Better a Witty Fool than a Foolish Wit

Inner Workings of My Twisted Mind.

Ages of Innocence

I’m sitting here watching Walk The Line for the 3 millionth time and I can’t help but thinking that the fifties aren’t as innocent as we all like to think of them as.  And I thought about it a little more and how did the fifties get this rap as a time of innocence?  I mean the major portrayals of the fifties in film are American Graffiti and Grease, and they aren’t exactly innocent little romps (lest we forget the ‘hickey from Kenickie’ line).  The major movies from the fifties include Rebel Without A Cause, Sunset Boulevard and Vertigo to name just a few.  Is it the poodle skirts and saddle shoes?  Maybe the clothes give off the air of innocence, but I am loathe to believe that it is just the clothes that have propagated this whole myth of the innocent fifties.  

So as I’m thinking this to myself, being the good history student I am, I wonder what the truly innocent time was.  And then I came to a stunning realization (or at least I thought it was stunning), there isn’t an innocent time.  If we go back to the forties we were in a devastating war, in the thirties no one had any money, in the twenties no one had any booze (and we had just ended another devastating war).  I spent four years studying how different groups of writers thought they were revolutionary and in ways they were, but they weren’t any more or less innocent than their predecessors or their successors.  I mean we still don’t know how things will turn out.  Will Iraq turn into another Vietnam?  Are we going to make ourselves extinct?  In 10,000 years will someone find some film of Deal or No Deal and come to the conclusion that our society was completely obsessed with humiliating themselves?  Will it be seen as some kind of self-flagellation to go on The Price is Right and act like a crazy person?  Will those societies look at us and say ‘what innocence they had.’  In 50 years, will our quaint cell phone technology and wireless internet look completely ridiculous?  Is any society ever innocent?
Peace, Love, and Walking the Line,

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Culture, Hollywood, internet, Literature, Movies, Television | Leave a comment

My Favorite Blog

Alright I have this new favorite blog and it’s pretty much the funniest thing ever.  It’s calledStuff White People Like and it’s freaking amazing.  Basically, it’s a blog that makes fun of the ridiculousness that is white people…or more specifically middle class to upper class white people.  It is under the guise of an anthropological study of white people and what makes them tick, and the thing of it is that it’s so completely right on it makes you laugh out loud while saying, I totally do that.  Everything from Outdoor Performance Clothes to Yoga are encompassed in this amazing study of white culture.  

This is everything a blog should be.  It’s funny, irreverent, and completely pointless.  Or is it pointless?  Isn’t it important to point out the ridiculousness of certain subsets of humanity?  Are blogs meant to be pointless?  Are they meant to be serious and interesting all the time?  
I wrote a blog about blogging on the booksoup blog the other day (wow, I think that’s the record for the most usages of the word blog in a single sentence), and I basically came to no conclusions about blogs.  What is the point of blogging?  Is it to make us known as writers, maybe someday we too can win an oscar and wear a leopard print dress and lots of awesome tattoos to Hollywood’s hottest night?  Is it to exist in the world of cyberspace (or whatever term we are using now), and thus exist in the world?  Whatever the reason, blogging does provide much needed entertainment in the infinite blog soup of people talking about their usually mundane lives (and I’m not taking myself out of this equation).  
Again, I am not going to come to any conclusions on blogging, but I will say this: much like film and books and t.v. we need both comedy and drama, both real and ironic blogs, and Stuff White People Like is the best of comedic irony, without being too much like a bad t.v. sitcom.  
Peace, Love, and Blogging about Blogging,

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Awards Shows, Blogroll, Comedy, Computers, Culture, internet | 1 Comment

Random Thought

My last blog/email was about my new internet t.v. obsession, and I was being my usual obsessive self to my mother and she said something I can’t get out of my head.  First off, let me say my mother is a saint for listening to me ramble on about a bunch of nonsense.  She usually gets the oral version of these blogs/emails before they go out to all of you or she gets the completely and annoyingly detailed versions which I’m sure she couldn’t care less about.  Anyway, my mom said that she would never watch a television show on the internet.  Now for many of you this might be a completely unshocking thing.  In fact, now that I think about it, I’m sure the vast majority of people over a certain age would never even dream of watching t.v. on the internet.  It’s weird because before, the generation gap was always like, I’ve never known a world without AIDS or we’ve never had a t.v. without a remote control, and that’s not to say that these things don’t make a true generation gap (especially the AIDS one), but in the particular instance of internet television, it is simply because one generation doesn’t think of that as a way to watch television, and another one does.  The fact that I haven’t known a world without AIDS is simply because of the time I was born, it doesn’t have to do with a segment of the population actively participating or not participating in a cultural practice.

I don’t think I’m being very clear.  I was talking to my lesbian guru the other day about cable television and how older generations still sort of cling to the big three (ABC, NBC, CBS), which is why shows that don’t get super high ratings go off the air so fast on those networks.  She was saying that the older generations (I’m talking older than my parents), for the most part, don’t watch any other channels.  They grew up with the big three and they feel safe with them.  And it’s the same for internet television.  My parents generation, just doesn’t see the internet as a place to watch television, whereas I’m hard pressed to find one of my friends that doesn’t take time out of their day at work to watch last night’s lost that they missed.  It’s funny because in my generation, the big four (that would be ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX) post episodes of t.v. on their websites (there was just a big strike about this very issue, interesting), and even though I know no one in L.A. without a TiVo (yes that’s right, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a TiVo), we will all still watch these shows online.  Now maybe it’s because our jobs don’t require us to do anything (I’m actually going to take myself out of this because when I’m at work, I can’t go on the computer really), but when I used to be an office production assistant, I got through a big chunk of entire seasons of television shows because I wasn’t required to do anything.  Maybe this is simply a Hollywood burden (the entertainment business is so infinitely specialized that most people spend most of their day waiting around until it’s time to do their job), but I don’t think it is particular to Hollywood.  I think it is particular to youth.  
And this, perhaps, is the point I’m getting at.  My generation grew up in front of a computer.  I got the internet in the seventh grade, I got my first email account when I was a freshman in high school.  When I went to college I got a laptop and would IM my roommate who was literally sitting with her back to me on the other side of our small cement box of a room.  I grew up in front of a computer, and am thus, extremely comfortable with it.  More importantly though, I grew up with the internet.  I vaguely remember what it was like to have to try to find your way on maps (thanks to a cross country road trip I learned how to read one very well), I vaguely remember what it was like to have to look stuff up in the phone book (my phone book is now sitting in a corner of my porch, being used as a cat box), I vaguely remember what it was like to actually have to call your friends every single time you wanted to make plans (I rarely actually talk to someone I’m making plans with now, it’s all done via email, myspace, and text messaging…in fact, I’ve booked entire flight trips to another state without actually conversing with the inhabitants of said state).  Suffice to say, I am comfortable with the internet as a tool and as a part of my life.  I embrace the new.  I have a myspace account (that took come cajoling), I have email accounts (plural), I have a blog (also took cajoling), I’m a modern lady.  
Maybe it’s my own self-absorbed ways (I’m not dumb enough to think that I’m not a little self-absorbed), but I just now realized that my generation was the first for this.  We are really the first ones who truly are an internet generation.  Left in the woods I’m sure most of us would not survive, but starting with my generation, left without a computer (and a cell phone) we find even the simplest of tasks insurmountable.  Do I think it makes us better or worse?  Who am I to decide?  But really it makes us different, in a way that isn’t defined just by when we were born, but by how we are and how we think…I don’t think we’ve seen socio-cultural revolution like this since the sixties.  
Peace, Love, and Generation myspace,

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Computers, Culture, internet | Leave a comment