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The Kids Are Alright

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

I keep hearing how the youth of today is apathetic, uneducated and apolitical but watching the news this morning I can’t help but think they’ve got it wrong.

When the people at the top are only looking out for themselves – and let’s face it, the financial meltdown we currently find ourselves in doesn’t seem to have affected the holidays of those in charge of running the country and paying off the banking world’s avarice by putting people out of work with their drastic cuts – the people at the bottom will take matters into their own hands.

If you want to run an economy (and culture) based on a cycle of work into wages into sales into profit and control the minds of your voters with expensive escapism, gadgetry and electronic nic-nacs, don’t be surprised that when the money runs out, the need is still there. Junkies cannot go cold turkey. It’s no surprise to see that, despite all the talk of local business being affected, the only shops I’ve seen on the news are multi-national trainer stores, Curry’s, Mobile phone shops, Apple stores, etc. Does this mean the real local stores aren’t important enough to show on TV?

If you’re going to let looters help themselves to 42″ big screen TV’s for 2 hours before the cops turn up (because the powers that be have cut ‘frontline’ policing numbers) and then show it all over the news the next day, it’s no surprise they’ll be more bargain hunters out the following night.

You see, the kids aren’t as stupid as you think. After all, why head down to the high street with all the other late night shoppers for your free Playstation when you can go straight to the distribution centre in Enfield and help yourself to a box full?

The have’s are busy referring to the riots and looting as ‘thuggery’ and ‘theft’ – they should know, after all it’s they who are still enjoying the spoils while stealing away jobs and telling us if you want an education, you have to pay a prolific price.

If you ask people to be smart and show ingenuity in the face of a downturn – as Cameron has – and then take away their jobs, security, education, livelihoods and hope, this is what you’ll get from the smart kids: they’ll go out and get for themselves.

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“Fuck the Average Viewer”

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m working on a t-shirt design inspired by something David Simon (creator of ‘The Wire’) once said in an interview.

Mark Kermode asked him what he thought about critics of ‘The Wire’ (there are critics of The Wire?) who said the show alienated the average viewer by not  explaining everything in painfully dumbed down terms; Simon replied quite succinctly (and visibly irritated): “Fuck the Average Viewer”.

What a great response. Not just because it was so visceral and punk rock but because it surmised the whole argument over dumbing down of our culture. I mean, what did pandering to the average idiot ever achieve?

Anything vaguely fun or exciting or dangerous is now illegalized by health and safety. Just because one dumb American doesn’t get the intelligent plot twist, the whole film has to be re-shot so the lowest common denominator gets it. Just because some clergyman somewhere is upset by David Cronenbourg’s ‘Crash’ or Oliver Stone’ s ‘Natural Born Killers’, the rest of us aren’t allowed to see it. Just because some conservative slob at Wall-Mart doesn’t like grown men using bad language to express themselves on THEIR records, they are forced to release ‘clean’ versions with all the anger, offense or indeed, the point edited out of them (it’s OK to stock guns  and promote murder though).

How are we supposed to learn, teach, discover, improve ourselves if every challenge is forbidden, censored, removed from circulation? If our culture is aimed at the average viewer, how are we, as a civilization, to evolve? Surely we will ultimately become an average culture.

I’m a smart guy because I’m aware of guys smarter than me and I want to do what they do. If I’m not challenged or surprised or allowed to discover and learn new stuff, how can I improve myself? I don’t read much modern fiction because it doesn’t teach me anything. Where are the thinkers, poets, great men of yesteryear? The Bukoswki’s, Miller’s, Hemingway’s, Nietzsche’s, Mishima’s? Apart from Stephen Hawking, can you name me one great figure of recent times?

Fuck the average viewer indeed…

Brian Cox vs Piers Morgan

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

I heard on the radio today that Brian Cox (physicist & tv presenter, not the actor) is up against Piers Morgan (insert your own quip here) at some TV awards tonight.

It’ll be interesting to see who gets the award: if Cox wins, does that mean we are entering a new dawn of educational and cultural enlightenment? If Morgan wins, will darkness cover the planet forever?

I’ve heard several critics indicate that the new ‘Wonders of the Universe’ tv series has made physics popular across the nation. Bullshit. It’s all just good PR for the beeb. Do you think the people of the nation are stood round the water dispenser or kids at school are huddled together reeling off the 8 or 9 elements that make up our entire planet and everything in the known universe or banging on about Kanye or Peaches Geldof? Next week it’ll be back to Coronation Street, Jordan and X-Factor.

Whoever gets the award, Piers Morgan is going to be the winner. We’d rather commit the seedy antics of Charlie Sheen to memory than incredible knowledge about our natural world. We’d rather watch one lucky, smarmy, over-privileged toff defending another – Sheen’s only got a media career at this point because his Dad’s played the US president and Morgan is riding high on a wave of British bad guys in Hollywood (most recently Simon Cowell).

Let  him make his money, have his moment and think he’s important in all this. I’ll keep learning, watching Horizon and evolving thanks.

I prefer Emilio Estevez anyway…