LB: So I Joined This Site Called Quora…

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…And while I don’t entirely understand the place yet, I’m enjoying myself, mainly because I seem to be gaining insight into how other people think.

If you’ve never heard of Quora, the nutshell description is that people become members and members ask questions. About anything. After which these questions are answered by other members. Some of the answers are right. Some are wrong. All, from what I’ve seen so far, are heartfelt.

And that, of course, is where the insights come in. Everything’s divided into various topics, and as I read through the Q & A about the topics I’m most interested in, which, these days, are writing, television, and, I’m a little embarrassed to say, marketing, I learn:

  • What others interested in those topics want to know more about
  • What others interested in those topics actually know about the topics
  • The actual answers to the questions – sometimes

Obviously, the big problem with a site like this is that one hell of a lot of misinformation can be disseminated. Fortunately, most of the questions in the topics I’ve been following are opinion questions like:

  • Fine Art: Do you believe art can provide inspiration to scientists?
  • Entertainment: Is there any truth to the rumor going around, that Lindsey Lohan got behind the wheel & drove sober today? Please keep me updated. This almost sounds like a 7th Sign of the Apocalypse. I feel safer on the road—-yet concerned.
  • Comedy: Which is the best comedy series of all time and why?

And some of the factual questions are just plain fun:

  • Entertainment: Is there any truth to the rumor going around, that Lindsey Lohan got behind the wheel & drove sober today? Please keep me updated. This almost sounds like a 7th Sign of the Apocalypse. I feel safer on the road—-yet concerned.

Today I found a question that I’ll probably answer here at TVWriter™ next Monday because I think it’s a good one: “What does it feel like to see your screenplay come to life in production and on the screen?” I’ll also post my answer on Quora because that seems like the right thing to do.

Yesterday, I answered my first question on the site. Since I’m absolutely sure that it’ll fascinate TVWriter™ visitors, here it is:

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There already were a few answers, covering different aspects of the situation and all of them correct. But to me something important was missing – because none of the replies acknowledged the human equation those in the TV biz have to deal with every day. So I figured I’d add that little bit. In case you’re not in the mood to click the pic above and visit the topic, here’s what I said:

How about this practical reason? Directors have a tendency to take control when they get involved in things. Writer-producers don’t want to have to fight for their turf so they hire as many directors as possible to direct as few episodes each as possible and keep them from being too big an influence on the cast and crew?

So far I’ve gotten 8 votes from members saying they liked my answer. Which, surprisingly, turns out to be kind of cool. Bottom line here: I’m recommending Quora and suggesting y’all take a look.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide.

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television.

Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC.

Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including – yes, it’s true – Emmys.

One thought on “LB: So I Joined This Site Called Quora…

  1. Peter says:

    Indeed. A place to learn how others think. Quora is like an essay-style Wikipedia. Citations not needed. Frequently get lost here for hours. (‘~’)

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