the status of push
the status of push
so where is the challenge if the challenge isn’t there?
In 2011, the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich,Adaptation) gave a lecture at the British Film Institute. He said something both simple and profound:
People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains.
It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that — at the very least — this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the people who are in charge. People are starving. They may not know it because they’re being fed mass produced garbage. The packaging is colorful and loud, but it’s produced in the same factories that make Pop Tarts and iPads, by people sitting around thinking, “What can we do to get people to buy more of these?
And they’re very good at their jobs. But that’s what it is you’re getting, because that’s what they’re making. They’re selling you something. And the world is built on this now. Politics and government are built on this, corporations are built on this. Interpersonal relationships are built on this. And we’re starving, all of us, and we’re killing each other, and we’re hating each other, and we’re calling each other liars and evil because it’s all become marketing and we want to win because we’re lonely and empty and scared and we’re led to believe winning will change all that. But there is no winning.
…i can’t see straight. i can’t taste. tunnels distraught with dirt soft haste. blind beckoning to a forthright, misgiving. barred apparitions leading the way. the babies are crying. my father is twelve. my mother just believes in patterns. my lover is well. all this time, misleading. volumes of patience for nothing. and the ideas in books that just fell to my blame. do i lean in to the drought? giving them all titles and names? or just saturate the force, painting the walls well?
all i wanted was to just be free.