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Brett Boessen

Terra Nova: Movies Stink - 15 views

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    Castranova is not usually so passionate in his writing.  Very interesting perspective, though.
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    Interesting to see him split games from stories.
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    I do chime in with his grumpiness about Hollywood, generally.
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    Honestly, I'm starting to feel similarly. Though I am finding many of the long-form serial narratives of TV pretty engaging. Still, I appreciate the value in *doing* over watching/consuming. And yet what he's saying is essentially a version of the old "film/tv makes you passive" argument, which I've always recoiled against. So I'm torn.
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    I've been coming back to the tv=passive line, more and more each year. It's hard, because I know so many active fans engaged in all kinds of practices.
    But then I see the silent fans, the ones who just... soak. And I'm reminded of William Gibson's line about couch potatoes.
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    I don't know that one...do tell. :)
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    I think this is textually correct, more or less:
    "a vicious, lazy, profoundly ignorant, perpetually hungry organism craving the warm god-flesh of the anointed. Personally I like to imagine something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth, Laney, no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote. Or by voting in presidential elections."
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    Or, more succinctly: couch potatoes, like taters, are kept in the dark, buried under manure.
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    Wow. That's...very detailed. Doesn't leave a lot of room for empathy or understanding: pretty cut and dried. :)
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    Jeremaiad. One I sympathize with. I need to spend time with you happy media studies folks and regain my old empathy.
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    THAT Camp - Games. Done and done. :)
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    That's right - when do you arrive?
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    I'll actually be there Thursday evening, but I'm going to dinner with my parents and brother (who live in the area). I am staying through Monday morning, though. We should be able to find some time to catch it, I'd guess. What are your travel plans?
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    Coming in Thursday, leaving Sunday @3.
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    Cool -- I'll see you Friday morning then. Let's try to grab a meal at some point. :)
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