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

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324) The Deep Roots Of War Theory, Deux: Great talk!


****½ Richard Wrangham.


Comment: The Goodness Paradox.




323) The Deep Roots Of War Theory: Good talk.


**** On why we are violent.


Comment: Ideas and objections.




322) Why Apocalypse Now Is Great: Great discussion.


****½  Exploring.


Comment: Best great film talk so far?





















301) Why La Dolce Vita Is Great: Best film of all time?


****½ Great talk.


Comment: The sweet life?




302) Why 2001: A Space Odyssey Is Great: The moviest movie?


****½  Great talk on a classic.


Comment: Diving in.




303) On Modern Russia: The last 2 centuries.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: Putinland or not?.




304) Why Taxi Driver Is Great: De Niro rocks.


****½ Great talk.


Comment: Good or bad man?




305) Why Persona Is Great: Bergman in depth.


****½  Great discussion.


Comment: The Master exposed.



306) Toonrific Tariq: An up and coming talent.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: The future of animation?




307) Why The Third Man Is Great: De Niro rocks.


****½ Great talk.


Comment: Harry Lime and co.




308) The Implosion of the Movement for a People's Party: Political Titanic?


****½  Great discussion.


Comment: Renee Johnston opines.




309) Dicon Dissectional Reactions: Am interesting Youtube channel.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: Daniel Profeta speaks.




310) Why Shane Is Great: The best American made Western..


****½ Deep in the Wyoming mud.


Comment: The myth and the man.




311) Eva Schubert on Music: Great singer/songwriter.


****½  Fantastic arts discourse.


Comment: Exploring lyrics.




312) The Prehistory of Private Property: Karl Widerquist debunks myths.


**** Great discussion.


Comment: A trip through time and fallacies.




313) What Happened To Bobby Fischer: Madness and mythos.


***½ Dominance.


Comment: Hans Bohn is your guide.




314) Why Carnival Of Souls Is Great: Herk Harvey's classic.


**** The B film horror classic.


Comment: One of the most influential films ever.




315) Why Planet Of The Apes Is Great: Charlton Heston's best role.


**** Great discussion.


Comment: 1968 rocked in film.




316) The Pentagon UFO/UAP report: Myth or coverup?


**** Great talk.


Comment: A threeway debate.




317) Why This Sporting Life Is Great: A great film.


****½ One on one.


Comment: The UK's best ever film?




318) Why Blowup Is Great: Antonioni's best.


****½ Great discussion.


Comment: Masterpiece.




319) Why City Lights Is Great: Peak Chaplin.


**** Exploring.


Comment: Silent film's last stand.




320) On Apocalypse: A rich talk.


**** On Global Warming.


Comment: Solutions?




321) Why Aguirre: The Wrath Of God Is Great: Herzog kicks it!


**** Kinski roars!


Comment: Great film.



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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