It was the most boring Super Bowl ever.
The commercials were too safe.
Or . . .
It was the best defensive performance in Super Bowl history.
The halftime show privileged precision over scale (yes, even the singer’s chest)
The ads played perfectly to the market.
What is the takedown doing for us? What benefit are we deriving from calling out the worst of what we see? I ask not because I’m a fan of either team, the performers, or the products, but because this whole spectacle is a rare cultural moment featuring professionals at the top of their fields sharing their craft, and it seems to me that our default response to that kind of sharing has become unnecessarily and uncritically negative.
And I wonder what that’s doing for us.
I wonder what it’s doing to us.