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October 25, 2007


Matt Mihaly

I apologize for the serial commenting but that was the most incredible "reality tv" video I've ever seen. I sincerely hope a top opera company has picked him up. I am not sure that Pavarotti ever sang Nessun Dorma better.




Don't apologize, comments like yours keep bloggers blogging.

Regarding Paul Potts, not only did he win the entire Britain's Got Talent Contest, he is now a famous singer, you can buy his music online.

Dreams do come true.

Check your email by the way.

Mukund Mohan

Awesome. I had not watched this before since we are here in US and I personally dont like American idol, but thanks for the pointer.

I think I watched it now 3 times.

Murat Aksu


This is a very good video. I watched it with my family and my 6 year old son Selim, inspired by the video, started to talk with an opera singing voice to us for the rest of the day.

Good to see Mukund Mohan is also a reader of your blog. He used to be former boss at Mercury Interactive.


This is great. I am watching it over and over again and each gtime it makes me want to cry

Irem Yurtcu

This is a very inspiring video, this man captures you with his voice. Reminds me how I miss American reality shows after I returned to Istanbul from US.

Manjit Syven Birk

We all want to be surprised and inspired, but if we keep our eyes open, our appreciation for talent becomes extraordinary when we become alive to the astounding reality of having six billion people in our world. All light and liquidity has to come inwards before it can grow.

The world still covets a larger-than-life Paverotti's but it should welcome even more all the regular little Potts in the Garden of Paradise. We seek to find things that are extraordinary but that is a short-term and momentary view of life, when the harvest is the long-haul, the long-term and so the blessing and appreciation that we usually most need to tune into, are more likely to be found in the vicinity of our own home.



Well said Syven.


Incredible. My wife is laughing at me for not having seen or heard this before. Maybe I should get a TV but then again there is Baris and YouTube.


When I went downtown to Toronto earlier today I was confronted by a huge Paul Potts poster advertising a live performance, and i wasn't at all expecting to see him pop up in my town.

I missed the performance by about 2 hours but I got a full sense of the media publicity machine in action and it was highly surreal and reminded me of what Marshall McLuhan had predicted so long ago.

Watching all this unfold before me made me glad that the vast majority of people are spared being sucked up into this media vortex, and while Paul Potts is getting incredible recognition, this was more than just Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame, it is an awesome machinery that kicks into high gear for the growing jaws of consumer appetite.

Watching this, it made we wonder why anybody would want to be famous, for there are lots of millionaires we have never heard about, the visibility and appeal of success here is highly disproportionate to the actual returns available in occupations without public visibility.

I did listen to Luciano Pavarotti and there is a world of difference in quality and I wondered whether Potts popularity is in part the spiritual slipstream of a passing legend?



Good points Syven. Time will tell if he's for real.
But even if he passes, it's not bad for where he started from.


Baris, you know what's sad in much wider sense, was watching Paul Potts put in a live appearance on our local Home Shopping Network. I am happy for the success Potts is achieving, what I am doing is waking myself up to modernity so I can question it to ensure that I am awake rather than simply be a happy attachment of media.

It is not about whether people are for real because that says we only become "real" if remain a success but to question what the new media marketplace isn't about success, it is about intelligence. Could you imagine Luciano Pavarotti appearing on the Home Shopping Network and if not, why not?

This reminds me of the Eddie Murphy movie called "G" where "G" is a thoughtful traveler picked up by a couple of marketing executives and ends up being the star on their home shopping network. That movie was about that bit of life which is more important than the mechanics of media itself.

Don't get me wrong I love talent and especially the development of raw talent, but I only raise my concerns to examine if there is pluralistic ignorance is in operation at least in my own life, or at to do a raw check of my own values to test whether my priorities are sound in a world where the more communication is accelerating at frenetic speed.

To keep up with this pace, I figured that I must learn to think differently to makes sense of the media transformation which now surrounds us all. If intelligence isn't simply about success, it is about challenging oneself and what better way to challenge oneself about media than to generate some personal awareness.

It is the same as you said about Andy Kaufman, that his comedy made people think; but I am not here to make others think, in a world governed by sound bites, blackberry mail, IM messages, twitters, lowest common denominators and other one-liners - I engage online to keep myself thinking so that I accept media and information space as it grows does change our lifestyle.

This media surge is only invasive unless we treat it as a passive medium. If I make you think, then that is a choice you have made, the choice I made is to make sure that my thinking leads me to some form of greater intelligence - this Paul Potts discussion is a portal to that.

Being thoughtful is as important as being innovative in the new media space, not because Paul Potts has talent, but because we also do, and there comes a point where IMHO we have to be thoughtful about our personal relationship to our own talent. It is back to good old Socrates maxim - To Know Thyself.

Do you think Socrates would sit quietly if he was alive in today's media environment or what do you think he would do someone would find a way of getting him on the Home Shopping Network. I know what Socrates would do - he would question it which would lead him to a greater question. Can today's media not become our own Socrates - a Socrates 2.0.?


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