Dan Harmon: Monetizing the Internet Will Be the End of It For Us
Dan Harmon is one of this guy who is too brilliant to be completely ignored by Hollywood but too much of an outlaw to play by the rules and quietly swim with the sharks. (Think Kurt Sutter with less tattoos and more jokes.)
Thanks to an improbable stars alignment, Harmon managed to sell Community to NBC and for three years, a group of fervent viewers were lucky enough to watch what I consider one of the most creative, ambitious and underrated comedy show aired so far. Then, few months ago, Harmon got fired, found it out after all of us and decided to stick to his guns, speak up his mind and move forward.
Better Post-It Than Nothing
Last September, Harmon spoke at the XOXO Festival and shared several important thoughts buried under jokes. Harmon talks about why TV is dead but will be maintained until it stops making money (and/or ‘we’ find how to monetize the Internet), the necessity of connecting with others and the importance and limitations of the tools we have to connect with others, and his career.
Harmon mentions his first experience with TV network, how he coped with ‘failure’ creating a simplified version of Campbell’s hero’s journey, and why, as soon as somebody will find a way to monetize the Internet, the Internet will stop being a tool that helps us connect with one another to just become another tool worshipped for the money it brings home.
One might be tempted to go directly to the second part of the presentation, where Harmon talks about his career and “practical” examples, but I would recommend watching the whole video as a) it is quite funny and entertaining and b) it makes sense. Harmon drops hints of information here and there, and wraps it all up at the end.
Thanks to @shericandler