In an attempt to get back to basics, I’m setting a timer to transcribe one podcast quote and writing some thoughts…
Bill Simmons on how the NBA Playoffs are dissected. Starting with a little bit of mimicking:
…” You had some harsh words for Anthony Davis two nights ago, but he really proved you wrong.” And then it’s like the next thing, Stephen A., you talked about how Anthony Davis should’ve stepped up today and he didn’t.
And then Stephen A just going Defcon 1 with like, “He was atrocious. He was so bad. He’s got to play better than that.”
Look, guys are going to go up and down. Anthony Davis is the most “he’s going to go up and down” superstar we’ve probably ever had.
And so is Harden. Harden was really bad in game three. It was going to be interesting to see how he came back from it, but I’m not shocked by how he came back.
I’m really trying to be careful with our podcasts not to do this. Not just the ones me and you are doing together, but even just all week. Cause it’s so easy to overreact game to game and go too far.
I really, I try not to do that.
But it feels like the dissection of all these games now is all about the two big stars on each team and how they. Either “they didn’t do well and they gotta do better” or “they did great and they should play like that all the time”.
That’s like 90% of the dialogue now. I watched the whole countdown show today. There’s so many interesting things about this series that I wanted them to talk about. Right? Like how does Philly get Maxie more involved while also keeping these two guys? What are the Celtics going to do? They’re going to play smaller lineups. Can they play two bigs together? How are they going to try to unleash Tatum and Brown at the same time. They can’t get both of those guys…
There are all these questions that I thought were really interesting. And then it turns into: is James harden going to show up today? Which I guess is just the dialogue now. I don’t know.
Russilo makes the point that, intellectually we probably like to think we want something different from these oversimplifications. But in the end maybe the oversimplification has come about because it’s what people actually want to consume.
There’s no room to say “Hey they’re up and down, we’ll see.”
Here’s how it relates to being a digital creator.
It depends is often the the right answer. Should you start creating content on YouTube or Twitter or Instagram or…?
It depends what type of audience you want to have.
It depends what type of content you enjoy making.
It depends on if it’s 2008 or 2023.
But “it depends” is unsatisfying for someone looking for someone else to tell them what they should do. Instead, what’s more engaging is the person saying you definitely should start on THIS platform because X, Y, Z. And there’s a version of that person for each of the platforms.
Then what’s engaging is having them debate the different sides.
(Preferably in a talking head TV format…)