Sometimes, we're influenced by people in unexpected ways, and we don't
even understand that influence until a lot later.
For me, one such guy
is David Letterman, and yes, I'm serious.
His show is very funny,
never condescending, even when he's being completely goofy. Some humor
will make me a little uneasy, but comedy means taking chances. I really
His humor is also gently subversive, a contrary note to
corporate entertainment. He's doing a good job negotiating the demands of
network TV and of his own conscience. Sometimes the most effective
rebellion is the gentlest.
His work ethic is impressive. He jokes about "entertaining America
each and every night"… but he means it. That's just what I mean by
spending around sixty hours a week doing customer service for craigslist;
he really has affected me. (When we automate more customer service I hope
to get a break, and maybe a day off, of sorts, but I'll always be doing
substantial cusotmer service.)
Also, despite the jokes, he's really serious about the quality of the
Sure, I'm oversimplifying, but I really do appreciate his work.