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That’s probably the only way I can think of my lack of tumblr posts. I just stopped using this site a while ago because I felt anything and everything I discuss on this blog like thing is ultimately a futile gesture. What do I hope to change? What can I hope to do with it?
Answer is nothing. However, what I did end up doing is what a fair few people wind up doing: impressing themselves with their own self-importance. I’d see something and take a superior glance at the issue and think, ‘Yes. I can write a post on that. I can attack the issue! I can make a witty statement,’ and what I actually did was just rant about it on the internet.
Not very exciting stuff.
Despite the fact that some people enjoyed it, it just became more and more about pissing off other people and seeing how much I could confront them with. The problem was I would write a post on a topic and get the exact opposite reaction I had hoped for. I’d write about feminism and look at the gender equality issue only to encounter the crap I had just written. I’d discuss theism and suffer the same sort of attitudes I had just highlighted. I’d yell about One Direction and get told by some naive teen girl that I, ‘… just don’t understand what the boys mean to us…’.
At that point they had one song and were as generic as a Steven Segal film.
It reached a point where I spotted an anti-atheism lecture at my uni and I just threw my arms up in the air and said, ‘Fuck it. They can do what they want. Doesn’t matter what I do anyway,’. I wrote about and people gave me the same basic crap.
I was getting the opposite of what I wanted. I wanted people to discuss the ideas I had written about and I wanted them to assess what it was they believed. Whether that was religion, feminism or a strange taste in music, I just wanted them to think.
And I failed horribly at it.
Turns out I changed more people’s minds about the myths surrounding Marilyn Monroe in five minutes on facebook than I had changed people’s minds on tumblr total. I sat down, ranted to a friend, we did some research, I put a status which called people out, they commented back and then my friend and I just backed each other’s replies and gave the real information. At the end of the post/thread’s active time, we had swayed about five people to at least pretend they had re-thought that belief.
I look at tumblr as place where I fed my ego and propped up my self-importance. Eventually, you realise that it’s worthless for the purpose of changing people’s minds and that the only real purpose for it is mindless entertainment.
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You ever sit down to watch something and go, “Well fuck I can’t watch this without a snack, it’s just boring,”. Well, I can’t do that. I have to watch something to be able to eat more otherwise I just get bored of eating. It’s just, “Oh hey, my body fuel tank is full up to the brim, why waste the time? I have stuff to do,”. Then I tend to move on. It’s like having cookie with no milk, it’s just irritating. I mean you can do it but it’s not as good. Anyway, I’ll stick with the milk and cookie example for a little bit.
Milk is now to be considered whatever it is you’re watching and cookie is what you’re eating. If I run out of milk before I run out of cookie, that sucks. Cookies are dry and leave you with a dry mouth which is never fun. So, you pour yourself another glass of milk. Funnily enough though, if you finish the cookie before the milk, you don’t care too much, it’s still ok, milk is fine. So, if I finish my dinner before my video ends I’m ok with that but if I end my show before my dinner I need to start another one.
Also, if I can’t find a good show it makes eating harder. I gotta be interested in something else. Maybe this is a sign of the times, when we need to be constantly entertained to even take enjoyment out of the basic things like eating. Maybe this is how the next generation will wind up; fucking useless. Sitting around bitching because they ever have nothing to eat while they watch a show or nothing to watch while they eat. Man, it’s starting to seep into my reading, which for me is usually the most private, solitary and best entertainment I have. I sit in bed, crack a book and read. Now, I’ve taken to having something to munch on while I read and maybe a drink of coke or water or something. It’s like I need to enhance the experience.
Maybe, I just need to readjust to eating at a table with my family. We don’t do that any more, all of us eat alone, often at different times and we don’t talk. Mind you when we used to eat together, I never saw the point of trying to entertain a conversation with the family if I was eating. One thing at a time. That and it’s rude to talk with something in your mouth.
It’s a sign of the fucking times. Maybe it’s not a bad thing. I say that now because that was all starting to sound too much like a ye old cry of “RETURN TO TRADITIONAL VALUES BECAUSE THE WORLD SUCKS TODAY AND WE’RE ALL VIOLENT DICKHEADS,” and that’s fucking retarded. The end of morality, at least in absolute sense, is probably a good thing as it allows for more objective decision making unhindered by absolutes and zero compromise.
Eat how you wanna eat. Eat what you wanna eat. Go for it. Just try to remember what eating used to be like before you became a solitary hermit living in your room on the internet.
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Now, this is something a mate put me onto. An ultra violent, ultra graphic, ultra sexual and ultra epic series centralised around the tale of Spartacus a gladiator. The tale of Spartacus, the slave who became a gladiator before leading a revolt of his fellow gladiators, kicking ass through Rome and eventually pretty much telling legion after legion to go hump a chainsaw is well known. This version is essentially the same thing, it doesn’t seem diluted down with other crap in fact it seems enriched with different bits of perhaps probable detail. Very cool stuff.
I enjoy the story as it has the necessary elements of romance, love, violent struggle, betrayal, suspense, un-fucking-believable odds, brotherhood and all the good parts of an old timey legend. And it can be called only a legend. Because that’s what the story was. Anyway, I like those aspects of it and the series brings maybe a little closer image to it, a more confronting and less censored version. Instead of just this guy killing a bunch of people, you watch him gouge out eyes and violently slay any mother fucker who steps up. I think that confronting detail is what makes it. You don’t get to gloss over it, if they fuck, they fuck, if they kill, they kill and you watch it all.
I also like how it kind of represents the tale of Rome. A culture gone mad with their own power, lavishing in their riches, believing in their honour and selling it for more power. It’s humanity at it’s most civilised and barbaric. As stupid as that sounds, that’s what it is. On one hand they’re beasts, mindlessly consuming and devouring everything, putting prices on others lives. And yet they’re civilised with rules and order and certain social nuances that need to be obeyed. There’s still a semblance of reasoned order.
I kinda like Rome. I mean they pretty much reinvented warfare, tactics and organisation. The richest and most powerful lavished in their wealth, they wallowed in it and made entertainment and enjoyment their purpose. I kind of like that idea, it’s something which has been bothering me for a little while. Were the Romans so bad? I mean slavery sucks and there’s many things wrong with them but they’re not so different. I mean we focus on entertainment, tv replaced whores and sexy dancers to an extent and sports stadiums replaced the arena. We like to fritter away our time. Maybe, excessive pleasure seeking is a goal to aim for.
Anyway. SPARTACUS. Watch it. It is good.
Right. I don’t like going to the cinema very often and I’m not a huge fan of film. I think the last one I went to see was probably the Harry Potter finale and to be honest I was just laughing the entire way through. I just really dislike the movies, it’s expensive, the films are usually shit and I have to put up with dumb shits in the cinema as well. Anyway, I’ve stumbled across two movies that are rather rage inducing and I figured, “Hey, why not complain about them?”. So, we have Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman. Now, one of those might be ok to watch and the other… is complete shit and should be burned.
First off, let’s start with the Chipmunks. You’ve got Earl from my name is earl and a bunch of helium sucking animated annoying rats dancing around and spouting a lot of what some dumb shit director considers to be popular sayings and buzzwords from this latest generation. They probably get into all kinds of shit and in the end there’s a nice fuzzy warm feeling because something nice happened. In other words your basic complete shit, live action meets animated film which should be just ended much the same way as Arnold offs himself in Terminator 2. Except, there’ll be no sadness, no last epic music, it’ll just be “THANK FUCK WE DESTROYED THEM ALL,”. Now, I like how there’s 3 of these shit films based upon shoddy ideas. Not one, not 2 but three. THREE TERRIBLE FILMS AHAHA. Sweet Jibbly Jiblets. Surely humanity can do better than these monstrosities. And you know I mentioned that when the ad was on and I got the reaction of “Awww but they’re cute, I think it’s a good movie,”, so there you have it folks, my mother likes stupid shit. That and I think a good portion of chicks would say the same thing, “THEY’RE SO CUTE,”. Let me just put this idea to rest. CUTE SHOULD NOT DEFINE HOW GOOD A MOVIE IS, FUCK, IT’S CALLED PLOT, ACTING AND ALL THAT OTHER GOOD SHIT. Also, there have been so many better animated films it doesn’t make any sense to have this one as the one you make 3 of. I mean Up is apparently really good and I tend to believe that and Despicable Me was really good too. On the other hand, maybe it does make sense because of you make any more than one you fucking ruin them. Look at Shrek, it’s now been reduced to making Christmas specials. The first one was good, really well done and the second was ok and then it just slipped into crap. Couldn’t even enjoy it on the basis of the others.
Anyway, I was watching a youtube video and there’s those obnoxious fucking ads and one of them was for a movie. It starts out with some epic medieval battle scenes with some lady talking over it, there’s some magical shit going on and then it’s all rather crazy pretty lady, killing virgins, bathing in milk and the like. And then it shows her saying “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” and then some mercury looking magic thing tells her, “You’re pretty hot, hottest around but there’s another who can take that crown. She has a fine body, lips and eyes. She looks better and doesn’t have all of your lines,”. The bitch flips out and starts yelling for Thor. Well, the actor who plays Thor and essentially it’s the same sorta role. “CONGRATS, YOU’RE AN ACTION HERO,” “That’s fine, I’m in movies and as long as I never have to go back to Home and Away I’ll just play the same sort of role,”. SO, then there’s Thor cruising around with some axes and fighting suckers and magical people. All in all it looks kinda good. I mean, it actually looks like a decent movie, where you sort of tune out and enjoy some stupid violence and some half way decent acting. My only problem is the fact they needed to leach off of the Snow White idea and to be honest, the more I think about it, the less pissed I get because this is just taking another version of the story. Everyone seems to forget that Disney fucking stole most of these from the Brother’s Grimm and their shit was, no pun intended, pretty grim. It’s all dark and shit. Hansel and Gretel? Thrown out of their home to starve to death in the forest before being held as slaves to a cannibal witch. Not exactly comforting material and some of them were much worse. So, I think taking the grim dark line on some intellectual property which has been essentially Disney-fied into being some light hearted shit with some cute looking dwarves is excellent. Let’s take it back to the true fucking beginnings of these stories. Much more entertaining.
Still, it’s a little worrying to note that they had to do that to be original and it’s even more concerning that Alvin and the Chipmunks was popular enough to gain it three movies. That shit just keeps me up at night. What is wrong with us? We can’t think of better ideas? So, at least Snow White and the Huntsman looks decent and takes a fresh line with a pretty well known story. Although, if they ever try to grim dark the Lion King, I’ll be pissed. I know it’s not a fairy tale and that it’s probably based on some tale from the English Royalty from some time ago but still, they might try. Seriously, an uncle killing a father and then banishing the son to take control of a kingdom? Sounds like something that happened in the middle ages. The son winds up with some other exiles who marvel in their cowardice? SOUNDS LIKE THE FRENCH TO ME! I’m joking, the French are ok, they’re just an easy target.
Anyway, avoid the Chipmunks, watch Snow White and research the Lion King.
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I think there’s far too much of an emphasise on entertainers, celebrities and sports stars. I think these are one dimensional beings with limited careers, limited positive impact and their arenas of skill are largely useless in a practical sense. You can kick a ball? Whoop dee doo? You can run really fast? Whoop dee doo? These aren’t exactly the skills that save lives, progress knowledge or really contribute to anything of any value. Entertainers and celebrities just seem to me to be these pathetic idols that are used to distract people from real issues and from their own lack of understanding. I’m yet to actually see a film star who has contributed to any particular field or a sport’s star who has developed a better system for unemployment schemes.
If you look at what people care about, you’ll get shit like “THE IMMIGRANTS”, “Whether or not Twilight is better than Harry Potter” “How bad is that current teenage singer?” and maybe one actual issue like say the gay marriage debate which as I have said on numerous occasions shouldn’t even be a debate, if it weren’t for fucking bullshit Abrahamic Religions and a basic fear of different people it’d be a simple matter of saying “Oh shit we are denying a basic right to these people because of a bad definition and because they are different,”. Fuck we fixed that issue on the basis of colour and sex but not sexual orientation? Lazy fucking pricks.
Anyway, I think that the social focus on entertainers, particularly reality tv, pop music and sports costs us our ability to actually focus on real problems. It costs us our attention to knowledge, detail, information and understanding. I mean we blame our politicians but how do they get power? The majority elects them. When people say that they didn’t vote for the Prime Minister, I say, “OF COURSE YOU FUCKING DIDN’T. We don’t elect our pm as per se, we vote in our local federal member and the party with the majority in the house of reps picks their leader to be pm, pm picks a cabinet and boom,”. When people tell me not hate on the Queen because she’s “… a nice lady…” I say, so, so fucking what? My mum’s a nice lady and would that give her the right to be in charge of a large amount of wealth and power simply because she was born into the right family and her uncle decided to marry a divorcee in a time when that shit wasn’t cool? Fuck no. So why should that fly for this old hag? Then they ask what other system would I pick because the US Republic structure isn’t too different. That earns you my glare of “Were you born an uniformed idiot or did you have to work on it?”. The majority of European countries are republics and use a better republic model. Just because the US has the most famous model doesn’t make it the only one.
This is why I think this popular entertainment system is merely another opiate for the masses; a distraction from real issues. If people can be concerned about a football team of any code then they have less time to spend looking at real problems. Take the bloody English Premier League, you see all those very passionate fans, many of them living in lower earning brackets and they’re often oblivious to how they are missing out because their education system is falling behind or their country is wilting. The same with the AFL or cricket here. People spend all this time worrying about the sport they fail to actually grasp the core of their problems.
And like fuck you’ll find anyone actually devoted to researching some of these problems in depth. I have had to fucking correct people on the core tenets of certain aspects of their belief on occasion. Not particularly fun because these people think themselves scholars of these beliefs simply because they believe in them and they don’t like being corrected. Seriously, when I have to explain to a person how being a Catholic and being a Christian is not a mutually exclusive state because they both believe Jesus was the son of god and then they get pissy with me, I want to hurt them. When I have to explain how political system works to people, I get mad.
So, when there are all these petty entertainers who distract masses from the real world, I get mad. People are so fucking devoted to these petty distractions and seem to lack the fucking ability to question their world that it’s a small wonder that I have any fucking patience left with this kind of person. And yet I keep thinking that maybe the next person will listen, understand and work towards something better.
So, I would say, focus less on the mania surrounding celebrity and focus more on what is actually important. A sport’s star did something sporty? Whoop dee doo. A nation seems to be making overtly aggressive stances towards another? That’s something to be concerned about. Fuck the new Twilight movie off, focus on the fact that there are still people who believe they have the right to deny others their rights and then hide behind the very rights they would deny others. Fuck me.