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How many talents does it take to create one superstar?
Dialogue with the Alter Ego on The Voice, Britain’s got talent etc, first drafted on Nov. 18,
published on Nov. 19, 2014

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Question by Alter Ego of Noah denkt™ (AE): In our previous conversation, we surreptitiously touched upon the
topic of casting shows. We should probably talk about this in more detail. After all, it can’t be denied that these
shows do support the concept of self-made success which is so front and center to
Noah denkt™’s own
philosophy. What then does our project make of casting shows like The Voice, American Idol or Britain’s got

Answer by Noah denkt™ (Nd); Well, these shows certainly demonstrate that there is a surprising number of
people out there with quite a bit of talent. But these shows also show that next to none of these talents can
achieve a lasting first-rate success since they have been brought onto a nation-wide stage way too early.

AE: What is the problem with a premature nation-wide exposure?

Nd: Well, apart from the fact that talent usually needs additional refinement before it can achieve star quality a
premature exposure on a nation-wide stage also affects the future perception of that erstwhile talent. After all,
the public image of the casting show candidate will forever be associated with his first prime-time appearance
as an unglamorous apprentice who humbly asks for a recall. Such uncut submissiveness however destroys the
candidate’s star appeal right there.

AE: How so?

Nd: Because people do not want their heroes to be insecure and unaccomplished. Instead they want to
perceive them as larger than life creatures who have been sent to us as strong, charismatic and finished
performers. And to achieve that the making of a star must happen in a slightly opaque and mysterious way. Of
course, one may be able to learn about that transformation to stardom after the fact but it certainly can’t be
allowed to happen right there for all to see on live television.

AE: Let’s presume that this analysis is correct then it is still quite startling that the quite substantial talent pool
which is obviously there doesn't translate into a lot more star breakthroughs than there actually are. Should
one not expect that a free and open society offers enough avenues for this talent base to realize its potential?

Nd: Unfortunately, it is the inevitable passage through a chaotic space of anonymous wilderness which turns a
talent into a star which makes it hard for society to organize that transition. In other words, there will always be
a hard to bear bottleneck which limits the number of breakthroughs that actually occur.

AE: So you are suggesting that there is only so much space inside the accomplished establishment?

Nd: Perhaps.

AE: And what does that say about the viability of the American dream on one hand the desolate perspective of
the unfortunate masses on the other?

Nd: Well, the best thing that the unfortunate masses can probably hope for is to take advantage of casting
show formats like The Voice and others in order to get hired by a third-rate vaudeville spectacle.

AE: That is a grim reality though for all the no-name hopefuls out there, isn't it?

Nd: It is. But would their reality be any less grim if a protectionist marketplace wouldn't oblige them to pursue
their dreams?
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