Thursday, February 25, 2016

Watching the Porn Go By

While in the 1970’s they might have developed the idea of sex, drugs and rock and roll, it was in the 1980’s that it actually came to be.  1980’s was porn, pure unadulterated porn, the whole decade, all the movies, all the advertising, everything was porn.  The fruit of the 1960’s generation, the 1980’s was the decade of porn, of this there is no doubt.

Sure today many of the woman on screen wear less, parade their sex more, and in music it is the younger you look, and the more you look like you are having sex on stage, the better, but that was all there in the 1980’s also.  What we see now on the stage, what we see now is the product of the children of the 1980’s expressing what they were fed on TV, on screen, in books, in schools, in their lives every where they went, they are expressing their version of the porn they were bottle fed from the very beginning.  Their expression is without style though, it is as hollow as the advertising and media that brought it about in them.  They do not know why they are expressing themselves, they do not have the background that the 1980’s had, they had the second millennium, the time of now, which is empty without grounding, no history, they did not have the 1970’s to show them the way to the door.

That was the decade of progress, the 1970’s.  It showed the children of that decade how to do what the 1960’s promised with the style and flare that today the children of the 1980’s and 1990’s lack.  They just do not have that history.  History is cheap now days.  It is sold like any other product.  Niche marketed to the people who already know it.  They do not bother to package it for the new generations, because for them history is dead, it is gone, the past, and they are in the now, and failing miserably to figure out why.

So while we all masturbate on the now, looking for some type of glimpse into the future, we have forgotten the past that led us here, and therefore there is no future, and that is why our future looks so bleak.  It is not that we are or are not headed into a bleak future, but that we do not remember what was, and since we have no comparative compass, we are blindly moving into a future we can not even guess at.  There is nothing scarier than the unknown, and when we do not have that compass, we do not know in which direction we head.  This makes us scared, and almost anyone with a good grasp on the history, and the future can use that, and we will follow whatever leader comes along.

So do not be surprised if the next leader emerges soon, to take us into the new world, we are manifesting them right now, with our fear and ignorance, as we have in the past, and most likely will in the future, at least as long we continue to ignore the history of what and who we are, and how we got here in the first place.



Monday, February 22, 2016

Real Games in Life

The trouble with the real world versus video games is there is no real consequences.  In the real world if someone runs over my dog there is no real consequence.  Nothing equivalent anyways.  I can't just shoot them, that is a bit much, but what can I do.  Sure they can buy me another dog maybe if they are the type, but that dog is not the same as the dog they killed now is it.  It is sort of but not quite like if I shoot your child, I can maybe give you another child, but it is not the same child now is it.  I am not trying to say that dogs are as valuable as children, or that they are not, it is just that you can not replace a living thing with another living thing and have it be the same.

If you break my TV, or I break your snow shovel or something like that, compensation is quite simple, buy a new snow shovel of equal or better value, and maybe compensate by offering to help shovel your step or something, or help install the TV, you get the picture.  Simple clean and really not that hard to deal with.  If you steal my stuff, and I know it, I should be able to go to your house, and demand it back, if you do not give me satisfaction, well I can just steal it back, and maybe some of your stuff as well for compensation.  Yea I can go to the authorities, but unless they are particularly bored that evening, and you have all the paperwork done for them, they will be of no use.  So maybe I go there, and attempt to take my shit back, and you are like no way, this is my shit, and we get into an argument.  If it leads to violence, well that is a different thing.  There are a bunch of other things I can do, but the truth is, if I suspect you are going to be less than amicable about the exchange, I might bring some friends with tools, just to be sure you are more compliant.  This will lead maybe to a feud, but that is how things go, or maybe not, that is how they used to go, now it is all in the courts, which rarely work for anyone.

In video games I would just kill you, take my shit and walk away, because neither of us are real, and we do not care about anything anyways.  You can always start over, but what if you could not.  What if once your character died that was it, you could not play that character again.  Well you could have another character, but that means starting over with no stats and character build, and well you get the picture.  Some people invest a lot in their character, and well, if they could not just reboot the character, well they might think twice about the consequences of their actions even in video games.  There would have to be more diplomatic solutions to disputes, we might have to agree to terms, and see if we could talk it out, make a trade, that sort of thing.  This is a dynamic that is lacking in video games.  Get rid of the restart, the reload, and you might find games are automatically more realistic even with out all the immersion mods.  Think about a game like Skyrim, if you put 20 hours into building your character through the first few levels and then get killed because you carelessly dispatched someone else, who you did not know personally, but they had connections to the thieves guild, well those assassins might just be more significant, especially if they acted like real assassins not just damage sponges.  What if they poisoned your wine, or came for you while you were sleeping, that sort of thing.  You see where this could be headed.  A video game that had real consequence, especially one that was played online, and maybe that character you just killed thinking you were some type of bad ass had lots of friends, and they came after you, you might have to think twice about what you did.  Maybe that is the same as real life.  If you ran over my dog, and I sent my friends to your house late at night to kill your dog, and left his body on your doorstep for your children to see first thing in the morning while they were headed off to school, maybe you might think twice about hitting dogs just because it is a little less convenient for you to slow down a little.