Today we live in the post-consumer society. Where the most important thing is not our responsibilities as citizens but our rights as consumers. Where everyone wonders how much Nike would pay them to put a swoshtike tatoo on their arm. This is the world we live in.Cynicism and Conspiracy:
I believe that this type of thinking slowly rots the soul, until humans beings take the same status as objects simply designed to meet our own selfish needs. Remember you are what you consume!
Todays movies no longer require the director to illustrate a government conspiracy. It is assumed automatically. Each high government official is assumed to have been killed as part of some grand plot to keep the truth from the American people.Stupidity:
Never mind the fact that no administration or special prosecutor can keep a secret for more than five or six minutes.
Never mind the fact that a couple of hicks from Arkansas can't even seem to pull the wool over a few retirees and speculators in a land deal. The conspiracy is assumed. Your denial only serves to cement your guilt.
Some of today's best loved movies do not tap into our feelings of love and longing. Rather they tap into the type of stupidity that is best equated to the type of humour most of us left behind in the sixth grade. Million dollar movies with real production values, given to jokes about farting.The reason for this page
Why is this phenomena so prevalent? I suggest it is because it taps into one of our worst fears, that we are indeed stupid. If we succeed in convincing ourselves we are indeed smart then we smugly congratulate ourselves for being better than they.
So I need to tell you that among my favorite movies, I would list Tommy Boy, and The Blues Brothers. These movies are silly but not stupid. The characters have a redeeming sweetness that is far different from the dumb and dumber genre. Of course a friend Michael Jackson III, once remarked "...not all shows should be the Walton's but at least one of them should be." So in conclusion, I would like to state rather randomly that I would like less dumb movies and more silly movies.
I really like this little trick where the folders open when you click on them. It is such a cool trick I decided to build a whole page around it even though I really didn't have any content for the page. Of course, it only works with IE4. I hate Browser stuff that only works on one platform, but this effect degrades very gracefully, and is extraordinarily cool, IMHO.