Originally Posted by lolalola
Can you elaborate on what you mean by "self-motivated competition?". I'm serious, because, you have admitted that Kohn likely wrote his piece on 'Supernanny' beause he 'knows' that it will garner publicity. How is that not competitive (in the traditional sense)?
I honestly don't know what Kohn's views are on what I called "self-motivated competition." I just know there are fields (such as the one Kohn's in) where I think you have to be somewhat competitive, in the sense of finding ways to make your particular "product" stand out from all the others and get chosen.
I've heard some people object to Kohn's writing-style ... and yet I imagine that that is partly what draws many of us to read him. A parenting-writer who says, "This just happens to be what works for my family -- but there are many other ways that are probably just as good" doesn't tend to sell.
And frankly, I'm more interested in parenting-writers who really believe in what they're saying.
I see what you mean, though, about the competitiveness seeming to go against the philosophy he's advocating. I definitely think it's wrong to step on others as a means of seeking success.
But I honestly didn't see Kohn's article as stepping on "Supernanny," or as hurting her success in any way. And I don't think Kohn did it with an intent to hurt the show ... he surely knows (like everyone else does), that the more a book/show/idea gets blasted, the more of an urge people have to find out for themselves if it's really that bad.
As an analogy, many religious-leaders blasted The Davinci Code
when the book came out, and also have been warning people not to watch the movie now that it's out. I think all the talk (even from the pulpit) just makes people even more eager to see what all the fuss is about. One religious-leader even wrote a book about it for people who didn't want to read the book, but wanted to know enough about it to discuss it intelligently with others who had seen it.
How much do you want to bet that lots and lots of fundamentalist Christians are going to end up breaking down and watching that movie, just to satiate their curiosity? With this in mind, Kohn may actually be "helping" Supernanny more than "hurting" her.