Usually, when people talk about “group think” they are condemning bad decisions. Yet when they talk about “consensus” they are implying that the group or crowd must be right.
When good leaders make bad decisions because advisers not only fail to speak up, but fail to even consider that better options may be available, that’s Group Think. When two people share the same view, and everyone else is afraid to speak, that’s Group Think. Group Think is when people not only fail to challenge the consensus, but fail to consider that the consensus may be wrong.
Look at almost any war, and you’ll find that the consensus behind at least one side’s leadership was wrong, and went largely unchallenged. However, war is politics by other means, and I do not wish to discuss politics.
Before getting into heated political mud fights I may wish to forget, I’ll talk about a “non-political” area, one where I’ve wasted time in debates that have turned ugly: film theory. Continue reading “Consensus or Group Think?”
There are many great films about entrepreneurship, and the importance of a great team. Two of my favourite are the first Ghostbusters (1984) and the first Cool Runnings (1993). I haven’t seen the remake of Ghostbusters, I’m not a real fan of remakes.
Now, here’s a little game: Which of these are you? Continue reading “Which Ghostbuster are you?”
At Ptara, I directed two microbudget feature films. Make that nanobudget.
One had a crew of two (excluding the three actors, who also crewed, and a few kids who helped out on sound one day), and the other was basically me editing a large variety of footage to make it coherent. There were challenges in both, and everyone learned a lot. And, what these films lack in production values is made up for in performance and storyline.
By contrast, Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” had a budget that was about 1000 times either of my films. He worked with a much more expensive kit and a more experienced cast and crew. Yet, “The Room” was filled with continuity errors, bad acting, and an incoherent plot.
Continue reading “The Disaster Artist (review)”
“SenatorJPO” appeared to be going places. He was an honors student at Wisconsin’s finest Universities, with a BA and MA to his name. Then he graduated and appeared to be lost in the reality of underemployment.
He’s now taking on the educational establishment, as well as public radio, with his own public service radio show. For two hours every Friday, SenatorJPO gives his “rebuttal” to the information (or misinformation) supplied by the WPR radio station run by the university. Continue reading “Review: WPR rebuttal”
Scientists in Nevada have proven that insulting people actually makes them want to do business with you.
If you accuse conservatives of being racist, or liberals of being traitors, they start to like you, says Dr. Maidup of Jusjoshing University in Southern Nemoland County. Generalizing about people who disagree with you, or labelling people who you disagree with as “bad people”, actually wins business.
Dr Maidup came to this conclusion by observing behaviour on LinkedIn. He observed many people who claim to be successful, and discovered that spend all day calling each other names and posting insulting political memes.
These people are so successful, that most of them don’t appear to have to work for a living. Rather than having jobs, they are consultants, bloggers, or have other professions that free them from doing any activity that may actually earn an income. They may complain about not having clients, but really, they don’t need any.
“Being a total jerk to everyone you meet is a good way to be successful,” Dr Maidup said, “Hey, it seems to work for politicians and talk show hosts.”
Other success secrets of Dr Maidup include proving that you’re a genius by solving simple maths problems, taking online personality tests, and sharing your email with data-miners who claim that it will get you a job.
One way to test if you are successful is to put your hand in front of your face, to see which is bigger. This works best if someone else is in the room, and able to slap said hand to said face.
Should I sue Prime Minister David Cameron for stealing my idea? It was meant to be a dumb idea, one so far-fetched that no “real-life” politician would imitate it.
Back in 1999, when I was a freshman (or fresher) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, I came up with an epiphany. This time, for Filmmaking 101 (or introduction to filmmaking, or whatever they called it), we’d have something everyone could be involved in. Continue reading “Politics imitates art: When slapstick becomes government policy”
After watching an American movie with my kids, I sometimes tell them I’m homesick. They get absolutely terrified.
America, as it is portrayed in the movies, is like hell on Earth. Now, it’s not perfect…
Continue reading “Why is Hollywood so dangerous?”
The BBC reports that pigeons beat broadband for delivering large digital data files like movies. They beat the ISPs in South Africa, and now they beat them here in Britain.
Maybe we found our “alternative” form of film distribution after all.
If I understand Yahoo news correctly, a British teenager has been banned from going to the US. His crime? He doesn’t like the American president. (more here)
Well, I’m an American citizen. I’m proud of our constitution. I don’t like hearing foreigners insulting my President. So, what’s my view on this kid?
Continue reading “Does Freedom of Speech only apply to US citizens?”