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A Relevant Movie Trailer: July 21, 2012

Have a look at this trailer of a recent movie, that is relevant to Aurora shooting. Yes, it is somewhat of a repeat posting.

A couple of quotes from the movie-

Frank: My name is Frank. That’s not important. The important question is: who are you? America has become a cruel and vicious place. We reward the shallowest, the dumbest, the meanest and the loudest. We no longer have any common sense of decency. No sense of shame. There is no right and wrong. The worst qualities in people are looked up to and celebrated. Lying and spreading fear is fine as long as you make money doing it. We’ve become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hatemongers. We’ve lost our kindness. We’ve lost our soul. What have we become? We take the weakest in our society, we hold them up to be ridiculed, laughed at for our sport and entertainment. Laughed at to the point, where they would literally rather kill themselves than live with us anymore.

and this one.

Frank: I know it’s not normal to want to kill people but I am no longer normal.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    July 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Mr. Dissention,

    We love you! (At least I do)

    Keep up the criticism. This lurker here responds seldomly, but I enjoy your interesting observations and remarks. By all means, don’t stop.

    I happened to watch this movie this afternoon just before you published this. Don’t know what inspired me…

    Goldthwait puts up some nice straw men for Frank to mow down. But like the producers of all those glorious ??reality?? shows, they are all pandering to our natural instincts to gawk at the awful so we can stew in the unearned satisfaction of false virtue that at least tricks us into thinking that we are superior to those examples.

    What I struggle with is the same thing that enslaved Frank. The modern western culture is atrocious, but neither he nor I can stop gawking.

    Why can’t we just judge the world wicked and abandon it in resignation? Why are we, like Frank, compelled to try to intervene to drag these poor benighted souls to whatever the “enlightenment” we believe to enjoy? Are we just like all those narcissists and attention whores that just want a little attention and social recognition for a revolutionary cry for virtue and justice instead of the usual dreck of snark and shame that makes up the staple of contemporary popular entertainment.

    If the world is nasty and wicked, what can we do? Destroy the wicked like Frank? Retreat to the resignation of a hermit or monk? Cultivate an alliance with some tiny element of our society that is positive and creative?

    After lurking around this dark side that highlights all that is awful in media and society, I’ve become addicted to the negativity that is just feeding my cynicism and indeed nihilism. Maybe it’s not too late to find something to live for. Thanks for faithfully exposing plenty of examples of the famous and mighty values that our society has elevated to the highest goods to which one should aspire. Hollow indeed… we all see that the emperor is naked. But what’s left Mr. Dissention? It all seems pretty empty and pointless, but what gives you hope, why do you choose to keep on living and struggling?

    Existence has no intrinsic meaning and propose. Each of us give it both of those attributes.

    It is really about entertainment.

  2. Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    July 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Existence has no intrinsic meaning? What have you chosen for yours?

    So we’re all just waiting in the dentist’s office. We’re killing time until the good doctor calls us in? Our only hope is to pick from among whatever tattered old magazines?

    Entertainment = distraction? So we distract ourselves with shallow fake reality or popstar casting television with the mental masturbation pretending to be deep thoughts or philosophy…. or maybe numb all sense with wine, woman or whatever worse?

    I like your (perhaps not entirely original) exhortation to create our own meaning and purpose. This certainly isn’t easy… and all the tearing down of hollow idols that we do here in these sparsely populated shadows of our decadent civilization is perversely attractive. But it’s satisfaction is hollow as well. What can we build that still has integrity at its core and not based on an illusion or a lie? I’ve known plenty of people h

    It’s great that all of you are destroying all the false bullshit, but what order can we build in the place of all that ridiculous social artifice?

    If it’s all about distraction and entertainment, maybe creation (pure art) is an answer? Music, art or drama that has courage and aspires to elevate and makes the spirit soar. There is enough irony and snark that do little more than mock or tear down any sincere, if perhaps unsuccessful efforts, to get off the ground.

  3. Comment_Whatever
    July 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    “We’ve lost our kindness”…….

    Most Americans were never kind. Ever. I mean really. Divorce rates were sky high and screw the children thirty years ago. Fifty years before that, women developed a complicated moral theory that basically said “I like sitting on my ass. My provider unit can pay all the bills. Why should I make his life any easier? He is there to make MY life easier.”

    Twenty years ago, somebody being late one day for work… once in a year…. was a very serious topic of very serious discussion. Cause you know. Punching someone could lose you YEARS of your life. Cause that’s proportional.

    What about violating the very important ZONING ORDANCES way back when? Zero tolerance for that *BLEEP*.

    Sending young men off to die in Vietnam for no real interest at all? Even though it would probably fail? And yes, it was of no real interest. “Contain China” under Nixon became “Give China All American Industry for No Reason” a mere seven years after under Reagan. If it was so VERY VERY important to contain China, you wouldn’t know it by Reagan’s behavior. So really, how does tard bot Conservative argue the importance of “containing China” and while at the same time sucking the d*** of Reagan God who began shipping jobs to China?

    And yes, the Northern Vietnamese were clearly CHINESE supported Communists, not Russian supported Communists. Even though I’m sure the animals have many sophisticated lies to hide the point.

    Americans were always pitiless, cruel psychos. The wealth covered it up. They could AFFORD to be insane. Now they can’t. And the tears pour down their face.

    I know and have written about this in a previous post.

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/why-societies-fool-themselves-about-their-true-selves/

  4. August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Hopefully The Dark Knight Batman movie will be as interesting exciting and surprising as the crime that interrupted it in that Colorado theater!!!! One could only hope!!!

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