Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sports ESports and Entertainment

What makes something entertaining?

I was thinking about this the other day while I was sitting on the laptop watching highlights from MLG Providence and my girlfriend was watching the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. I’m not really sure what makes something entertaining. My guess is that it's a mixture of appreciation, relaxation, fun, and escapism. The appreciation factor is the one I can relate to the most when it comes to sports.

The reason I like watching Sports and ESports is because I appreciate high level competition. I can watch anything from two guys playing Tennis or Starcraft to teams of people playing Football or League of Legends. My appreciation comes from the fact that all of the professionals have talent and dedication. Pros often times make huge sacrifices in their life to be the best at what they do. That combined with their natural talent set them apart from the huge fields of people who also want to be the best.

On top of the appreciation for talent and dedication, is my appreciation for competition itself. These competitors all have the same goal: win the game. Satisfaction and glory goes to one side… ridicule and heartbreak goes to the other.

All of this combined with endless personalities provides some great entertainment. Intense rivalries, egos, and the cool fact that you can form instant camaraderie with someone you don’t even know just because you like the same team/player.

So that’s why I like sports, I still don’t fully understand what makes Fashion Shows, Reality TV, and Celebrity Gossip entertaining, but I suppose the “What makes something entertaining?” question is the multi-million dollar question that networks have been trying to figure out for years.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What it means to be an "Adult"

Images in the entry courtesy of xkcd.

Very rarely is there a defining moment where we say, “I’m an adult now.” Maybe for some people it was moving out or going to college. For others it might be losing their virginity or turning 18 or 21.

A couple months ago in my Quarter Life Crisis entry, I talked about how people in their twenties and thirties usually categorize success in two ways:

1) Having Financial Independence.
2) Starting a Family.

I think those are pretty decent metrics, but it’s not perfect. There are people who don't want kids that I would consider adults… and there are kids with large inheritances that I wouldn’t consider adults.

The second panel really hits home for me. We have the freedom to decide what it means to be an adult. These past few days I’ve given some thought to what I think “being an adult” means, but I haven’t quite decided yet. Most of my ideas center on personal responsibility, but I think there's more to it than that. I don’t want to decide yet and, more importantly, I don’t have to decide yet. It feels nice to have the freedom to decide at my own pace, it kind of... makes me feel like an adult.