Episode 437: Don’t Pretend You Were Never Playing with Power

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we discuss the recent development that has got a lot of people taking to the Internet to vent their anger.

On the Overthinking It Podcast, Peter Fenzel and Matthew Wrather lose track of the metaphor, with many many different tenors and vehicles. Especially the vehicles Xander Cage drives off a bridge.

Download (MP3)

Subscribe: iTunes Other Apps

Your Panel

Further Reading

2 Comments on “Episode 437: Don’t Pretend You Were Never Playing with Power”

  1. KathrynG #

    This product only gets one star from me, because no matter how many times I refreshed the page, how many times I rewound and listened from the beginning, how many scalpers I offered money over eBay and Gumtree, I still haven’t been able to get my hands on an understanding of the metaphor. At one point, I even had an understanding of the metaphor in my cart, ready to put in my address and credit card details, and suddenly the site glitched, and the metaphor was gone, out of my grasp again. An hour of my life spent trying to get my head around the metaphor and for what? I think we, the people who have dedicated all this time to trying (and failing) to follow the metaphor, from Amazon all the way to eBay, deserve an apology from the creators who have chosen not to make this metaphor accessible to everyone.

    Seriously though, after spending a fair bit of time lately trying and failing to get a NES Classic Mini, and reading a fair number of the unpleasant comments that accompany such a task, I really enjoyed this week’s podcast.
    I would offer a more direct comment if only I weren’t so confounded as to where to begin.


  2. jmasoncooper #

    Great job talking around The Problem. My favorite: “The gray space is where you get to play the game.” Gray space FTW!
    Matt, you say (around minute 46) that Pete consistently expresses that their is little difference between “a thing” and “our experience of that thing.” My question to you both is is there a third layer of “our experience of the conversation/discourse about that thing.” For example, there is a bit of hub-bub about how you should go to movies blind, form your own opinion, and then read reviews to expand upon what your own first impression was. I know that reading reviews or watching clips/trailers has affected my first viewing experience on a number of occasions.
    Another way to ask the questions is what percentage is attributable to “the thing,” to “the experience of the thing,” and to “the conversation/discourse surrounding the thing?”


Add a Comment