reading, then thinking, part 3.

one day this will end. for the time being, i am still working to synthesize my thoughts. chuck klosterman is ironically helping. good timing.

“it’s an uncomfortable leap, but this question led me to consider how different (or similar) that motivation is to people’s desire to appear on jerry springer-type shos or in various reality tv situations,” [chris] heath continued. “we are used to the idea of giving witness to one’s life as an important and noble counterpoint to being unheard, especially when applied to people in certain disadvantaged, oppressed or unacceptable situations. but in a slightly more pathological way, i’m not sure that we aren’t seeing the emergence of a society in which almost everyone who isn’t famous considers themselves cruelly and unfairly uneard. as though being famous, and the subject of wide attenction, is considered to be a fulfilled human being’s natural state — and so, as a corollary, the cruelly unheard millions are perpetually primed and fired up to answer any and all questions in order to redress this awful imbalance.”

there’s a lot of truth in that last bit. i fear that most contemporary people are answering questions not because they’re flattered by the attention; they’re answering questions because they feel as though they deserve to be asked. about everything. their opinions are special, so they are entitled to a public forum. their voice is supposed to be heard, lest their life become empty.

this, in one paragraph (minus technology), explains the rise of New Media (Klosterman, 19).

…on side two of the Beach Boys’ pet sounds, brian wilson laments that he ‘just wasn’t made for these times” (“these times” being 1966). he probably wasn’t. but he also didn’t want to be. i assume Wison could have preferred dealing with the possibility of thinking liquid metal before he would accept the invisible, nonnegotiable shackles of the present tense. which — sadly, and quite fortunately –is the only tense any of us will ever have (Klosterman, 66).

chuck klosterman, eating the dinosaur (new york: scribner, 2009), 19, 66.


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