I have never seen a minute of Duck Dynasty, but my colleague Lee Habeeb has and loves it, and explains its success here.
Lee’s explanation of why DD succeeds –it celebrates family, is very funny and is built on love– also provides and explanation of why the new film Jobs left me hoping it wasn’t an accurate portrayal of Steve Jobs, because the character played by Ashton Kutcher is so rotten, self-absorbed, vindictive, greedy and angry. (A few reviewers note that many of Jobs’ colleagues dispute the film’s portrayal, and I haven’t even read Walter Isaacson’s biography, so I am hardly in a position to decide for myself much less you, but if Kutcher’s Jobs is the real Jobs, what a mess of a man.)
Interesting that the rich guys who make duck whistles are so much happier than the rich guy who invented so many wonderful gadgets.
Which brings me to Friday Night Lights –the television series on Texas high school football and family that ran for five seasons beginning in 2006. The FMH and I just finished season five, and we agree it is probably the best show of its kind we have every watched. Great writing, great actors in Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and the rest of the vast cast, wonderful music and actual stories of complicated and often messy lives. At the core of the series are two people, Coach and Mrs Taylor, trying very hard to raise a family and help the young people who come their way on the field or in the classroom.
Here’s the question for part of today’s show: Would you rather your kids grow up to be the DDers, Steve Jobs, or Coach and Mrs. Taylor?