Ispil: You actually are giving me a lot of insight. Thanks for your reply.
I'm going to reply in sections. Some of the things you say I disagree with, but others are interesting to me and are things I haven't thought about.
|Human life, as a member of society, is the most soul-crushing and miserable experience possible. The concept of "success" seems to force us to shove true happiness aside in the hopes that it will eventually be reached later. For most of us, it never is reached.|
I don't think you're describing society, you're just describing one of the many flaws of capitalism and materialism. It's not like that everywhere. Fortunately for me I live in an artsy-fartsy area in the US that is sort of cut off from mainstream capitalistic "rat race" culture. Life is much more pleasant here, even though the people living here are not as "successful" as people in other areas of the country.
I have been extremely lucky and have never had to shove true happiness aside. Happiness isn't something your pursue... it's something you live. You either live a life that makes you happy or you don't.
If you don't get caught up in being "successful", then being happy isn't as difficult as most people seem to think.
| If you think about it, most of us hate our jobs|
Another flaw of capitalism. People work too much, and they work jobs they hate.
|and are stressed by the collision of societal tendencies and primitive instinct.|
I don't identify with that at all. Not even a little bit. Can you give an example of such a collision?
|The entertainment industry gives us a way out, in a way. Being able to imagine a life that is actually far more enjoyable (or at least less boring) gives our minds something to ponder when returning to whatever mundane existence we hold.|
I guess this does give insight as to why pop culture is the way it is. Why so many people care about tabloids, celebrity relationships, and all that other bullshit.
|Sporting culture is just the easiest way to revert to tribal mechanisms ("my team is better. No, my team is better. Wanna fight? *proceed to fight") and distance themselves from reality.|
I guess I just don't identify with that. Why would anyone want to fight over something as meaningless as their team being better? Talk about a waste of time and energy. Do people really find happiness in conflict?
|Disch, I'd also like to point out that though a single show has pleased you in a decade through the "American entertainment industry" over the past decade, that does not make it shit|
It's not shit because I don't like it.
I don't like it because it's shit.
Every show on TV is a re-hash of another show. Last time I saw 'Bravo', the entire network was basically back-to-back "Top Chef" clones (Top Runway, Top Design, Top whatever).
Parks & Recreation is just a 'The Office' knockoff.
'The Office' was just a 'The Office (uk)' knockoff.
<insert blockbuster movie here> was just a <insert last year's blockbuster movie here> knockoff.
Every modern pop band pumps out the same shit. You get your choice of:
- Materialistic, chauvinistic rap bullshit
- Blink182 meets Nickleback style rock
- Justin Beiber or some other identical boy band
- Lady Gaga or some other identical girl band
- Repetitive and worn out dubstep
Those are literally the only 5 genres of music I have heard in pop culture in the last 10 years. It all sounds exactly the same. There is no variety. There is no creativity. It's not art... they're just rehashing a formula that has proven to be profitable. Over and over and over again.
People listen to/watch/buy this stuff because it's been shoved in their face their whole life.
|That just makes you picky as all-hell.|
I can guarantee
that I like a wider variety of media than your average person. I've been fortunate and have been exposed to a lot more than most people.
When you've been exposed to art that's actually good... it opens your eyes as to how bad most of what pop culture sells.
|If it were truly shit, it wouldn't exist.|
It exists solely because it's profitable. Another flaw of capitalism. Creativity is not rewarded... being able to sell a product is what is rewarded.
We do a lot of things backwards in this country simply because if we were to change them to do them right, it would put entire industries out of business.
|And if you mention that it is because they use marketing techniques to suck in people to be dumb saps and watch whatever they crap out and that it is because you pirate everything (spitefully) and only watch a show on Youtube that you are then above such things|
I'm not trying to say my tastes are better.
It's like I said above... I've been very lucky to have been exposed to more art than your average person. Most people are exposed to only
If that's all you've been exposed to... if it's all you've ever known... then it's going to be what you listen to/watch.
That doesn't make it good.