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Lets consider this a follow up to a really early Sanity entry… why do we embrace the dumb? Why indeed? Is it because we fear challenge? Could it be we see parts of ourselves in the dumb that we fear? What is it about simply embracing those base aspects of humanity calls to us on a primal level? Don’t kid yourself, most people are just morons and morons need moron entertainment. It’s just that simple.


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50 Shades Of Grey and Twilight have sold more copies than the entire bibliography of Harlan Ellison and Arthur C. Clark combined. Nikki Mange (fuck you, I refuse to google this cunt to check the spelling of “her” name) has sold more albums/singles than The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Religion and Ministry have ever dreamed of.  Honey Bong Bong gets ratings higher than the news, science programs or even smart fictional shows. Why do you embrace a lack of ideals, a lack of intelligence and an even greater lack of integrity over thought and depth?  Explain it to me please, and not using others as an example.  I tend to get comments like “other people like these because…” and no, you do not get to use “others” as the baseline, some of you are those people.  Some of you are the people that erroneously think shit like Your Highness or Adventure Time are funny or anything Happy Madison puts out you are first in line for.  So you fall squarely into this category.  You want idiocy in place of thought and you want bong hits in place of humor.  So tell me, why do you like this “turn your brain off” shit?  Why must you embrace programming dealing with Ancient Aliens or pet psychics?  Why when Omni magazine was fighting for it’s life did the sales only rise as they started to cover dream interpretation, astral projection and past lives over their early issues about SCIENCE, theoretical physics or scientific discovery?  Did you know that in 1981 Omni had a TV show called Omni: The New Frontier?  Lasted only a few episodes, know why?  It got it’s ass kicked in the ratings by In Search Of… a show about finding Bigfoot and wondering if aliens built the pyramids of Egypt.  You didn’t want to think then and you continue this devolution into unthinking protoplasmic mass.

The line between satire and reality is gone. Today most satire is so over the top you don’t want to believe that someone thought you would buy into it that it could even be true… then you watch the news and see that the satire was actually lacking in scope as reality was far less grounded. Network was a warning about what TV would become if ratings and if chasing the lowest common denominator became the norm and for it’s time Network was considered all but Science Fiction for the films’ outrageous presentation of television for the dullard… and yet by the mid-1990’s every single thing that Network prognosticated AGAINST and warned us about has been thoroughly executed to the point that the norm is a shift to that of complete insanity.  Why did you allow this to take place?  Yes YOU did this, not me.  I have been fighting against this since I was able to read and yet I get sucked into this ever expanding cone of ignorance due to all of those around me. Why did you eschew quality in favor of quantity?  Why would you let someone determine that your lizard brain was the best part of you?


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I made this joke recently “Was Oedipus a real mother fucker or what?” and I guess it was my own fault for assuming that the audience would get it, yet I was actually still surprised when the most common response was “what is an Oedipus?” (which a few of them pronounced back to me as O-Eddie-Puse).  I am not sure WHY I thought that most people would get that nor why I thought a witty joke would be accepted in a world of How I Met Your Mother or Seth MacFarlane anti-humor.  Maybe if I punctuated it with a bong it or added “y’all” afterwards it might have worked better huh?

Do any of you see that the proliferation of this pursuit of stupidity is a vehement murder of what was once considered art is dooming us all as a species?  You wonder why we fail to evolve into something more than what we are now?  We refuse any challenge, we tacitly accept mediocrity as a standard and we absolutely fear intelligence.  Calling someone an “Einstein” is still considered an insult… WHY?  Being compared to one of the smartest men of our era is BAD?  What makes EL James outsell every Science Fiction writer in existence?  Is bad porno all it takes to be a “writer” these days?  Why do cheap X-files, Star Wars and Star Trek “novels” still outsell original fiction 5-1?  I don’t think most of the work being churned out by today’s crop of “writers” even qualifies as such, it’s semi-creative typing at this point, writing requires ideas and skill, semi-creative typing requires nothing more than mashing a keyboard to ask “what if Mulder did THIS instead?”.  There are so many amazing, unsung writers out there (real writers) that get lost in the shuffle of trite garbage it’s a wonder they continue to bat their wings against the window in a vain attempt to gain entry when if they simply pissed ammonia onto the floor you would gladly grant them entry.

A society that would allow The Patriot Act, NSA Spying, “Free Speech Zones” or Faux News to be called news is a society that has been encompassed by the dumb to the point it has become untenable.  A world where Honey Bong Bong is the most watched show on TV is a world not worth saving.  A public which calls 50 Shades Of Grey LITERATURE is a public who’s taste is in it’s ass. I refuse to be part of these communities any longer.  You have forced me out and I feel no more worse about it than the time I was ejected from that strip club for pointing out the bullet wound in the strippers ass… I wear both as a badge of pride.

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About The Author

I am a harsh film critic with no sense of subtlety or tact. I tend to love non-mainstream films, not out of a sense of ‘rebellion’ or non-conformity but out of the sense that most of what is popular is shit and that by definition the mainstream will be MAINSTREAM and therefore useless. I am easily approachable and I love to hear feedback from people, both positive (lies) and negative (truth) so please, call me out on the stupid shit I say and do.

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