Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ranting For Money

A recent reddit post (yes, I'm shamelessly plundering it already for post ideas) asked that, if you could pick a topic to rant about and get paid $100 per minute, what could you rant about that would generate the most money?

This is, in reddit's unique way, a clumsy way of asking what you could rant about the longest. Of course, since I'm not insane, I didn't actually answer on that thread, but I figured since complaining bitterly about stupid stuff without having to interact with anyone beyond my computer screen is sort of my bread and butter, I would go ahead and post it here.

I have plenty of good candidates. Board games, for one. I know "ranting" implies some sort of complaint stream, and I don't have all that much to crank about the board game hobby, but there's enough. People who complain about luck. People who can't stand other people yet still want to play with other people. People who don't think party games are real games. And don't get me started on the irrational hatred people have against legacy-style games (games where you physically alter the board/pieces you purchase during play).

That's cheating, some may say--that's something you enjoy. If you're gonna rant, make it count. Fine. I could also complain about the insipidness of social media, how we're given this awesome, wonderful platform that could cause a bloom of knowledge and information and create intense, fulfilling relationships with people around the world, and we use it to post stupid videos made by 8-year-olds and obvious fabricated lies about presidential candidates that make bumper stickers look like an NPR broadcast.

Of course, if we're going to max out my income, the topic I'd pick is economics. There is so much economic ignorance out there, and--at the risk of sounding like an old man--it seems to be getting worse. (Probably not; social media's just making it easier to find. But still, I have to waggle my cane in someone's general direction, might as well be this.) There's a core amount of economic laws that are more or less just as universal as the laws of physics (not really, but functionally so), and you can't simply handwave them away because they don't meet your own personal goals. Supply and demand exist whether you want it to or not, and making policy with crossed fingers and birthday wishes is detrimental to everyone. Mix this with politics (because why not), and hoo boy.

Anyway, I could easily make myself a brazillionaire with this concept. Just need to find the right sponsor.

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