Dawn's Early Light challenged tdaxp to share his thoughts on an Economist article on a European version of American Idol and what 12 years of the contest shows about England, France and other nations because it removes politics and money from consideration. The challenge is in the post below:
"Posting a challenge for systems and network expert Daniel Abbot of tdaxp. This Economist article entitled "Musical Chairs: Musically, Britain is Europhile and France Europhobe" has a very interesting approach of following a Euro contest similar to American Idol to determine which countries' citizens are most in step with the heart of Europe based on voting patterns. DEL is curious of Dan's take on the study and if it matches at all with some of his modeling on Europe. I will update this post with Dan's comments."
Dan of tdaxp wrote a brilliant response that argues the underlying study is faulty because of its views on "Quality".
You may appreciate "Quality" but have never given the idea much thought. That would have been my perspective prior to the post. However, Dan creatively takes Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and uses it along with 17th century philosophy to deconstruct the main point of the article. DEL will reflect a bit more on Dan's post and return to it tonight.
In the meantime, please join me in enjoying an amazingly well conceived post.