Recently, some attention was focused on a particular billboards advertising a recently released X men movie.
It was decided by a particular celebrity and some others that this was not acceptable advertising because, it could serve as a trigger for women who are victims of abuse. Not surprisingly, the movie company’s PR people went into damage control mode, removed the ads and apologized. Now do I have the ability to tell what is and is not a trigger for an individualal victim? No. Because I’m not them.
Flash forward to more recent events. No doubt the name Brock Turner has turned up in your news feed and perhaps even his photo. You know. The one where he’s got the big stupid grin on his face? Yeah I’m sure you’ve seen it. What you may also have seen are requests from friends and friends of friends to “make it go viral” in order to “teach this guy a lesson”. To which I respond, seriously??
We freak out about a still shot from a comic book movie that everyone KNOWS will have some violence in it, because it might make some a little uncomfortable.
Newsflash people. Here’s what most likely WILL trigger a panic. When the victims, yes I said victims because you know damn well she probably wasn’t his first, are continually barraged with the image of the guy who raped them!
As should be plainly obvious by the title of this post, I went to see Walt Disney Picture’s Tomorrowland. To let the cat out of the bag early, yes I enjoyed it. But more than that I found it to be inspiring. I don’t need to remind people that movies and TV shows about Dystopian and hopeless futures are popular nowadays. Hunger Games, Insurgent, Walking Dead, etc.. None bad in terms of entertainment and perhaps shedding some light on improvements to be made to society in real life. But still, focusing on depressing circumstances all the time does not a good future make.
Without giving specific plot away I can say the basic premise of the movie is that all the great minds of the past few hundred years, have worked on a way to bring about all their amazing inventions and ideas into what could be described as an alternate future. They work on these ideas without the interruption of bureaucracy, the lack of budget, or special interest groups. With that kind of freedom they are able to build a fantastic futuristic society based on hope and knowledge.
Our protagonist Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) finds her way into this world by way of a very unique pin. She then encounters an unusual young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who is much more than she appears and Frank Walker (George Clooney) who, as a boy, was also a visitor to this place. I will say no more of the movie’s specifics in order to remain spoiler free. I will however say this. The feeling of hope this film gave me was one I’ve not felt from a piece of entertainment in quite some time. And hope is a dangerous thing. Hope gets people motivated. Motivation makes stuff happen and that causes change and change can be frightening. Let’s get frightened together.
Recently I was on a message board I often visit. A person asked the above question. This was the answer I gave.
“Love is a deliberate act of kindness and compassion toward another living being without the expectation of that act being reciprocated. As long as one can be that way toward another, then yes love exists. Love isn’t a squishy warm feeling inside or a feeling of being warm and flustered around another person. That’s attraction not love.”
Internet/web annoyances. They’ve been with us all along and come in many forms. At first it was simple email spam and a pop up ad. These were occasional and not too bad. Until of course we started surfing more and all of our surfing data was collected, unbeknownst to us way back then, by big corporations and I suspect uncle Sam as well. Over time spam and pop ups seemed to increase exponentially. And then the creepy stalker factor came in to play. You Google something about dog food, aluminum siding, whatever and you are, within the hour bombarded with border ads and spam about, yes you guessed it, the exact same thing you just googled. Now comes social media yay! Now well be able to have personal contact without all those pop ups and spam! Yeah! Uh not so fast there Skippy. Now we have a whole new set of annoyances. I submit to you my pick for official social media annoyances. 1. The emotional blackmail meme. You know the ones. A picture, likely photo shopped of some horribly disfigured child who will only get well if you “like” the page of the person who posted the photo. Oh and if you choose to ignore them you are of course heartless and cruel.
2. The fire and brimstone meme. Similar to the one above but with religious overtones. It usually consists of a split screen picture with a shot of some actor who once portrayed Christ in a movie. Max Von Sydow seems to be a favorite choice. On the other side is something that looks vaguely like the Underwood deviled ham mascot after a lengthy steroid regimen and trying to do, I suppose, it’s best impersonation of Gene Simmons sticking his tongue out. The caption usually reads something like “Share of you’re going to heaven ignore if you’re going to hell”.
3. The update. It’s 2am on a Tuesday in 2006 and you’re casually web surfing. You come across an article or post and comment on it. Oh look a check box asking if I want to see if anyone else comments. Sure I’ll check that! “click” Muah hahaha! Foolish mortal! You will now receive multiple updated on that obscure post you commented on over 8 years ago! Ahahaha! If someone so much as clicks on the post you’ll get an email about it. Ooohh what was that you say you connected your Facebook/Twitter account to that post? Even better! Now we’ll bombard your wall with crap not even related to the original post! Yes, there are other things that annoy on the net but those are my picks.