Archive for the ‘World Topical’ Category

The Retarding of Like Words or Something

June 15, 2007

sheep at griffithI’m a fairly young individual so I haven’t been around to really experience tremendous shifts in our culture. Sure there was 9/11, but nothing really changed. I suppose I was around for the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of communism, oh, and the end of the cold war. But none of that really affected me or the reality of my world. Did I really think it was all going to end with the press of a button. At that age I was a bit more optimistic; I probably assumed the Transformers would step in to save the day. I missed the really big ones like Vietnam and the nuclear holocaust when our music and films were shaken by the political times. I don’t think I’ve seen a culture more affected in their art by the devastating effect that the nuclear holocaust had on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. All that aside I consider myself an observant young individual, taking note of the smaller things, like shifts in style and taste of music, film genres and fashion. Sitting here I imagine a time in which the blue period was the talk of the town and critics alike. Romantic comedies were big a year ago, the blue period was big two centuries ago. That shift is not a cyclical one, that’s a cultural upheaval. That’s not a fad, that’s a phenomenon. But this awareness also extends to the way people represent themselves through speech.

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The Big Gay Bomb

June 12, 2007

Somebody brought this video to my attention.

It’s really quite astounding what people will come up with when they’re forced to think of any and all solutions they can. Especially when it’s non-lethal war material. Isn’t the idea of war to be lethal…otherwise it wouldn’t be war. I recall the scene in Doctor Strange love, “There is no fighting in the war room!” I guess we can never say that the military or our government doesn’t think out side of the box…or closet.

The news follows up with the usual suspects. Here’s the angry gay person, here’s the gay person who thinks the idea is silly. Here’s the response from the military avoiding the subject, probably because they know the idea is just as silly as we do! Let’s look at the note a little more closely. “One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.” First, just admire the absurdity of this statement. That would have to be one pretty strong aphrodisiac to cause homosexuality among religious fanatics that like to blow things up. Secondly the word distasteful seems to actually imply that the use of such a weapon or the idea of building such a weapon that could do this would be distasteful, not that the act of homosexuality is distasteful. So the gay people whose arguments they get don’t really have grounds for arguments.

Truly though, it is just absurd.

“Crash”, Mel and The Flaws in Racial “isms” or Reverse Racism – A Rant

August 17, 2006

I was a fan of the film “Crash”, but I also realize it was incredibly flawed. Some of the greatest movies made in my eyes are incredibly flawed; films in which the vision of the filmmaker becomes so self-contained that it loses some of the logic or reality and follows more of a poetically emotional path. A couple others for me are “Bladerunner” (my favorite of films), Shyamalan’s “The Village”, and “Lady in the Water”, and “The Life Aquatic: with Steve Zissou”. These films to me retain a certain beauty, a carefree attitude toward what is expected and should be accepted as art in film. There’s a greater level of ingenuity, and originality in these films – moments of humanity that cannot be achieved by the type of filmmaker who sticks so closely to the three act structure. Coppola and Kubrick are the two greatest achievers of this art form whose films are typically not flawed, though I feel “Full Metal Jacket” falls into the latter, and “Eyes Wide Shut” disappears into the ethereal of flawed filmmaking, but I’m getting away from the focus of this Blog: “Crash”.

Many believe “Crash” to be unrealistic in it’s depiction of racial warfare and racism. No one would act out that way in reality or be that vocal about it. They argue that the racism people struggle with is far more subtle and dangerous. The things we keep to ourselves. It’s far more dangerous for a political leader to hate African Americans to himself than it would be to hate them out loud. I understand that. It is a far more realistic a view of the world. Or is it? (more…)