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Controversial? - Fast Company Article

Postby thinkoutsidethecircle » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:36 pm

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Fast Company has a pretty interesting article at Fast Company Article titled "The Anti-Inventiveness of "American Inventors".

"So, tonight is the premier of "American Inventor," brought to you by the zeitgeist-tappers responsible for "American Idol." Here, the reality TV aesthetic meets Ralph Waldo Emerson, who famously encouraged our national creative spirit with his rodent-catching wisdom: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

"American Idol" was all the things you think it was: crass, tasteless, manipulative, a twisted national lottery. But in the end it was harmless in its own way. Sure it promised a path to celebrity that was the off-key equivalent of "Hoop Dreams," but no real damage was done -- other than to a few egos.

I think "American Inventor" is far more dangerous, though. America has always had a fascination with get-rich-quick schemes; we've never had trouble getting in touch with our inner Ralph Kramden. This show reinforces that fantasy. While an innovation can present itself with a flash of illumination, successful innovation is about discipline and execution."

Do you think this can be a dangerous show? Looking forward to hearing peoples thoughts on this one