Saturday, March 15, 2014

Writing mojo, blogs, and paradox

I read blogs.  I don't follow them religiously but drift over to them to check out what some of my favorite thinkers are thinking.  I've been thinking about my own blog and wondering about the things I think.  This blog has seen some spotty authorship from me at best.  Partly because a lot of my writing mojo is poured into sermons that are posted elsewhere.

I'm also biased toward in-person conversation, literally bodies hanging out together.  Talking while working together, playing together, making the world better together.  You get the idea.  Occasionally I'll sit with someone or a few someones and one of them will ask why I don't blog.  I point at them and at me and say, "This, this is what I do, I'm an in-person kind of person."  That makes the blog world trickier.  But I also like the bigger conversation of the blogosphere - getting to be in a conversation with people that I don't get to meet in the general flow of life.  In-person is cool and being connected into a larger conversation is cool.  Let it be known, paradoxes are also among my favorite things - two things that get to be true at the same time.


1 comment:

  1. Many NBA 2K fans would love to see the late Kobe Bryant as the cover athlete for the next version of the game. Even Hall-of-Famer and Bryant’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal said he felt that Kobe should have his own cover/edition for NBA 2K21.
    While that might seem like the right thing to do, it’s not as simple as it would appear to some.
    2K and any company who uses Bryant’s likeness has to tread lightly. This has nothing to do with sorting through the legalities of incorporating the likeness of a prominent person who is deceased. The caution I’m referring to is all about the optics.

    2K must avoid looking as though they are exploiting a tragedy and being accused of profiting from the legend’s death. You can tell 2K is already sensitive and aware of this possibility.
    This past week, NBA 2K20’s MyTeam mode released a new Pink Diamond Kobe Bryant card along with a set of Career Spotlight Challenges. The card and everything attached to it was free to every MyTeam player.
    It was presented as a way to say thank you to all the MyTeam players who have played the mode consistently since this version of the game was released in September 2019, and to pay homage to Bryant.

    I believe there will be more Bryant content released, and I’m willing to bet there won’t be any sort of price (virtual or actual currency) required to obtain him.
    I’m expecting a pretty significant grind that is connected to the tasks required to add the Galaxy Opal James Harden card to your NBA 2K21 MT collection, but no money. Usually, choice cards are placed in packs where fans will either grind or buy VC so that they can take their chances trying to pull the content. The odds of getting these cards are low, but it happens.
    Putting any Bryant card in packs would almost certainly be met with a slew of negative feedback, and while it probably wouldn’t be as egregious to feature him on the cover, some critics would still accuse 2K of exploitation.


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