current emotion: Jim Kirk’s face when he is surrounded by things he doesn’t like.
Adult Swim making an unholy amount of sense.
The Pilots Melancholy
by Dominik Smialowski
two hours of this, a wayward crashed pilot exploring the beauty of another strange world, would’ve been worth the ticket price I paid for Prometheus more than the movie was
This is actually really interesting.
I love that he pointed out that it’s different when men and women are objectified on film, not only because of the way our society views men and women, but also in the specific way those shots are framed.
When consuming media it’s so important to remember that filmmakers and ad companies have so many tools at their disposal that the average viewer is not even aware of. The way a scene is set, the way the camera moves, which parts of a person are included in the fame, the number of seconds the camera views each particular part of a person. All of these things very subtly evoke responses from us. We don’t notice them because we aren’t supposed to notice them—if they are doing their job right, everything feels seamless and correct to the viewer. And even if we do notice, we may not be able to articulate it because most of us haven’t studied filmmaking techniques.
If you think you are 100% impenetrable to the effects of the content you view, you are deluding yourself.
“It’s not your fault things are the way they are.”
“Everybody tells themselves that,
And nothing ever changes.”
This is for geeksaurusrex, who asked about economy in Star Trek. Since I wrote an chapter on it in my dissertation, I figured I might as well just post it.
Firstly, though , I need preface this post by saying that the purpose of my research was to discern the differences between moving (Enterprise) and stationary (Deep Space Nine) space when it comes to politics.
IPE stands for International Political Economy.
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via sociolab)
i think that any bitter poor person would agree with this quote if pressed— no. being poor for any length of time doesn’t just give you strength and it doesn’t teach you lessons about perseverance.
but any bitter poor person will also agree that saying only that without elaboration or context (i read this novel in high school and this is not the crux of what it has to say on the subject) is bullshit.
being poor doesn’t give you strength it makes you be strong.
being poor doesn’t teach you lessons about perseverance, it is a lesson that makes you learn to persevere.
being poor, surprise surprise, does teach you how to be poor though but knowing how to be poor is knowing how to survive.
and there’s no shame in that.
it’s true that some poor people grow complacent in poverty and never learn the strength that i did. but some also don’t learn that complacency or how to buck the fuck up or that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness (for example, i haven’t learned any of those things).
or some poor folks aren’t complacent and didn’t learn/don’t like to ask for help. they’re trapped in poverty and bitter and actively striving for better or for money or for whatever. but they never get what they want because they were dealt a shitty hand and told to get over it while they can see others who got a better hand or who learned to bluff or who can count cards or who taught themselves to cheat outright.
being poor is not shameful. learning from and/or being shaped by being poor is not shameful. and knowing how to be poor is especially not shameful, it’s having one up on everyone that doesn’t know.
at least that’s how i see it.