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The entertainment-crazed world

The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 10:40:42 AM
Looks like my comments regarding the utter uselessness of stand-up comedy have stoked some fires. I think that's positive, because until we get some ideas understood, many of you will never be exposed to a viewpoint outside the dominant paradigm.

The DP states that you go to work or school, then come home, and deserve a little reward like dessert after dinner, so you pursue "entertainment." Other than the hilariously condescending nature of that term, most people have no warning that movies, TV, video games, pop music, stand-up comedy, pornography, and anally fingering themselves are all part of the same genre of "entertainment." If you're a good slave, you get a little break. This little break is designed to pass your time painlessly, like a drug but without interesting hallucinations.

It is entirely passive in that you do not direct any of your thoughts during the process, but you react to something someone else has scripted. Your goal is not to expand your mind or your abilities. It is to pass the time, and think what you saw was funny or interesting or "entertaining" in some other way.

But, as one poster pointed out here, why would you bother? It's not required. It doesn't make you more powerful. It doesn't help you become a better person. In fact, like other parts of the modern disease, all it does is stick you further into yourself. You may think it helps you be social because you can talk to others about what you saw on the teevee last night, but is that really helping you socialize, or making you a social retard who can't socialize without entertainment to talk about?

This modern world is crazed for entertainment. Every ghetto rings out with it. In the middle class neighborhoods as well you can walk the streets after dark and see nothing but a continuous blue glow in the windows. All of these people are busy absorbing entertainment, and its commercial and moral messages, but they've missed the fundamental question.

The question the DP wants you to ask is: was that entertainment good?

The question you need to ask is: what else could I have done with that time that contributed more than a closed-circuit knowledge, which is entirely defined within the entertainment world and limited to it?

If I became head popular monkey ("President") tomorrow and declared that our new national form of entertainment would be putting quarters up our asses, and everyone spent their next morning at work comparing how many quarters they were able to insert, you might be tempted to participate in that fantasy world.

But while you were busy shoving quarters up your ass, you'd miss out on chances to learn new things, do new things, and make yourself better as a person. You would be exploring a false external world that really consisted only of your own internal drama.

So whether or not your quarter-pushing was "good" or "bad," you still missed out on life. So it is with "entertainment," all of it.

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 06:06:17 PM
I agree with much what 'born from banning' has just stated in the above post but i think you come off to others as being a little bit self-righteous, my friend. perhaps you can rework your writing style?

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 06:27:56 PM
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It's called balance.


For balance, you'd need a solid starting point and a working scale.

Which you don't have, because everyone only cares about telluric shit.

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 07:43:30 PM
Balance is not letting entertainment decide for you what to do with your life.

Why is that so hard...

Divus_de_Mortuus

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 08:39:10 PM
It's not...


...if you are a nihilist.

K

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
September 30, 2007, 09:43:41 PM
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, all it does is stick you further into yourself.

Irony, does it come naturally to you, or are you actually trying? I don't partake in much entertainment other than this forum. B4B, though trying vary hard to make valid points, and I can see what he means, he is just so caught up in his ideology and his illusion of internet elitism that he comes up with the most wonderful flowers of irony, accusing others without realizing that he is describing himself.

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
October 01, 2007, 01:07:58 AM
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B4B, though trying vary hard to make valid points, and I can see what he means, he is just so caught up in his ideology and his illusion of internet elitism that he comes up with the most wonderful flowers of irony, accusing others without realizing that he is describing himself.


Let's think about that.

Internet elitism? I think this is based on real life, and since people from real life use the internet, there would be some parallel, wouldn't there?

Irony/describing himself? That could be said of anyone who says, "others do not understand, and they do so because they don't address the issue."

My question for you is, if I'm so ironic, and so witless, why is it that you're attacking me and not the things I've said?

I guess that's really the only question. Don't you agree?

Divus_de_Mortuus

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
October 01, 2007, 01:29:40 AM
Because you say the same thing in every thread, waiting for the forum to agree, pat you on the back, and provide you with the affirmation you so desire. That said, your twisted fantasy world has already been dissected in countless other threads by K, myself, and many other users. Why assail your statements when it has become clear to the rest of the forum that it is you who are the problem. Any rebuttal of your statements at this stage would digress into redundancy, a province that you retain exclusive domain over.

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
October 01, 2007, 05:17:55 AM

Glad to see i'm not the only one fed up with born for banning's demeanor which, strangely enough, is roughly the same as that of all the people he complains about. He would do well to read the admin's Dedication thread on the metal board.

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
October 01, 2007, 11:37:36 AM
Daily television viewing for two or more hours in early childhood can lead to behavioral problems and poor social skills, according to a study of children 2.5 to 5.5 years of age. Researchers found that the impact of TV viewing on a child's behavior and social skills varied by the age at which the viewing occurred. More importantly, heavy television viewing that decreased over time was not associated with behavior or social problems.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071001081657.htm

K

Re: The entertainment-crazed world
October 01, 2007, 04:53:30 PM
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Internet elitism? I think this is based on real life, and since people from real life use the internet, there would be some parallel, wouldn't there?

Irony/describing himself? That could be said of anyone who says, "others do not understand, and they do so because they don't address the issue."

My question for you is, if I'm so ironic, and so witless, why is it that you're attacking me and not the things I've said?


to the first part; no. simply no. There is no definite parallel. If you 'kick ass' on the internet, there is no certainty, or even likelihood of kicking ass in real life. By that logic, Trolls would inherit the earth.

To the second part; I don't think your witless, you are actually pretty clever, and your idea about donating music to UT was a good one. I am not writing about your content, because you haven't produced anything new that hasn't been discussed to the point of exhaustion. You have managed to maintain a single theme throughout a variety of subjects, which is clever, and that is why you are a form of entertainment.