Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shark Tank on ABC Teaches A Proverbial Lesson: The Big Fish Eat The Small Fry + If The Rich Aren’t Getting Richer We’re In Real Trouble

May 8, 2012 & October 30th, 2015 Draft Below - .......
  Positive greed is the theme behind the larger stakes and simple complexity of the ABC television series, Shark Tank that should place the show with Jeopardy among the greatest game shows ever. Seriously.
  The game features individual budding entrepreneurs standing before five seated multi-rich investors who never undervalue their own worth. To directly quote the participant, and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, "there’s always a bargain in business and it’s not the sharks."
  But the sharks’ tough exterior professionalism doesn’t restrict your seeing how much they’re getting off on demonstrating the bottom line dynamics of the investment business. Competition. Both between them and over why a product has half a chance. Watching, at first, it seems companies are sold away cheap without contestants even trying to negotiate an extra hundred grand out of the shrewd deal. But a viewer can soon learn to believe what the sharks preach is true. They hold keys to success as valuable as any, first ever invented, whatcha-ma-call-it gadget.
Front and Center, Keven O'Leary 
  They’re right to continuously outright brag they offer extremely qualified track records for entrepreneurial success. None operate the corner shoe store. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but all the Sharks have empire-sized egos that are enjoying being stroked by your seeing how exciting making money is and they’re doing it on television. Often, the seated in the middle shark, Kevin O’Leary’s professional reserve bubbles over as if he is ready to come out of his skin. Because Shark Tank’s cameras are pervasive and catch every snide competitive glance as tellingly well as the competently polished dramatics of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.
  I’d hate to jinx Shark Tank, but it is as if the wheel always spins and there are no boring parts. Except maybe their flashy weekly repeated arrogant introduction. Though it is important to know how rich they are to realize the show is not about borrowing chump change to buy a franchise. It is about how big money rules the world and compelling to watch produced television at its finest.
Standing left: First Season's Kevin Harrington
  Yes definitely some product presentations are a little schmaltzy, but every idea undergoes financial scrutiny so entrepreneurs appear to at least leave wiser. While Jeopardy! is just about what contestants already know.
Not pictured: Mark Cuban
  Shark Tank’s unrefereed entrepreneur hosts are Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, and Mark Cuban.

Links & Pictures added December 3, 2012 & January 24, 2013.



  January 2, 2014: I continue to like Shark Tank.   Jumping the shark from the get-go, devouring entrepreneurs could never grow stale since selling is flash this show was just made for TV.   
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 Friday October 30th, 2015
  The Soapbox View's adding essays to untouched originals starting with, this one, the first, Shark Tank ... . There are presently 185. And though possible to like ranting, daily, about anything. My aim is to not just repeat redundancies while emphasizing substance. Post-dated additions to the earlier, shorter, news essays, especially, is, I believe, reaching for quality quantity without short-shrifting either goal. Maybe look for why history's always staying the same?
  Shark Tank. Theoretically does the show's example of celebrity investing undercut or take competitive advantage away from the entire investment theater if the answer seems it couldn't matter when they're really all sharks anyway? Business isn't ruthless per se. It's just hard, cold, reality probably reflected in the original essay, I've skipped reading, this time, for the fresh uninfluenced approach that seems appropriate concerning real reality television. Spontaneous or not. If only it were true the whole world just had to smile. 
  The show did a good thing by not overselling their brief spin-offs that followed entrepreneurs next commercial stage. There was a lot to be learned when CBS diluted the 60 Minutes Brand that will never have as much luster as it had no matter how many celebrity profiles are shown to not lose a mass audiences' shallower instincts. That's what's changed about America that once seriously watched 60 Minutes studiously and now can't get enough Celebrity Entertainment Complexities. And still I say, so what? Aldous Huxley said freedom would mean the liberty not to care but we're really so short of liberty freedom's code for blind loyalty. 
  Shark Tank? As diabolical as cut-throat elite entrepreneurs can appear, the real world needs all the excellent cartoons about ourselves as we can get. After all, if not for The Simpsons probably none of us would ever have to really admit we're all just a bunch of overly-sensitive sarcastic grifters.
  Anyone notice watching television America's a preponderance of loud people. Broad sets of us describe the ins and outs of mega-empires and sports, extremely loud. Sharing victory's heavy slap because everyone's at least got smiling back-slapping down. The thought that led to this speculation is are all these really loud people found in America everywhere led by the ideal that anything, even bombs, get done as if just a five yard pass away? 
  Good night America. Advice is rest for a bright tomorrow and beware, of course, of critics in sheep's clothing, or not. Good morning world.
10/30/15 CMF

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