Thoughtful Commentary about American Inventor Show
I've been looking around the web curious to see what people are thinking about the show. I was wondering if our viewers had similar opinions to other everyday viewers out in the blogosphere. Here are some of the better comments I have seen that I thought you may enjoy reading:
Micheal Markowitz (from Shouldveaskedme.blogspot.com) wrote "So in the first hour of American Inventor, the finalists were told to put aside their inventions and talk about their passion. In the second hour, they were told to put aside their inventions and tearfully talk about their passion. Apparently, there is a direct tears-to-ingenuity ratio. I guess Thomas Edison was one big crybaby." "That woman judge, Mary Lou, is an example of the total Oprah-fication of America. I have been doing a lot of research for the "Boob Job" project, and I will tell you that the woman who created the bra for women with breast implants would make a FORTUNE if it's for real. But her blue-nosed sensibilities kicked in, and she refused to listen. Similarly, I'll bet even that one-knot lingerie would make more money than the fakokta maxi-pad-in-a-wig that Sinead is pitching."
Canimakemoneyonline.com wrote: Many of the people auditioning for the show have given up a lot for their invention. They have spent tons of money, sold their house, etc. Which is ok up to a point. Certainly persistence is extremely important in achieving success. But…
Quite a few of them have mentioned giving up their family, getting a divorce, losing their spouses, children, friends, etc. for their “dream”. Quite frankly that is going too far. When you give up your marriage, your children, your relationships, you are making a HUGE mistake. You might make a great invention that way. And maybe you will make millions. But then who will you have to share the joy with?
Deliriumsbones wrote: You know why American Inventor doesn't promise all the giggles of American Idol? Because it's not funny. In fact, it's deeply, deeply depressing. I've only seen an episode or two, but the problem is even when there is a horrible invention you'd normally laugh at, there is a very real person, who believes in it so absolutely they've ruin themselves financially, even personally, into the ground. One of our own posters Simmsays wrote in the comments here: "The very embodiment of a good inventor is someone who is ingenious and creative. Someone who can take very little and make it into something special. A good inventor is not someone who end up damaging his life, his job, his family, and losing his house to waste money for an invetion. I am appalled at the way they require inventors to cry and demean themselves. The ones smart enough not to suffer (other than the car seat guy) did not get through. Its transparantly maudlin and manipulative and that's why people are not watching the show."
What do you think? Has the show been fair to inventors and to the invention process? Have the producers done a good job with the show?