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@Yarrum While I don't agree with the doom and woe tone of this article, or the very unprofessional calling out/exploitation of someone the author claimed was a friend...what was the point of your comment? Do you think you're the first person to call her a terrible writer? Do you think, given her accomplishments as a professional writer, that she'd give a shit?
Did you think she'd respond? Or were you just venting?
(I'm genuinely curious, because I never understand why people leave such comments. Don't mean to pick on you, but yours was the first I saw in this thread.)
2 years, 8 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?
1. This reality tv show, and the choice of SV's entrepreneurs to respond to it, is no different than any tabloid magazine/Access Hollywood-type program, and the celebrities' choice to respond to it. If I was a celebrity, I wouldn't respond to a tabloid's selective over-simplification of my daily life - and that's not even getting into the fact that some people use that negative-but-overwhelming publicity to their advantage. If you posit that this show is a farce, then te majority of people personally involved should be focused enough to treat it as such and ignore it. Personal involvement or not, I really cannot put into words how unbelievable it is to think that anything on the Bravo channel is able to cause this much contention about *anything*, much less the perception of SV entrepreneurship. As if there wasn't a large majority of uninformed people who thought start-up culture was overly-glamorized well before theSocial Network film came out, and this show will be the starting point for some sort of Sillicone Valley Dark Ages...
2. I wasn't contradicting myself, because I don't think Bravo is downplaying the culture, but rather focusing on high-level, easily digestible events to the exclusion of everything else. The best analogy I can come up with is a sports highlight reel of best and worst plays, dashed with interpersonal relationship gossip - which makes sense, and fits right into their reality show template. Anything that depicts work situations will be high-level stuff, at best: the signing of a contract, a snippet of a meeting for vc funding, a coding breakthrough - all of which will no doubt be followed by celebrating and drinking, or DRAMA! if any one of those things go poorly.
@LaureanaVariscoBonaparte I'm curious - what negative effects do you think this show will have? And what other shows on Bravo have had any real impact on how people conduct themselves?
@Nathan_Pensky Strong LOL if you think the idea of the show is completely false. I have no problem believing that a bunch of young entrepreneurs, in one of the hottest tech areas in the world and thriving on opportunity, take the time engage in the kind of party lifestyle and drama that the world likes to believe is limited to the domain of celebutants. I also believe that anything portrayed on Bravo is a FRACTION of what's going on, and that Bravo's demographic wouldn't be interested in anything else. And by "fraction," I mean that the debauchery/drama portrayed is a fraction of their actual lives, and that the group being followed on camera represent a SMALL fraction of the SV community. What's on camera represents an insignificant amount of time, such that it doesn't affect their work (presumably), and this series, however long it lasts, will hardly land a blow to the entrepreneurial spirit of SV.
So yes: I'll definitely talk about the outcome of this show as the non-issue that it is, because the underlying message that I'm getting from both "defenses" of the show is to basically ignore the show - much like any well-adjusted adult would ignore anything shown on the Bravo channel.