Ask A Ninja + LonelyGirl15 = Less than the Sum of Its Parts

I have watched Ask a Ninja from the beginning, and I am a fan. I think some shows are more hilarious and some are less hilarious, but I have never known them to not bring the funny. That is – until today. Catching up on my videos at lunch, I watched the episode where they had on the actress from LonelyGirl15. Wow. The whole video was about 5 minutes long including intro, outro, shilling for the store, etc and it felt like 15. About 2/3 through I checked the time on this to see how much was left, because if it was a whole lot more I would have bailed. I’ve never watched LonelyGirl15, and listening to the creators on their panel at SXSW really did an anti-sell job on me. Had there been any danger of me watching, this crossover put that to rest. It wasn’t funny, the actress had negative charisma – she had none herself and she sucked some out of the ninja. Great googly moogly.

I realize that I’m old and some things are meant to baffle me, but an increasingly large percentage of the popular new media things (pretty much always video) just perplex me why they are popular. I understand the different strokes nature of the field, I just don’t understand how anyone’s stroke can be that different.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

4 thoughts on “Ask A Ninja + LonelyGirl15 = Less than the Sum of Its Parts”

  1. darkmoon says:

    Ehh… it wasn’t that bad. :p They’ve been store shilling for a long time now.

  2. dave says:

    Ben, I don’t mind the store shilling. In this particular episode, it was more interesting than the main bit.

  3. Ryan Holiday says:

    I agree that she has zero personality but I’m surprised you are confused at her success. It was a young, attractive girl being revealing and open on a webcam from her bedroom.

    Of course geeks are going to get excited about that. They should have just understand that their fantasy doesn’t match everyone else’s fantasy. And the LG15 creators should have realized that they weren’t as “loved” as they thought they were.

  4. dave says:

    Ryan, I can sort of understand the period when people thought it was authentic. It’s the period after everyone knew it was bogus that perplexes me. I don’t keep up with their tedious saga. Did the whole property come crashing down?

    As far as cute girls go, I find Geek Brief TV unwatchable myself, as well as the Microsoft On 10, etc etc. I stopped watching Rocketboom because I don’t like Joanne. It takes more than being cute to keep me interested. I’d rather see a plain but interesting person. Other geeks undoubtedly have different standards.

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