I think TNT made a mistake canceling Leverage.
Too low ratings, they say.
Who gives a shit about ratings? It's not about the ratings, it's about the fans.
Leverage, it's got the television x-factor. And hordes of raving fans to prove it.
But the almighty ratings don't match up.
Well guess what, ratings are about bell curves. It's about what the average thinks.
And the average never matters.
The top 20% are the only ones you need to pay attention to.
Big Dumb Companies don't get this.
It's not about bell curves. You want to cater to extremes. The 80/20 curve.
For people like us, who build tiny online businesses, we have to in order to survive.
And before long, Big Dumb Companies will need to get hip to how the world works.
If you want semi-decent ratings with a tv show, it needs to cater to everybody. That means it won't be polarizing, won't pack any emotional punch, and it'll be lame as shit. Like most TV is.
They might get decent ratings, but that's not a winning business model.
There's going to be a tiny percentage of people, the top 5%, who love everything you do.
You need to talk to them and IGNORE everyone else.
I don't care if you're a smalltime blogger or a major TV network.
That's what the game is about.
Every now and then something amazing comes along and gets cancelled or the schedule gets moved around all because of Ratings. (I'm thinking about Fringe). TV companies have their heads in their ass. But hey, they've got the average masses watching bland tv and all the ads that come along with it. They are convinced that's the way to making lots of money.
So you, me, and the rest of us that enjoy good shit will move to Netflix. Commercial free, significantly cheaper, and on demand. Yes please.
You got that right. Netflix gets it, too. And so do people like David Fincher. House of Cards is some of the best TV to come out since, you know, like, ever.
Not a huge fan of last season Fringe though. Heh.
In case anyone's interested, here's my top 10 list of favorite (current) shows... no particular order. Homeland, Dexter, Shameless (US), True Blood, Orange Is The New Black, The Newsroom, Banshee, Justified, House Of Cards, Californication.
I could go on forever on why each of these shows are awesome.
And no, the Walking Dead doesn't make the list. Jeez. It makes me vomit a little in my mouth.
Runners up include Breaking Bad, Person of Interest, Psych and How I Met Your Mother. Psych, because it's basically the funniest show of all time, and HIMYM not because of comedy. I hate sitcoms, usually. But because, like Leverage (which I really like right now) it's got the x-factor...
Weeds would have made the list if it was still running. I like Orphan Black so far but it's too early to tell. I like White Collar well enough cuz it checks all the right boxes for what it's meant to accomplish, but Graceland (the creator's new show) I don't like. It could be amazing but isn't. It's... um, dry.
I tend to watch things marathon-style. It's like batch processing. More efficient!
Finally, and ironically considering what I do, I don't watch Mad Men. I like the show in theory, but I can't watch it.
What most of the top 10 shows have in common is incredible writing. Justified in particular stands out. They've got a WAY lower budget than most "big" shows, but more than make up for it in script and storytelling.
So, there's a little about what I like in terms of worthless external stimulus! I'll stop. I can talk about TV for about forever. I have been known to win movie trivia contests.
This site is for people who want to grow exponentially; to improve their ability to improve themselves. Is this even possible?
Here's an exponential curve:
Making one positive change makes it easier to make more positive changes in future. So at first glance, it looks as though your rate of growth should keep growing, and that exponential improvements are possible.
But clearly you can't grow exponentially forever. We don't encounter people who've reached a "productivity singularity" where they can complete their daily tasks in five minutes, and spend the rest of their time reading time-management books (while jogging on a treadmill) to become even more efficient.
A lot of entrepreneurs seem obsessed with creating their life's work, their magnum opus, and leave behind some sort of legacy.
Sounds like a noble and purposeful thing to do. And, mostly, I think people find purpose within that, for lack of other things.
As I perceive it, the idea of legacy is incredibly dumb.
Who cares what people are going to think of you a hundred, a thousand years from now?
Who cares if you make the history books?