Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The MDG letter - the response from Jerad Solomon

Other MDG posts:
The MDG Simulation Game
An open letter to the creators of MDG
Hanis' banner design

About a week
ago, I mailed an email to the creators of MDG, with various suggestions and thoughts about the show.

No one responded, largely. However, Jerad Solomon, of which MDG was his brainchild (it's
MDG that's the brainchild people, not Jerad!), was kind enough to reply.

"For the last time, I'm not the brainchild, MDG is my brainchild...!!!"

Anyways, if you've read my email, this is what he had to say.


Thank you for your comments and detailed analysis of our show.

Best regards,

Jerad Solomon

I was like, 'that's it?' Damn sien weh, I write so long he one sentence done already. I a bit mm kam wan can. I decided to prod him a bit more - I really wanted to know what he thought about it. I replied:

....Thanks for replying. Do you have any comments at all regarding my email though? I'm interested in knowing what you think, as someone who created the show, and is very close to the production process (and subsequently the complications not privy to viewers). My thoughts are just from a viewers angle, and thus it would be very refreshing to have a 'backstage' viewpoint.

Nothing happened. I was puzzled. I'm sure many people email them regarding MDG, but I had hoped that mine was serious enough for them to properly respond to it - I mean, it's hardly of the angry email genre at all which I think would form the majority of the MDG email demographic....

I decided to politely follow up with him a little more. I wrote:

I am still awaiting further comments on my thoughts - please let me know what you think. Which points you feel make sense, or conversely are totally nonsensical? Which ones may have potential for implementation for Season 2?

I am genuinely interested to hear what you think, I await your reply.

This time, I had a response a few days later. He replied:

While we appreciate your thoughts and comments, unfortunately we are unable to address each mail we receive on a personal level. Many of the points you raised have actually already been considered by our team. The rest we will keep in mind for the next season. The formula we eventually adopt will be one that best balances ideals, constraints and commercial factors.

Once again thank you for your time and interest in our show. We hope to hear from you again in the future.

Best regards,

Jerad Solomon

You bet you'll hear from me in the future. :) Probably not the immediate future though, I give up on this particular email tirade for the moment - I'm just going to assume they're going to clean up their act somewhat for Season 2 seeing they have less budget constraints and uncertainties.

Anyways, so yeah that's as far as I got, sorry for not getting a more thought-provoking response.

Thoughts, reader?


Hanis Zalikha said...

Dear Junkie,

haha I'll hear from you in the future. with more thought-provoking response, i hope. sigh.

junkie said...

Yeah, i know, disappointing. :(

abszynth said...

Thats a bummer! To think thats all you got for giving such non biased constructive criticism! With due respect I think your email was simply exceptional and very well written and I applaud you on that. If I was on the MDG team I would be very grateful and thankful for the time you had spent analyzing the show and breaking it down so clearly on how I can improve it even though there is nothing in it for u. Your input would bring a whole lot of changes and definite improvements for the next season of my show. Well all I can say is I thank you on behalf of all those involved in MDG. Especially the contestants. Love you ~_~

junkie said...

I know it's disappointing, although I gotta say, comments from the favourites of MDG is already so rewarding though :) Thanks for the love! :)


dude! (i think you're a dude. are you a dude?) I salute you! That email was very well written. You musta aced your academic essays or something.

You've got some great points in there. Especially the one about the voting system (which I personally think it's big-time crap).

And that reply was disappointing. ;|

Keep up the good work. It's an interesting read.

Cheers~ :D

Ashleigh said...

I like your e-mails you sent to them, very thought provoking indeed. I agree with you about the 'show' on many levels.

Anyway, let's cross our fingers and hope that season 2 will be much better.