Episode 234: Expectations and Entitlement
This week, Josh and Dietrich sit down to discuss the impact of our expectations on the media we consume, and what we're owed on the part of those who create that media. They talk about how expecting a book to be terrible can actually help our impressions, while describing a book as "one of the greats" can often create an impossible hurdle. Josh talks about how expectations engendered rage at Lady in the Water and a surprised enjoyment of Solo, and Dietrich explains why he's more forgiving of the flaws in Palo Alto than he is with White Noise. The pair then discuss the sense of entitlement that social media has helped foster, and the ways that the relationship between creator and consumer has evolved in the last few decades. In addition, Josh discovers a Krakauer book that stumbles badly in the ending, Dietrich raves about a book by one of the best American humorists alive, and Josh looks at a Lovecraft-inspired book that isn't a horror novel. Finally, they wrap up with a disappointing entry in Netflix's Marvel canon, a tear-jerker of a documentary about one of the more fundamentally decent human beings in history, and finish with a Pixar movie that succeeded despite a few stumbling blocks. You can send questions or comments to email@example.com.