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These are some of the most thought provoking photos that I have come across in a very long time. The one with the elephant put me into a state of shock for a while.
I noticed something very strange yesterday. I came across the phrase “unalienable rights” 5 times yesterday. The first was while reading a book on prose in the English language and the author noted how beautiful Jefferson’s prose was. I’m not sure if this subconsciously led me to watch one of my favorite TV series of all time, but nevertheless about an hour later I watched the John Adams episode where they were voting on the Declaration of Independence. Then I was reading for my history of American capitalism class and came across the phrase in a primary source of a correspondence between two merchants. Netflix is dangerous, especially when you want to procrastinate on schoolwork. So I saw a documentary by Ben Stein in which he was arguing against the establishment of Darwinists, and the mix between my piqued interest and my procrastination need caused me to watch the entire thing. In it, he made an argument that Darwinism plays a role in robbing people of their unalienable rights because first they have no creator in the first place and second because survival of the fittest promotes the interests of only the strong. While I think he’s onto something, some of the meta themes in his arguments are too emotionally fueled, and therefore become too cloudy to scrutinize other arguments. The last time was I heard the phrase was in my sketch comedy club and it was so random that I don’t even remember the context. But when I heard it there, I realized how strange it was that my February 15th had a theme.
These photos are definitely a part of the theme- at least the horrifying ones. It seems like unalienable rights are in fact alienable; as a matter of fact, these rights seem to have never been given to a great deal of the world’s population in the first place. Granted, the violent shots were extreme, and situations like that are more exception than the norm, but it’s still something to think about. The elephant picture was probably the most disturbing to me, however, because what I saw was horrifying and what those people in the photo experienced, to them, was probably a blessing. It makes you feel inhuman in a slightly ironic way. You would think that they would be the bestial savages and I the civilized human, but much to the contrary, I feel like I haven’t experienced true visceral pain and human suffering. In my comfortable apartment, with my good food, I feel almost as if there’s something that I’m missing. I don’t know if I want to experience what it is that I’m missing, but I’m pretty sure it’s out there and that’s what messed me up for that hour.
Happy belated Valentines Day everyone.
Hank Moody: So you just hear one take and that’s it?
Lou Ashby: What I hear, I speak, I move on, that’s my job
Hank: Right. So you just operate on pure instinct?
Lou: What the fuck else is there?
Hank: I don’t know, intellect? technique? Someone like Warren Zevon for example…
Lou: Hey, hey, hey, Warren Zevon could sit down and talk 12 tone theory with Stravinsky. Half the cock bags that come through here can barely play their own instruments…
Yes, I watch Californication way too much. For those of you who haven’t seen this scene before, Hank is writing Lou’s biography and he is sitting in on one of Lou’s recording sessions. Ashby’s character, a music producer who has an amazing house, throws great parties, and is nostalgic over a now-taken former lover, parallels the character Jay Gatsby from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. That is a cool aside, but the reason why I copied down the conversation is because of how it relates to the video above.
The Dirty Projectors represent, in my opinion, the optimal mix of pop and complexity. This video shows how much thought goes into their music production and it shows in their finished product. There’s something very appealing about the intellectual side of this band. Interesting stuff indeed.
I wonder if you could shoot this with a Flip camera…
Really, Paul? Is that your first reaction to this video?
No, but the reason I watched this video in the first place was after watching this interview with Quentin Tarantino, I wanted to see what was the new up and coming talent; so I typed in film winner to Youtube. Tarantino is obnoxious, but what he said was true. There may be many people out there who call themselves film makers and have accessible editing technology, but if you make a film that elicits as strong emotions as this, then there is always going to be an audience. No Way Through is definitely moving and disturbing. It won this year’s Ctrl Alt Shift Film Competition.
It’s sad how much stronger art hits you when you put white skin and western clothes on the subject. It’s almost like you can’t fully empathize with a human’s condition unless said humans are of similar culture, because when that isn’t the case it becomes easy to dismiss it as cultural, religious, or just “them.” My boy- one of the best thinkers out there today, Dan Carlin, talks about this with our handling of drone warfare in Pakistan. I’m not going to get into it, but you should check that out if your interested. He’s a good person to listen to if you want to be educated (or sound educated when you talk to other people) on issues in America and around the world. The podcast that I’m referring to is called Droning on about Pakistan. Carlin’s neither left nor right, he actually prides himself on being a “neo-prudentist” in the center. Check it out.