it down during the debate would be a mistake. Dial it down is not Biden's M.O., and if he tries to make it so he will have squandered one of the best chances the Obama ticket is going to get to show voters the stark, stark difference between itself and the McCain alternative.

Biden needs to do what Biden does best. Attack, rail, embellish, pound the lectern, point, whisper--whatever he has in his bag of rhetorical tricks needs to come out. Biden vs. Palin is a tremendous asset for Obama. And if you let your opponent turn your assets into liabilities, you've already lost.


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Mental Health Break: Hope for the Royals

Some quick-and-dirty math for all those starry-eyed Royals fans.

Dayton Moore was hired as the Royals General Manager in 2006.

In 2005 the Royals won 56 games.

In 2006 (the year Moore took over) the Royals won 62 games (an improvement of 6 games)

In 2007 the Royals won 69 games (an improvement of 7 games)

Now, with 2008 in the books, we can say that the Royals won 75 games (another improvement of 6 games).

The team is getting better.

If they maintain their rate of improvement over the last three seasons and add 6 to the "win" column in 2009, that will match the number of wins the Cleveland Indians had this year. They finished 7 games out of first place.

If they add another 6 wins in 2010, that's an 87-win season. That's one win less than both the White Sox and Twins accumulated this regular season, and they're tied for first place.

Just sayin'.


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More on Lies

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shankar Vedantam at the Washington Post explains why fact-checking is a useless exercise in a political campaign. Money quote:

As the presidential campaign heats up, intense efforts are underway to debunk rumors and misinformation. Nearly all these efforts rest on the assumption that good information is the antidote to misinformation.

But a series of new experiments show that misinformation can exercise a ghostly influence on people's minds after it has been debunked -- even among people who recognize it as misinformation. In some cases, correcting misinformation serves to increase the power of bad information.


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Bill Moyers on The Efficacy of Lying

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On his September 12th show, Bill Moyers gives this phenomenon the metaphor it needs:
. . . news cycles once measured in hours, are now measured in minutes and second. We live inside a media hurricane, an unrelenting force of attacks and counterattacks hatched in partisan quarters and hurled into cyberspace with such velocity the poor little truth is blown away like signposts on the gulf coast. Try getting a false or misleading charge retracted once it's made. You cannot un-ring a bell. Try and you'll find yourself an "enemy of the people." One Republican official told journalists in St. Paul, "We will get with you if you keep messing with us." And as John McCain and Sarah Palin barnstormed the nation this week, crowds that came out to see them booed members of the press.

"You cannot un-ring a bell."

Thank you Bill.


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What's on Your Ballot?

Thanks to SmartVoter, I now know that I will be asked to vote on this question in November:

Shall certain farm animals be allowed, for the majority of every day, to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around?
The real question, I think, is if they shall be allowed to do the hokey-pokey and to turn themselves around. I mean, that's what it's all about.

The full text of the Proposition 2 (also known as the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act) can be found here.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Cathleen Decker validates what I've been complaining about for weeks now: in presidential politics, lying is effective. Money quote:

". . . a campaign adage has proved itself again: Repeat something often enough, and it becomes real, even when it isn't."


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Restaurant Wars

Friday, September 12, 2008

I'm delighted to find myself on this blog, even though it gives the lie to my belief that I was an excellent waiter, especially with the large tables.


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McCain's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ads

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What a week for the McCain advertising staff. They've put out four ads this week, and the nonpartisan operation Factcheck.org has called out every single one of them. First, this ad claiming that Obama is trying to "destroy" Governor Palin, an ad which makes use of a quote from Factcheck itself:

Per Factcheck:

They call the ad "Fact Check." It says "the attacks on Gov. Palin have been called 'completely false' ... 'misleading.' " On screen is a still photo of a grim-faced Obama. Our words are accurately quoted, but they had nothing to do with Obama.
If you're going to out Factcheck Factcheck, you better get your facts straight.

Next was the ad that Joe Klein said was one of the sleaziest ads he's ever seen:

You won't see a more direct attempt to exploit the explosive intersection of the two biggest taboos in America: race and sex. Again, Factcheck:
Obama, contrary to the ad's insinuation, does not support explicit sex education for kindergarteners. And the bill, which would have allowed only "age appropriate" material and a no-questions-asked opt-out policy for parents, was not his accomplishment to claim in any case, since he was not even a cosponsor – and the bill never left the state Senate.
Finally, there is the spot just released claiming that Obama is trying to "belittle" Governor Palin:

The worst part of this one is the shot of Obama's clenched jaw overlaid with the scolding narrator's voice: "How disrespectful." Why not throw a "boy" on the end of that for good measure?

Once again, Factcheck:
The new McCain-Palin ad "Lashing Out" begins like an earlier ad we criticized, with its reference to Barack Obama's celebrity, but then goes down new paths of deception. It takes quotes from news organizations and uses them out of context in an effort to portray Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, as unfairly attacking Sarah Palin and making sexist remarks. We've long been a critic of candidates (Obama included) usurping the credibility of independent news organizations and peddling false quotes, and this ad is particularly egregious.
Surely this will backfire?


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Acquire the Fi---Deleted!

"Hi, Rocky, this is ______ with Acquire the Fire Youth Ministries. I just hope your day's just going awesome and you're being blessed by the Lord today . . ."

Oh, man. How did these guys get my number?


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Chasing the Skaters

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It was told me on my first day at the church: we have to chase away the skaters.

Well-intentioned kids though they may be, we have to chase away the skaters.

Though they be covered with helmets and pads, we have to chase away the skaters.

Through eight months on the staff here I have shirked this responsibility, feigning ignorance on almost every occasion. But when I returned to the building this afternoon and found my way to the office blocked by a crowd of six junior high schoolers kicking, flipping, and jumping their boards over backpacks on the patio, I had no escape. To walk through that crowd and utter nary a word of reproach would be bald insubordination.

I am no insubordinate (Jesus may have been; I am not. Yet).

So I forced a friendly, "What's up guys?" and a jovial self-introduction before spitting on their community. "We can't have you guys skating here," is how I put it. "You can hang out here, but you can't be on your skateboards."

Of course, they weren't surprised by this. This was certainly not the first time someone has chased them out of here, and it was most definitely not the first time they've been run off, for that experience is as central to the culture of skating as water is to surfing.

I asked where else they can skate. "Way up there," indicated one with a wave of his arm towards the high school, about a mile away.

"Not at the junior high?" I asked, hopeful.

"No," another one answered. "They kicked us out."

So here I am, pastor at a church, and forced to see the presence of vibrant and creative kids as a problem, forced to see them through a litigious lens as a threat and so to disperse their company with sighs and grumbles.

There has to be a better answer.
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Liar (WaPo's Version)

Following up on an earlier item, the Washington Post has a story today about untruths becoming facts before they're undone. Money quote:
As the presidential campaign moves into a final, heated stretch, untrue accusations and rumors have started to swirl at a pace so quick that they become regarded as fact before they can be disproved.
Again, once a claim has been established as true, twice as much work has to be done to undo it.


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Nothing New Here

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen has an Op-Ed in yesterday's paper where he claims that Obama is being swiftboated, and that he needs to be tougher in responding to it. Money quote:
What Obama does not understand is that he is being Swift-boated. The term does not apply to a mere smear. It is bolder, more outrageous than that. It means going straight at your opponent's strength and maligning it. This is what was done in 2004 to John Kerry, who had commanded a Swift boat in Vietnam. Kerry had won three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star and emerged from the war a certified hero. It was that record that his opponents attacked, a tactic Kerry thought so ludicrous that he at first ignored it. The record shows that he lost the election.

The swiftboating of Obama began before Palin's and Guiliani's now infamous "community organizer" jabs. It started at least over the summer with the release of the McCain campaign's "celebrity" ads. Those ads made the claim that Obama is "the biggest celebrity in the world," an obvious attempt to cast the Senator's worldwide recognition and popularity as a liability.

There's little doubt that the ad found its mark among voters. But where it really succeeded was in its effect on Obama. When Obama had a packed stadium of 80,000 people and a television audience of millions more for his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, he chose to "dial down the rhetoric" and "get in gear" with an address heavy on policy details and light on soaring rhetoric. He didn't, after all, want to look like a celebrity.

Look, Obama's celebrity and his community organizing are strengths--great, great strengths. The McCain camp's job is to attack those strengths as weaknesses, not just on technical merit, but on the basis of Obama's character. A "celebrity" is not a statesman; a "celebrity" is rich, spoiled, and out of touch.

You'll notice that McCain's convention speech offered little-to-no policy details and relied heavily on moving rhetoric around the central narrative of that Senator's campaign, his experience as a POW. So after spooking Obama into giving a relatively tame address and thus squander the biggest mass audience he was ever going to get, McCain stepped right in and gave that audience what it really wanted: a celebrity.


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Monday, September 08, 2008

Back in June, I read this op-ed in the New York Times. It contains the very juicy claim that "Even when a lie is presented with a disclaimer, people often remember it as true."

The rest of the piece explains how our brains remember things. In short, the human brain does not simply store facts like a computer hard drive. Instead, facts are initially stored in the hippocampus, but then every time we remember those facts, our brain processes and restores them all over again.
In time, the fact is gradually transferred to the cerebral cortex and is separated from the context in which it was originally learned. For example, you know the capital of California is Sacramento, but you probably don't remember how you learned it.
So if a piece of information--say, that Sarah Palin killed the Bridge to Nowhere project--is initially stored as true, subsequent revelations that the information is not true have to work twice as hard to win your brain's ultimate allegiance. Point/counterpoint doesn't work with this stuff. It needs to be more like point/COUNTERPOINT or point/COUNTERPOINTCOUNTERPOINTCOUNTERPOINTCOUNTERPOINT.

You get the idea. And even then there are no guarantees.

Which is what allowed Governor Palin to repeat the claim about the bridge last week during her speech at the Republican National Convention. Even though the previous week had seen the claim thoroughly debunked, the chance to seed such a symbolic idea in the brains of millions of voters was too good to pass up.

Subsequent fact-checks and Daily Show riffs will only raise the indignation of those who knew it to be a misstatement to begin with. Because Palin's intended audience, for whom she had already, in a span of only days, become an emblematic locale for their emotional commitment, has now had that claim deposited in their brain as a fact not once, not twice, but multiple times.

And every time they recall it, their brain processes it as a "fact" one more time, and her symbolic standing as a "maverick" is further and further cemented.


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Biden Reacts to Republican Convention

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Money quote:

"Oh I love your dress. Was that your mother's?"


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Biden on Dowd on Biden on Biden

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Mo Mo Do brings up further allegations leveled by Maureed Dowd against Joe Biden during his 1987 run for President.

Who knew there was a blog dedicated singularly to Maureen Dowd?

The comment goes like this: "Dowd was also leaked from a Republican t proof that Biden was frequently using Robert Kennedy's speeches without attribution. You can see the quotes here."

The link takes you to a Dowd article from September 16 with the headline "Biden Is Facing Growing Debate On His Speeches." The article lines out a quote from RFK and places it next to an excerpt Biden gave to the California Democratic Convention. Needless to say, there are obvious similarities.

Biden recounts the RFK riff in his memoir, Promises to Keep:
Later that day the San Jose Mercury News was calling. They wanted a response to new allegations. Hadn't I used a Bobby Kennedy quote without attribution in a speech in California, and a Hubert Humphrey line in another? I'd never tried to hide those quotes, but now I was finding out that one of my speechwriters had inserted an RFK line into the speech in California without telling me. People from the Hart campaign had brought it up then. Newsweek correspondent Howard Fineman would refer to the hubbub a few days later as somewhere between a traffic ticket and a minor misdeameanor, but I knew what was happening. There was a hint of blood in the water, and it was mine. These reporters who kept calling, none of whom had any personal experience of me, were starting to see the emergence of a pattern . . . a character flaw. Until then I hadn't seen it coming, or I thought I could handle it. But the alarm bells went off for Jill right away. They were questioning the one thing she saw as my greatest strenght--and something I would never be able to defend with words alone. 'Of all the things to attack you on,' she said, almost in tears. 'Your integrity?' (p. 190-191)
"A speechwriter did it" seems a weak answer to a plagiarism charge. After all, you're ultimately responsible for the words that are coming out of your mouth.

All the same, Biden's contention has always been that to use the language of those who have come before is to honor them and bring them into conversation with todays problems.

As the Governor said of Todd: Biden's still my guy.


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Community Organizing IV: Ill Doctrine

Friday, September 05, 2008

Jay Smooth reacts to Guiliani and Palin (at about the 1:10 mark).
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Community Organizing III: Rushkoff Weighs In

Our beloved Douglas Rushkoff blogs today about the Palin and Guiliani speeches on Wednesday night and the scorn those speeches heaped on community organizing. Read the post here. Here's a money quote:
In their attack on community organizing - a word combination they pretended they didn’t know what it meant - Giuliani and Palin revealed their refusal to acknowledge the kinds of bottom-up processes through which our society was built, and through which local communities can begin to assert some authority over their schools, environments, and economies. Without organized communities, you don’t get the reduction in centralized government the Republicans pretend to be arguing for. In their view, community organizing as, at best, equivalent to disruptive and unpredictable Al Qaeda activity.

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Biden on Biden

Because Michael dropped the plagiarism dig against Biden , let's review the history ("Please let's not," I can hear you cry).

The allegations surfaced during the Senator's 1987 run for the Democratic nomination for president, a nomination that ultimately went to Michael Dukakis, who was soundly thumped by George H.W. Bush. On September 12th of that year, an article ran in the New York Times with the headline: "Biden's Debate Finale: An Echo from Abroad." Its author was the inimitable Maureen Dowd. That article featured some serious prose positing that Biden had lifted entire sections of British Labor Party politician Neil Kinnock's stump speech without attribution. Biden, the article said, "lifted Mr. Kinnock's closing speech with phrases, gestures and lyrical Welsh syntax intact for his own closing speech at a debate at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 23 - without crediting Mr. Kinnock."

It's true. Absolutely true. Here's Biden's account of his speech at the Iowa State Fair, as recounted in his 2007 memoir, Promises to Keep:
When we left the stage, one of my staff members grabbed me and said, 'You know you didn't mention Kinnock?' I hadn't found a place to stop and slip in the standard attribution. There was a big pack of reporters who had climbed up on the stage to talk to candidates and their proxies.

All I had to do was gather the reporter and say, Hey, folks, I want to make it clear, on the record, that was a bit I end my stump speeces with, and I should have credited Kinnock. I didn't say, 'as Kinnock said.' I should have. I always do. It's his language.
I wish I had. (p.186)
Here, also, is his account of the Dowd article.
I don't remember Maureen Dowd being at the Iowa State Fair, and I don't remember her ever being out on the road with me, but she'd clearly done some reporting in the weeks since the fair. Deep in the story Dowd noted that I had credited Kinnock at various campaign appearances in August . . .

But nowhere in the story did she mention that she'd received a copy of a videotape with my State Fair close and a copy of the Kinnock ad from Dukakis's campaign. Nor did she report that the Dukakis campaign had also peddled the tape to the Des Moines Register and NBC News. (p. 190)
It was a piece he regularly used (and was known to other reporters for using), and a piece he always attributed. Except at the Iowa State Fair on August 23rd.

A week later, another New York Times story ran, this one by E.J. Dione, the guy you've been hearing analyzing the conventions for NPR the last two weeks. That story was the fruit of Dionne's chasing a nugget about Biden getting caught plagiarising a paper in law school. The headline read, "Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not 'Malevolent'. It lead with this paragraph:
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., fighting to salvage his Presidential campaign, today acknowledged ''a mistake'' in his youth, when he plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school.
Here is how the Senator (who was at the time presiding over the Senate confirmation hearing of Reagan's Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork) recalls reading the Dionne article:
Buried in the piece was the recollection of Robert Anderson, who had been in the faculty meeting where my case came up. He said the question of my mistake had been such small potatoes he hadn't even remembered it. 'It is not an uncommon occurence for a freshman to get screwed up on the acknowledgment he should have used,' Anderson had told the Times reporter. (p. 202)
Here, for what it's worth, is Biden's account of the actual law school plagiarism incident:
About six weeks into the first term I botched a paper in a technical writing course so badly that one of my classmates accused me of lifting passages from a Fordham Law Review article; I had cited the article, but not properly. The truth was, I hadn't been to class enough to know how to do citations in a legal brief. The faculty put my case on the agenda of one of their regular meetings, and I had to go in and explain myself. The deans and the professors were satisfied that I had not intentionally cheated, but they told me I'd have to retake the course the next year. They meant to put the fear of God in me; the basic message was that I had better show some discipline or I'd never get through the first year. But the dean of the law school wrote a note to the dean who oversaw my work as a resident advisor: 'In spite of what happened, I am of the opinion that this is a perfectly sound young man.' (p. 36)
The long-and-short of the '87 reporting was that Biden dropped out of the race. That, more or less, is the story.

Obviously, it serves one's interest to describe such failings in the "aw, shucks" tone so given to memoirs like Promises to Keep. For a politician, these are not light allegations. But Biden has never treated them lightly. He has described the infractions as being born of a lack of discipline, laziness, and arrogance. He has been his own worst critic in the matter.

Anyway, there's your history lesson for the day.


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Community Oranizing II

CNN's Roland Martin on Palin's mockery of Community Organizers:


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Biden on Leadership

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Check out this video from Biden's 1988 run for President in which he argues with a reporter over his "credentials" at the time. The payoff in the clip is the riff on the leader's task of "changing attitudes."


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Biden on Palin's Speech

"When we debate -- and, boy, she's going to be a tough debater, she's going to be a skillful debater -- I'm going to try to talk about the differences of our worldview here and what we're going to do for the country."

"I didn't hear the phrase 'middle class.' I didn't hear a single word about health care. I didn't hear a single word about helping people get to college."

Atta boy, Joe.

From CNN's "American Morning" today.


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Palin Lies, Lies, and Then Lies Some More

That bleeding heart tool of the angry left, the Associated Press, does some fact-checking on Palin's speech last night. Read the whole piece here.

Here's a tasty taste:
PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."
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Community Organizing

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What is there to mock about that work? Both Palin and Guiliani ripped on Obama's experience as a community organizer tonight. For Guiliani is was a sort of inside joke among conservatives that all he had to say was, "community (pause, pause) organizer" and hearty chuckles spread throughout the room.

Palin's line had something to do with the difference between an organizer and a mayor being that a mayor actually has to make decisions. Something tells me she hasn't the faintest idea what a community organizer on the south side of Chicago would do all day.


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The Producer (Let's Do Lunch)

The three of us are having lunch at the Black Cow Cafe on a busy Tuesday. Rather, The Producer and I are having burgers, while the daughter is sleeping in her car seat on a chair next to us. Every bite I take of my "Frisco Burger" produces stringy sauteed onions cascading out of the bun and onto my chin. It's truly delightful.

The Producer is tired. He's just back from a weekend in Denver, and after our lunch he's headed to the office--the new office. The production company had to move from Beverly Hills to Hollywood, since the landlord kept driving up the rent. No matter, I think, Hollywood's a better locale for a production company anyway. I don't speak this.

His grizzled appearance bespeaks more oppression today than carefree style. After 18 months of struggling to get a project off the ground, he still has nothing to show for it. There are things in the works, but in the works stopped being exciting about six months ago. Now the lack of a concrete success to point to causes The Producer to question whether this business is for him.

I listen, sympathetic. I want The Producer to have success. I've enjoyed a few stolen moments in which to watch him do what a producer does, explaining to an angry director why timelines keep getting extended, demanding that a production company commit to a project or back the Hell off; he's really good.

But he's really earnest, and everything I've seen about the entertainment industry, every bit of anecdotal wisdom about it, says that the earnestness of the young is nothing but the grist for other people's mills--namely older, better-connected, wealthier peoples' mills. All this business needs to get one over on you is the ounce of trust you put in it. And by the time you discover what's going on, it's too late.

It's not yet too late for The Producer. There are promising projects on the radar. But if one of them doesn't come through soon, I don't know how much longer he'll be able to hang in. Frankly, for his sake, I hope not that much longer. There are enterprises in the world more deserving of his earnestness than this one.


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