10 Reasons Radical Success is the Weakest Link Part II

The White Album puzzle

December 2017 my brother and his wife and kids gave me an unusual gift for Christmas, a puzzle game celebrating The Beatles’ music The White Album.

 

It is unusual mainly for the fact that the cover of The White Album is entirely the color white, which makes the puzzle something I’d never seen before, an exercise in assembling puzzle pieces all the color white.  It is as if the wrong end of a game of chess game came down on you.

 

September 24, 2018, the Stereogum music history website posted to Facebook about the fiftieth-anniversary release of The White Album.  Stereogum has a Facebook page I like.  The Beatles Announce 50th Anniversary “White Album” Reissue With Previously Unreleased Tracks 

 

I thought of photographing my brother’s family’s Christmas gift for this post.

 

The White Album puzzle
The Beatles

I think of The Beatles being a radical success in music history, given the enormity of their popularity, even decades later.

 

However, how does that view of The Beatles relate to contemporary ideas about success, and how it is won?

 

I have ten reasons I’m suggesting that success like what The Beatles enjoyed is actually a weak link in terms of what it means for the individual to pursue preconceived notions of success and how it is misleading.  The second five are presented here.

 

About streaming services

 

1. Netflix is the leader of the pack, I believer, for competitive video streaming.  They have an enormous budget for original content and their selection of existing content is good as well.
There is some question about what the future holds for Netflix.  Disney is entering the streaming video service market soon, as is AT&T, I understand.  Netflix in my region is compatible with my Tivo, as is another video streaming service, the free video streaming website Tubi.  The selection on Tubi is quite big, but they don’t offer original video at all.
Both Netflix and Tubi are compatible with my Tivo, but the selection of videos on Netflix is good and for Tubi, not so much.  I want to step out of that chain of logic to ask if that implies that Tubi is a weak link.  Netflix is a completely enjoyable experience if you watch video and Tubi is an extra addition to the Tivo I watch TV with.
It isn’t too hard to say which could be better assessed to be a radical success in the future.  That being said, while Netflix needs to make a lot of important decisions before the day is done to remain ahead of the curve, Tubi is probably under far less pressure.
Does Tubi’s relative weak link status mean that it isn’t a success?  It is free to use.

 

2. The contender that could grab much of Netflix’ market share is Disney.  Disney is certain, given its weight as an entertainment brand, to include a wealth of great films and shows as a streaming service, where before it was known for its films, television, toys and theme parks.
Which of the two, Netflix or Disney, will be more of the radical success–that a good streaming service can be?  Or will they both amount to great success?  Disney has built in family-appeal given how many of its products appeal to both adults and kids alike.
Netflix has been building that kind of appeal from scratch.  Will either Netflix or Disney be a weak link?  It seems important to me that entertainment better be good when it is accessed or experienced.
It would be a shame, I think, for the bottom to fall out of Netflix if it were to become a weak link given new competition from Disney and others.  Netflix has a reputation for spending extravagant amounts of money on new shows and films while not necessarily having a concrete plan in place to recoup its expenditures.  As I said, Disney already has an enormous built-in capacity for success in the future, with plans for its new streaming service underway
.I would ask if streaming video is right for Disney, given all they’ve done to pack movie houses with so many great family films in their history.  I would be dismayed if Disney proved to be a weak link.  Will Netflix Ever Actually Make Any Money?

 

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3. I started this post by saying there is a fiftieth-anniversary release of The White Album coming 11/9.  From what I understand about music streaming services, Spotify has a great conversion rate converting customers from free use of their music to the paid premium version.  I would ask if taken to task whether Spotify will be a “weak link.”  From what I can tell, the selection of music available with Spotify is wonderful.  I’ve never actually searched for The Beatles with Spotify, but I am sure they are there.
The selection really is good.  I have fewer specifics on hand, but I wouldn’t appreciate seeing Spotify become relegated to “weak link” status, as it really seems to be an awesome service.

 

US Politics

 

4. This may seem to be an unusual inclusion, but it isn’t, really.  If you are following this argument, you can guess that the weak link I’m referring to is the President of the United States.  I don’t like to posit criticism of the United States or its politics, but an example of someone about who there is much to decry that could be labeled a weak link is certainly the President.
As he is someone who was a reality TV star, I think it is worth mentioning here the radical success that he known for enjoying and how at the same time the President has so many mounting problems that he is both a radical success, being greatly wealthy and personally commanding so much power, but also a “weak link” in that he could bring down the whole show if he is not effective.  President Trump has a knack for appearing with ferocious emphasis again and again in the news, and yet he faces so much extreme criticism and the possibility of real-life repercussions and consequences that I think he makes a great example of a “weak link” who is similarly a radical success.
The President brings to mind so many components and elements of radical success gone wrong that it is becoming clearer all the time that the President of the United States is an extremely divisive man. Donald Trump Says China Remix

 

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Entrepreneurship

 

5. The final reason I want to assert that a weak link can be very much undermining is the idea that if you begin to succeed as an entrepreneur you can find yourself under more pressure than you ever anticipated facing.  Making money is many people’s idea of success, but you have to put in years of work to make your dreams come true.  And in this scenario, ironically, you yourself could be the weakest link if you don’t meet obstacles well.
Unless you keep improving, day in and day out, you could end up being the weak link in your organization simply owing to the fact that your luck could change.  If you have found a strategy that makes you King Midas, turning everything you touch to gold, if all of a sudden you let the reins of your mount go slack and your luck changes, you may now be suddenly in a seat of the weakness.  The Secret to Self-Motivation | Gary Vaynerchuk’s GREATEST Motivational Speech Ever!  

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You need to keep improving and being good in order to keep that train running.  Everything that took you somewhere is behind you; you have to continue to make great decisions.  I suspect you’ll see for yourself if you falter.

 

I was amused by the Christmas gift last year of The White Album puzzle game I got from my brother and his family.  If you have read this, please feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.

The Good, The Great and the Ugly

Assigning guilt:  I think of an enforcer.

 

Today’s WordPress prompt is the word guilty and it is enticing because so many concepts of “guilty” can be elaborated upon and it is a theme that affects everybody who is human.  I mean guilty in the sense of bearing an emotional hardship.  That is, the state of mind that can afflict one after a wrongdoing.

 

When my maternal grandmother was alive, in her golden years, her daily ritual was to rise at seven in the morning and to read the local paper.  If she hadn’t been able to sleep enough, she rose at that hour regardless, not one to shirk from duty.

 

She said my late grandfather often told her she had a “guilty conscience,” that was keeping her from a good night’s sleep, but, she said to me candidly, there was nothing she’d done to be feeling guilty.  It was a joke between them.

 

You might think of guilty thoughts for not showing enough kindness to your mother, for example, or for acting in a manner disconnected from your values or moral code, if you have such a thing.

 

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My favorite ideology of the “guilty” is the enforcer’s code of pursuing the guilty, as in the police procedural shows on television and which find people who cross the line of good conduct into being “guilty” of wrongdoing meeting unforeseen fates, typically in handcuffs.

 

It is curious to look at “guilty” in that sense of having done wrong defiantly, for gain, as it was for my grandmother to watch evening television of that kind, the actors playing enforcers and criminals together, unfolding typically in the course of one evening of entertainment.  It will always be a choice pastime, I believe.

 

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is a gift, I think; there are simply so many ways to explore the weight of being guilty that I should think there will likewise be a wealth of posts highlighting the idea.

Attack of the Video Content

Do you have an inkling what influencer marketing is?

 

Influencer marketing, I guess, is when a brand with an expansive and powerful Internet presence helps a newcomer gain exposure by sharing the smaller brand under the umbrella of the major brand who is widespread across the world wide web on several channels.

 

When the Hulu video streaming service was becoming a monster, I know they experimented with following various Twitter peeps in order to help make themselves a household name.

 

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Hulu among other Twitter followers

Now I see commercials on TV for Hulu that make it seem all the more like a juggernaut, but for some time they were most alive in my mind as the entity on Twitter that seemed to be joking around all the time waiting for all those people to start transplanting their attention to Hulu instead of all the other options for video entertainment that likewise wanted consumer dollars in exchange for a wild consumption experience of the most dynamite video to be found.

 

Hulu kept adding all kinds of classic TV shows to their roster line-up, and beginning with The Handmaid’s Tale began to fill its slot of originals with more and more series, like Marvel’s Runaways.

 

It felt to me like the underdog Hulu challenging the king of paid content, Netflix, for a portion of its subscriber base.  Who had the best originals, Netflix with its incredible budget and seeming out-of-control finger on the market with a business model set to break all records?

 

But what happened… this is surely a simplistic interpretation of what was actually experienced… the Harvey Weinstein effect rocked the entertainment industry and pretty soon many respected actors were back to the drawing board.

 

I am not an analyst, but are these two events connected in any tangible way?

 

Netflix established an extraordinary budget for its current and future programming, all growing from a point of origin that was one particular Netflix original that was historical for being the first there was.  It was House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.

 

Spacey came under stern criticism and was let go, costing Netflix a ton and generating at least a little bad publicity.

 

With their very first entry as a Netflix original series becoming a distraction, I felt I was seeing Hulu rise up in response and setting their sights on becoming a major competitor in the wake of the scandal around Spacey.

 

It can’t have been that direct a transition, I don’t think, but I would infer that with the breakdown of Netflix’ House of Cards at a critical time, when Hulu was beginning to launch its new originals, I think it certainly meant the time was right for Hulu to begin to market itself more traditionally, rather than with its jovial influence marketing that resembled stunt tactics.  Maybe Hulu still does play with influence marketing, I’m not sure, but all of a sudden it seems like all the more professional a brand than it had been previously when it was a minor competitor to the juggernaut Netflix.

 

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale also demonstrated its penchant for winning many major awards and on top of that, it carried with it a feminist zeitgeist that was all the more effective in the face of the Weinstein effect that was leaving men everywhere clutching their walking papers.

 

November 16, 2017
A year later Hulu unfollows

These days when I see the TV ads for Hulu I smile.

 

I think the video streaming market is mad, but it is interesting to see that there have been many measurable changes in it in the last several months as Hulu grew into its mode of expansion and gained tons of credibility.

 

It will be interesting to see if there are more upstarts as entertainment continues to change.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word inkling.

Trying To Establish a Productive Rhythm

If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.

 

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In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas.  I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.

 

I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically.  Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet).  I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it.  Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.

 

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Annie Spratt

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.”  WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web.  I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day.  The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.

 

I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness.  I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs.  I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not.  To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week.  Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time.  Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog.  If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.  Have a nice day and all the best to you.  Thank you!  Cheers.

Discovering the Man of Steel #DiscoverWP

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The International Day of Democracy is today, 15 September.  I am curating my Conventional Wisdom post.

May 13, 2018

The Internet bid RIP to Margot Kidder, the sixty-nine-year-old actress who was Lois Lane for the seventies’ and eighties’ Superman films.  For 1978’s film Superman, Kidder played Lois Lane near perfectly.

 

I have also watched a few random episodes of Krypton, the prequel TV series for the Superman universe.  The design is quite appealing and the ideas are complex but interesting.

 

15 September

While there are no more new Discover Challenges for WordPress, I wanted to update this post for clarity.

 

In March I borrowed a box of comic books belonging to a cousin and reflected a touch on those stories that I remembered.  It got me catching up on the Innerspace sci-fi news series on Space on cable TV.  Reflecting on their launch of the Superman origins series Krypton, one of the hosts of Innerspace in an episode from earlier this winter reflected briefly but pointedly that Man of Steel is a bad movie.

I take it Man of Steel is regarded many times as such and to counter the perception that it isn’t a good retelling of the thousands of Superman comics available in print, I want to include here from Jun 2, 2014, Exploring Man of Steel on YouTube TWITTER ► https://goo.gl/koijhV which is a go-to for a review in detail about a maligned film.

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Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013)

It is now known that Henry Cavill will no longer appear in the film role of Superman.  You can hear thoughts on Man of Steel in a brief discussion piece about Superman and the rest of the DC Comics Universe.  Henry Cavill Leaves Superman

I have also become aware of the Geeks + Gamers YouTube channel, and I am including here their challenge of the effectiveness of Man of Steel as a Superman film and how the channel doesn’t even believe, at the time of upload, that Henry Cavill is through as Superman.  It’s against the grain.  HENRY CAVILL OUT AS SUPERMAN? THE DCEU IS DEAD TWITTER – https://twitter.com/GeeksGamersCom

Conventional Wisdom

My thoughts on the conventional wisdom of Man of Steel are presented here.

This week’s WordPress Discover Challenge presents the trial of posting a different point of view than what other people have, whatever POV. This appealed to me because I thought of Superman, as a matter of fact, from the films of the nineteen seventies and eighties about the beloved comic book character, and also from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which is what specifically I have a different interpretation to write about than the casual interpretation it often gets otherwise (a great superhero film).

Christmas Eve last year, December 24 of 2016, late in the afternoon my younger brother and his son went with me to my parents’ house for dinner and the Christmas tree. My brother let me know that the two had been in the middle of complaining about Superman, in the movies, and I was surprised that they have this opinion, which is not the same opinion I have. We’re very different people from one another.

Man of Steel presents the Superman character as an alien, which I know he is, as in the story of his life told in the 1978 film about him (titled Superman, naturally). However, whereas in that film Superman is a very human character, who blends in with his peers quite easily, in Man of Steel (2013) Superman is almost an alien monster, considering that while he looks human, he has the mentality of an outsider. This is clear, for example, when he only takes his job as a reporter for the Daily Planet at the conclusion of the film (spoiler), which is unlike Superman (1978), in which his entire time in Metropolis is spent in the alter ego of Clark Kent, a reporter alongside Lois Lane.

What I think about Man of Steel is that Man of Steel is the story of an alien creature living among humans whose fate it is to help the human race. This is like how in ancient Egypt, Egyptian workers built enormous pyramids, which were probably tombs for their leaders once deceased (the Pharaohs).

It is unknown how the ancient Egyptians were able to build these pyramids because there is no evidence that the Egyptians of ancient times had technology which could have made building those pyramids possible. It is a great mystery.

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One theory is that, as in history when impossible feats were accomplished without the benefit of technology, alien forces could have visited Egypt and helped the Egyptians build the pyramids with the help of the alien people’s technology. It is a popular theory among people who believe in life among the stars (Erich von Daniken is one scholar who argues that the theory is based on real history, of Ancient Egypt).

Given that the pyramids would have been nearly impossible to build without technology, consider that aliens visited and lent a helping hand, with an interest in contributing to the prosperity of human beings (as a species). Man of Steel is a little like that because Superman is an alien living among humans helping preserve the human race from dangers that are inherent to people encountering alien creatures.

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Wil Stewart

What I think is that when Superman reveals himself to human authorities, when he is given the ultimatum to surrender by his enemies, it is noted that Superman may be a hazard for human folk merely because his body may contain a disease that could be inflicted on the humans. I say this because it is not immediately the fear of Superman’s powers as a superhero that bothers the authorities, or the details of Superman’s past in the Kansas town of Smallville, but whether Superman’s body could spread illness and death to the humans who meet him. I don’t think that the Egyptians meeting aliens who gave them help to build the pyramids, stopped their alien benefactors to question whether they would become sick from contact.

What I am thinking about Man of Steel, is what if the point of Superman’s existence among humans is that he doesn’t succeed at guiding human beings to a better existence? Every time it is questioned if humans in ancient times had visitors from other worlds among them, there is never evidence that the aliens caused devastation and ruin for people of the past.

What if Superman’s role as a visitor to modern-day people of the world demonstrates good intentions on Superman’s part, but poor planning for the man from Krypton that actually reduces the success of people to safely maintain conditions for life around the planet? When you sit down with Man of Steel, consider the possibility that while the strange realities that led the men and women of Ancient Egypt to construct pyramids, in this film, when Superman is battling and causing destruction in both Smallville and Metropolis, this could be the beginning of events that challenge human’s mastery of Planet Earth and undermine them in a way that will end in defeat and downfall. If Superman for once is the alien visitor closest to human beings in his physical form, could he likewise have the kinds of human weaknesses at the end of human’s reign over their blue and green planet?

Every other time in history that aliens might have come to help humans with the growth of their civilizations, are we, at last, to understand that there is no more? For however Superman feels about belonging to the human race, which is clearly passionate, considering the climax of the film when Superman is challenged by his nemesis how he feels about human life, if Superman is the final alien visitor to Earth, is it because he will eventually destroy us all? That is how I would understand Man of Steel, instead of interpretations that are more along the lines of a visitor from the stars who kindly brings the benefit of his superpowers to help us, folk.

December 18, 2015
The Korus

Thank you for reading and good luck to you, whatever you do. Take care of yourself as always.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Talking about Hulu

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I’d thought that television and film on the Internet was getting to be conscientious. Consider that joining a service like Hulu, which is inexpensive and is comprised of both original and established programming, is a step you can take to keep yourself involved in enjoying entertainment that is among what you can think of as the going thing. After Christmas shopping, dinners, decorations, and other necessary evils of this special time of year, you can easily find yourself bills paid, gifts purchased, letter to Santa safely penned… with little left in your pocket. That being said, with your Hulu subscription, some “you time” with the streaming video service could be what you need to keep the holiday cheer. So here you are with what I’m thinking you can say about Hulu.

It’s important to your friends that you’re having a good Christmas.

You know it was worth it. Everything you put into Christmas, the gearing up for the most expansive holiday of 2016, which is to say the scramble, the mad dash, will most definitely pay off when the calendar gets to 2-5. Until then, with the carols, the repeated last-minute visits to the mall (and to the liquor store), and tip-toeing through the nuisance moments every Christmas brings, it might be right to get cozy with Hulu, so that if anyone comes to you asking, “Where were you?”… you can answer in all honesty that you’ve found the best thing to watch in your downtime. This is a conscientious thing to do.

Moving off television (and Blu-Ray) to Hulu means you’ve found fun, quality programming, thrills and what whets your appetite for more distinctly different styles of pictures.

The channels on television are unwieldy compared to the organization you enjoy with Hulu. On Hulu, you have access to both quality video and a goodly number of movies you may simply not have heard of. If you are shy, you can probably pretend to be watching the best and the most acclaimed, when you are really indulging… whatever it is that leaves you feeling conscientious.

Making small talk about what’s best in original content on the Internet is more impressive if you have some familiarity with originals on Hulu.

Hulu doesn’t just present what’s already been seen. There is original programming exclusive to Hulu. Some of it is prestigious. While there is rampant competition in original TV series, Hulu is comparatively inexpensive, for the value it offers. Bear in mind, if you have been tinkering in the realm of the competitors to Hulu, when you are talking with Hulu subscribers, the best advice for you might be to politely acknowledge the subject and then to move to the next drink table.

As Santa gets ready to ride all around the world, you can join in the journey by picking from great videos. No one can accuse you of being a snob. You can sound like you’re an experienced viewer though you’ve never come close to Cannes.

You will be able to find your own peace and quiet in your own corner of the world watching video with Hulu. No matter what this year’s Christmas festivities bring, you have an instant reprieve that you need to get back to the show.

If you enjoyed what I have to say, let me know by “liking” this post. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back!

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Luis Llerena