This is an informative example of point of view (POV): https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/a-simple-thing-biden-can-do-to-reset
Context: Matt Stoller writes about monopoly power and has had some involvement in government. He would be labeled as Left/Progressive on the American political spectrum.
These two sentences from the very top of the aforelinked article, really sum up the whole thing:
Today I’m going to write about what Joe Biden needs to do to reset the American republic in the wake of the Capitol hill riots. The most important step is to fix the rules of our commerce.
Here’s the translation: Today, I’m going to write about what Joe Biden needs to do to [fix a big, sweeping problem]. The most important step is to [embrace my POV].
Matt Stoller is establishing a causal link between embracing his POV and:
- A prominent current event
- A desirable resolution to the problem this event poses
He’s saying “my POV has value because it will fix a problem we’re all very aware of right now”.
It’s also interesting to see how Matt Stoller uses his POV to explain.
You have to read his article to see this, but there’s a lengthy passage where he links his POV (monopoly = bad) with the story of Ashli Babbitt, one of the January 6 rioters. This is where he uses his POV as an explanatory lens. He’s implying that if you understand and embrace his POV, it will help you understand why things happen the way they do.
With this, Matt Stoller is implying “my POV has value because it will help you understand how the world works”. This is powerful.
Again, this last claim is implied, but I think you’ll see it plain as day if you read the article.
Is Stoller’s POV the definitive, correct explanation of why the world works the way it does? Of course not. No POV can integrate the world’s complexity to achieve that feat.
But POV can help our audience feel that they understand things. Not 1000% thoroughly, but satisfactorily, in the way a story or narrative explains things.
I’ve been on a few podcasts lately! Most people know better than to invite me on their podcast, but two brave souls have risked everything and lived to tell about it:
- Brian Casel, who is the first name that comes to mind when I think about productized services, spoke to me about cultivating expertise and turning it into IP: https://productizeandscale.com/podcast/developing-your-expertise-turning-it-into-ip-w-philip-morgan/
- Jonathan Stark and I had a fun conversation about specialization. Jonathan and I are both advocates for specialization, so there’s a bit of purple Kool-Aid sloshing around this interview, but we also talked our way through some of the reasons why specialization will never be boring, even if you don’t make an optimal decision at first: https://podcast.ditchinghourly.com/episodes/philip-morgan-specialization-is-never-boring
Keep building; keep taking risks y’all,
1: The conversation with Brian Casel was the wildest podcast interview I’ve ever done, for somewhat mundane reasons. A few minutes into recording, the power went out here. Most of the power lines in Taos are underground. I love it – having fewer views interrupted by overhead power lines enhances the already significant natural beauty here. But there are overhead lines here too, and there is aging infrastructure like many places in the world. So sometimes the power goes out. I have a reasonably beefy UPS, but I also have a liquid-cooled 12-core computer that draws 200 to 300 watts of power, and so the rest of the podcast interview was a race against time with me sweating bullets all the way to the finish line.