Used to be addicts like everyone else then when cold turkey for a spell and since haven't looked back..
It truly is a vast wasteland.
Thus one can imagine the feeling of dread when during a lunch with friends outside our vocation, it was recommended.. no, more like insisted we 'check out' a show on ABC called 'Shark Tank'
Not quite sure why it was thought we'd be interested in such drek but the friend was so sincere in his insistence, we agreed we'd check out an episode.
Call it curiosity.. call it charity.. We couldn't get through one segment.
As we said a moment ago the show seems to work like this:
Five extremely wealthy people perfectly representing the diversity jellybean spectrum:(one woman, one black, one Hispanic (slimy Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban), one elderly Montgomery Burns look-a-like, and one so well groomed and coiffed, we'd be shocked if he wasn't gay, sit on their little thrones like horrid King Tuts and pass judgment..
We could rant endlessly on this Needless push for symbolic multicultural representation on TV where it is manipulatively artificial and agenda-driven, but we don't want to stray too far from the real topic.
Besides television in the UK is Far Far more egregious..
Its really sad when you pay attention to the power dynamic or rather how the ones with the ideas possess little to none. The creator stands -- the investors sit. The creator begs -- the investors feel ego-stroked.
These individuals who work so hard to come up with business upstarts had to be screened and compete just to get on the show and then there's rounds or stages we believe.. The wealthy fat-farts could take it or leave it..
What's a $60,000 investment to a billionaire?? Take away 4 zeros on each end and its like you or we making a big to-do over lending someone $6
Then the woman begins to bawl. These are sincere tears. She said she put 4 full years of her life into making this product, choosing the right materials, etc.. She is shattered and as viewers with heart its painful to watch.. Ahh but that's Entertainment..
Then as the nice businesswoman is trying to compose herself, the wealthy female investor has a change of heart.. offers her $65,000 in exchange for a 25% stake in her company.. Gulp!!
The woman accepts and her tears are now those of joy...
The female investor expresses contentment.. You can just envision the old man having an erection over the thought of it had been him..
Gotta love the acumen of a business mind...
From there, the show got worse and we turned off the TV to the happy sound of lite music playing in the background and did other, more-productive things with the evening.
If the show had any redeeming quality, it shows viewers how cut-throat business can be.
Sometimes an investor will ultimately seek and successfully buy the product or company from the original owner via a takeover..
Other times a product or idea will be purchased with the sole goal of killing it.. making sure it never sees light of day... or to break up into many smaller parts to bring in greater profit...
Watching last night we had this fantasy daydream of sorts:
Thomas Edison was standing before these five greedy money-hungry bastards (actually more like 4 bastards and one bitch) and Edison is seeking investment capital for his invention.. a light bulb.
And in the daydream, Edison listens, nods and smiles.. And then says in his own confident voice, 'F-U, F-U and F-U.. Have a lovely day...'
And that's how you deal with Investors.