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The Dan Schneider Video Interviews:  Taking Interviews To The Next Level!

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223) Good bad Films: Sorting through the schizoid.

 

**** Good stroll through pop's detritus.

 

Comment: Daniel Budnik is your guide.

 

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222) On Nothingness: Alexander Vilenkin on nothing.

 

***½ The scientific approach.

 

Comment: Good take on the void.

 

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221) On Hell: Dissecting the afterlife..

 

****½ Great discussion.

 

Comment: History, religion philosophy....

 

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201) On Robert Frost: Taking on the man.

 

**** Good look at a complex artist..

 

Comment: Understanding the misunderstood.

 

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202) On Bertrand Russell: Taking on the ideas and man.

 

**** Peter Stone sorts it out.

 

Comment: Good interview.

 

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203) On Polygamy: The controversy continues.

 

**** Henrich is detailed and brisk.

 

Comment: Good interview.

 

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204) On Karl Popper: Another philosophic giant.

 

**** Good but too short slice into the life and ideas.

 

Comment: How do we know what we know?

 

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205) On Mormonism: America's native religion.

 

****½  The myths and realities.

 

Comment: Good sorting of the history.

 

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206) On Jared Diamond: Illustrator or obfuscator?.

 

**** Jason Antrosio takes on Diamond's views.

 

Comment: Good interview.

 

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207) On UFOs: Great take on a controversial topic.

 

****½  Terrific talk

 

Comment: Are they out there?

 

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208) On Free Will: Coring into the issue with Alfred Mele.

 

****½  Excellent probe.

 

Comment: Putting the determinists to rest.

 

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209) On Cliches: Taking on the monster.

 

**** Good if limited take on banalities.

 

Comment: Good interview.

 

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210) On Free Will: Great take on free will.

 

****½  Terrific talk.

 

Comment: Do we choose?

 

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211) On Buddhism: Is it a philosophy or a religion?.

 

****  Good look into things.

 

Comment: Could have been a little more in depth.

 

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212) On Ludwig Wittgenstein: The man and the ideas.

 

**** Good take on the life and career.

 

Comment: A little more passion might have helped.

 

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213) On Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great take on the great musician and composer.

 

****½  Great overview and probe.

 

Comment: Was Amadeus Amadeus?

 

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214) On Erik Satie: The piano master.

 

****½ Taking a deeper probe..

 

Comment: Traveling through time and music.

 

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215) On Sherwood Schwartz: The sitcom guru.

 

****½ Great look at the man and the career with his daughter.

 

Comment: Personal and thorough.

 

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216) On Antonio Vivaldi: The Baroque Master.

 

**** Probing the life and music.

 

Comment: A look at an early pillar of Classical music.

 

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217) Richie Cerda On Acting: A rising actor.

 

****½ Talking on acting and filmmaking.

 

Comment: Terrific look at life outside of Hollywood film.

 

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218) On Nothingness: Andre Halaw on the opposite of everything.

 

**** Opening up the nothing box.

 

Comment: Good take on the Eastern view of it.

 

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219) The Decline Of DVD Commentaries: Taking on the demise of a pop culture phenomenon.

 

***½ Solid conversation.

 

Comment: Why a crucial element in DVDs is now gone.

 

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220) On Judaism: Sorting through the mess.

 

***½ Scattered and disjunctive.

 

Comment: Solid walk through history.

 

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After reading some mediocre interviews, wherein the interviewees did not even bother to pretend to care about the questions asked them, nor the reading pleasure of Cosmoetica’s audience, the site’s fans wanted me to invoke a ratings system for interviews, figuring that the interviews that are great deserve more readership than the bad ones. And, since the high quality of the questions is static from interview to interview, it really points out how much of the interview’s success depends on the interviewee and his or her willingness to open up. Ironically, even the ‘lesser’ interviews are successes because they often unwittingly reveal the negative and/or malevolent side of the interviewee, just as the great interviews reveal the positive and intelligent side of the interviewee. Yet, even the lesser DSIs are miles above the fellatio and relentless hucksterism that passes as interviews online and in print.

  Along with the rating, I will add comments relevant to the interview- be it quality, background information, and recollections of the pros and cons of the interview and interviewee.

  So, herein I will invoke a 0 to 5 star rating system, with ½ stars invoked as needed.

***** 5 stars- a great interview, one that shows interviewing is an art form. The answers are in depth and treat the reading audience as the intelligent people they are, plus being highly quotable.

**** 4 stars- an excellent interview. The interviewee is often witty and intelligent, but perhaps is a bit reticent in a few areas, due to PC or their own nature. Still quotable.

*** 3 stars- a good, solid interview. Some high points that are quotable, but some negative points and ho-hum moments.

** 2 stars- a mediocre interview. Some good quotes but more often the interviewee is agenda pushing or being reticent and/or not taking the interview and the audience seriously. Good and bad points are about balanced.

* 1 star- a bad interview. Not quotable, and the interviewee thinks that DSIs are just run of the mill interviews found elsewhere. Rote answers and/or interviewee delusions can be seen. Not quotable.

zero (0) stars- an atrocity. The interviewee has no real reason for doing the interview save to serve their own ego and/or ax to grind.

  Enjoy the interviews, but make sure you compare the great and bad interviews with each other, and the differences between how the interviewees approach the questions (and often the exact same questions) and the quality of the interviews. 

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