Ira Glass Gets Wrong

Or: How to Make a career in other people screwing up

Why is there such a big payoff for the listener in stories about wrongness? What makes it so pleasurable?

Well, if the story works, you become the character, right? You agree with their early point of view, and then when it gets shattered, you are shattered with it. So in the storytelling, you want to manipulate the evidence and the feelings so that the audience is right there agreeing with the person who’s about to be proven wrong. When that happens, if it’s done right, you as the audience get flipped upside down.

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  1. Hi, I’m Mr. Smug. I live in Rogers Park, Park Slope and/or San Francisco. Ira Glass is my idol.