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June 25 2003

Joss Whedon speaks to FilmForce. Part 3 - the Roseanne years and the genesis for the Buffy movie.

[E]very time somebody opens their mouth they have an opportunity to do one of two things connect or divide. Some people inherently divide, and some people inherently connect. Connecting is the most important thing, and actually an easy thing to do. I try to make a connection with someone every time I talk to them, even if I'm firing them. Because a connection can be made. People can be treated with respect.

One of the many reasons I love this guy. He's talking about show running, but really, this is about anyone's life; sure is about mine. This is the message I tried (and tried and tried and tried) to get across to the guy I worked for at a startup. But it was him against the world, meaning the rest of us. (I wish I could say for the sake of my point that the place tanked but my former boss is now a gajillionaire. Then, so is Roseanne.)

I just hope those of us here at Whedonesque who run businesses or manage people (or heck, just interact with anyone anywhere) take the above quotation to heart, because connection's what it's all about. (she's Really Deep, Man!) I have to remind myself of that from time to time, especially with two kids under age six...
I liked this one, too--not least because it's one of the themes of season 7.
Wow, I love reading what Joss has to say. He's a very cool individual. I also like what he said about connections and English Public school.
Yep, I was thinking of work when I read that. In fact I was thinking about that at work earlier today, before I'd even read the article. Which is weird. Just the idea, not put into words. Very strange.

Anyway, great interview. Look forward to the rest.

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