I often feel guilty for hating popular things and it kinda makes me feel like the old guy yelling at kids from his porch. I step back and wonder...am I just being a crank and the movie was good, or was it really bad and everyone else is just crazy?
At this point I remembered "Knight Rider". It was an 80's show about a man and a futuristic car solving crimes...I think. I loved that show when I was a kid. The intro was freakin amazing. I even liked the sound of the cars voice. But looking at it now, it's terrible. Stupid. Vapid. Ridiculous. Did it scar me? Did it scar the minds of America's youth? Is it contributing to the degradation of civilization? (actually, that's hard to quantify isn't it?)
So why am I so hard on these movies? Why not just let kids have their vapid eye candy? Sometimes people make a big deal over nothing just for the fun of it...which is what makes it fun. But I think fun...is the problem. Anything can be fun. Shopping can be fun...and it can also be stupid and potentially very destructive to your way of life. Going out and partying can be fun...but how do you party? What's involved in all this fun? How does it affect you in the long run? Ever listened to someone say they like a song they barely know the words to? They don't care, they just like the feel of it.
Well, all this might sound familiar to you. How do people interpret the news they listen to? How do people vote or gauge the politicians, policies, or whatever? Are they more critical and discerning- or do they go by feel and social momentum? Do they understand the details, or are they focused more on the flash-bang of what's going on? Do you buy by brand or by specifications?
I was thinking...there are similar beats here. It's not a direct connection, but you notice how movies, news, politics and all that have a hype about them? They hype you up- blow the situation way out of proportion. You find that people immediately react to it. They form an opinion immediately. New iphone coming out. Can see the cells on your fingertips with this one. Screens half an inch bigger. No more stone-age squinting on the subway. It's waterpoof...or proof. Whichever is not legally binding. It only costs $1000 dollars. Without accessories. Another one will come out a year later...be announced two months after you bought the last one making it already feel obsolete.
Don't know. Maybe I can't see the fun in it.