Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Word Disrupted

It's way too late to suggest getting rid of "disrupt," so all that's left now is to figure out what it's supposed to mean. We are stuck with it, and it will be used; it is stuck with us, and it will suffer many shapes. Jenji Kohan created Weeds, then moved to Netflix to make a show about women in prison: Fairly disruptive. "I'm easy to work with, unless you piss me off," she says in a cover quote: Neither disruptive nor non-disruptive.

Nic Pizzolatto did a show on HBO about two difficult men whose most memorable lines he may or may not have cribbed from a book about difficult men: Not very disruptive. Or is a disrupter someone who does something, anything, notable? "There's this assumption that television people must be all things to all people. And I would rebel against that. I don't think that's the role of art in society," says Pizzolatto. Strictures about the role of art in society? Not very disruptive!

And then the issue of the e, the er:

It does look better. Is this disruption? I think so.

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David Cho (#3)

Seems a little harsh, both of the showrunners in TV creation terms did do things that previously hadn't been attempted before and thus, again just in terms of TV creation, did in fact "disrupt" the norm…

John Herrman (#8,286)

@David Cho Sure! It just feels sort of… deflating I guess? Strange? To insist on talking about everything in the language of entrepreneurship.

David Cho (#3)

@John Herrman Agree that the broadening and further douche-ification of the word feels offensive and just sort of unnecessary, but I think in a place where there are insufferable people, no matter what the genre there will be crossover word use.

KarenUhOh (#19)


carpetblogger (#306)

@KarenUhOh Dismemberers

ejcsanfran (#489)

I thought "disruptive" was just a synonym for "monetizing being an asshole." And yes, I realize that my using the term "monetizing" pretty much makes me an asshole.

hershmire (#233,671)

It's only disruptive if everything else is changed by your actions. A new television show is popular, but 99% of the rest of TV stays the same? Not disruptive.

Now "Survivor" was disruptive. It pretty much ruined TV forever.

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