Just Another Flavor of Nietzsche’s Übermensch

Unc and Phew talk about how hard it is to be a comic right now, big data and how it gives a small number of companies a massive competitive advantage, how certain members of the elite class suffer from Nietzsche’s “Übermensch” syndrome, and how ignoring history is a great way to repeat it…  Listen now!

Show Notes

Social Media Success

  • Phew doesn’t understand social media as well as he would like to be
  • With over 55,0000 followers, Unc used to be “Twitter famous” before he quit that platform, for all intents and purposes
  • Too many social platforms now
  • Best approach: focus on one platform and seek to dominate it

The need to have some real metrics

  • Gary V is crushing it, but he has a team that helps him
  • PewDiePie: totally lousy, but he has a huge following
  • “Quantity has a quality all its own”

Hard to be a comic right now

  • How the “line” of acceptable comedy has shifted so far
  • Jim Jefferies talks about this on his current Netflix special
  • Could not anticipate “social justice warrioring” as a sport

Big Data

  • Tech companies testifying before congress
  • The advent and monopolization of big data
  • Peter Thiel has been critical of the lack of innovation coming from big data companies
  • Goodthreads as an example of what these companies do
  • How many companies never reached their potential because of the way the game is now being played?

Phew: obsessed with “community”

  • Every major company contributes to every key politician
  • What is real, and what is made-for-TV theatrics?
  • Nietzsche’s Übermensch concept

Not that hard to understand things that some find shocking

  • The slime that is Chris D’Elia
  • The personality type drawn to today’s circus
  • Not that hard to believe the seemingly incredible stories about gross misconduct among the elite

All we have to do is look back at history

  • History disabuses us of not believing such things are possible
  • 17% of the world’s population are descendants of Genghis Khan
  • The atrocities committed were outrageous
  • Germans outside a gas chamber having a good time
  • Depending on historical context, that could have been any one of us
  • Civil war in the Balkans in the 1990s: things got really bad really fast
  • Minneapolis issues advice to citizens: if you are accosted, give up your wallet and your phone