Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boringness

Last night, I went to the Season 4 premiere of the HBO show Silicon Valley, in, appropriately, San Francisco. The highlight of the evening was the Q&A with Kara Swisher.


In the 30-minute interview, one comment stuck out to me. Kara asked how the sausage was made, and one of the writers said, "We kind of go out and just talk to people about what might happen in certain situations, and what kind of stories they have to tell." He paused. "For the most part, the writing process is pretty boring."

It's odd because the rest of us see a polished, dramatic, funny TV show, and we think it must be dramatic and funny making it too.

Incidentally a lot of what happens to produce the cool stuff that comes out of the real Silicon Valley is boring. For example, good code is 90% boring. No surprises. And it takes day-in, day-out plugging and chugging. If Silicon Valley was actually all like the show, there'd be a lot less cool stuff, and a lot less to make fun of.

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