My life lately has been one of me concentrating on reading and other things and less on the news and media sides of things. I know that books are technically media, but they tend to stand outside of the mainstream even when they are mainstream.
That’s why it shocked me when I opened my Facebook to find this eleven minute video about how Beyoncé is a devil worshiper and how she’s channeling and evil spirit to become famous. Let that sink in for a moment because this is stuff wilder than even the best of writers could make up.
If you care to waste a tremendous amount of your time there’s a blog that sums up the points from the video here. Come to think of it wouldn’t this be an awesome story plot? An artist that channels the devil to become famous while for some reason plastering the symbols of evil all over, because when you’re channeling evil secretly the last thing you want to do is be secretive.
Before someone here claims that I am just picking on Christians let me explain that I believe in God and I was raised Catholic. I bare no ill will towards Christians. But when their ideas become so bent on everything in the world being evil and all of that it doesn’t really make them out in the best light. The world has been rife with crazy theories lately. There was the thing about Sandy Hook being fake and one about Obama firing an asteroid at Russia.
Crazy isn’t something brand new by any stretch of the imagination. These things have always been out there along with the Flat Earthers and other things like that, the only difference is the Internet is giving them a venue to voice these options and get noticed.
I don’t want to be pummeled over the head with your Biblical symbolism. I think that this kind of writing works for some but I just hate when I have to think “yes, we fucking get it! This is symbolic”. There are instances where I clearly let this slide or where they’re not being symbolic, they’re just being blunt. The biggest case of the latter is Neon Genesis Evangelion. I kept thinking early on that the Angels weren’t real Angels. That was just a name.
Well this isn’t a spoiler. They’re Angels. Don’t let anything fool you.
I think the best case for symbolism not working and working is Doctor Who. In seasons one through four there is a lot of Biblical symbolism that just made me cringe. The scene in the Titanic Christmas special with the two angels carrying the Doctor up into the top of the ship comes to mind.
Like most of the early Christmas episodes, this one had nothing to do with Christmas and was cringe worthy all around. But this moment was where I literally wanted it to end. I only kept watching for continuity sake.
The best kind of Biblical symbolism seems to come when it’s hard to tell what it is right off. I think that it’s nice to have to think back on something and realize what’s happened. There’s a scene in Doctor Who season six that illustrates this. When the Doctor is talking to Craig about how he’s messed up and he’s paying for it with his life. They’re sitting in the living room and Craig is the last friend that the Doctor has left and in this moment of him spilling his heart he looks up and realizes Craig has fallen asleep.
Doesn’t remind you of anything? There’s a scene in the Bible where Jesus asks the disciples to keep watch over him while he prays. Matthew 26:38:
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
A few verses later he comes back to them:
When he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.
This might be a small thing that no one else noticed but it kind of stood out to me and there is this ongoing theme of the Doctor as a Christ-like figure. I get this and don’t mind it at all. But I hate being hammered with these kinds of ideas over and over until I’m just sick of them. The way that the last example does it is subtle and good. I could probably draw parallels between the group that is hunting the Doctor and why and the Pharisees if I looked hard enough, but this isn’t a Doctor Who blog. My point is that we need to be careful with our Biblical Symbolism. We’re so used to it in our culture that we can usually spot it all too easily and it’s just bad when it’s laid on too thick.
Now I am feeling like I have to play catch up. I have been working on a side project that basically has me writing another real blog as if I am one of my characters. So that has taken a lot of my time.
Today has been hard. My eye is giving my trouble and twitching and just hurting in general. I don’t want to stay on the computer too long. When this that blog is longer I will debut it here. One of the things I really want to start doing is writing short stories in first person for practice of both short stories and first person.
So wait around for that good stuff.
For the better part of the last fifteen years or so I’ve been an avid user of forum sites. It started with the old Nintendo of America boards in the mid-nineties when the popularity of Golden Eye and Ocarina of Time had practically every game playing kid in the country riding high. The internet held a special sort of power over movies and video games because for the first time without waiting for studios to dole screenshots out to us in monthly magazines we could keep up with the process that was going into the making of the games.
It was an amazing time and it changed the way things were marketed. But that’s not what I’m really here to discuss. This is just a preface. You see it seems that my long time love affair with forums is coming to an end. For over half of my life I have frequented one forum or another on almost a daily basis and while I don’t think I will totally stop going they don’t hold the sway they used to.
The attitude of the people on forums has become so marginalized. At least I hope that it is marginalized. There seems to be this prevalent pseudo-liberal façade that everyone is putting up. Though on many of these forums Western society is always seen as the aggressor and wrong. Women are seen as objects and sexism is out of control. Some of the women and their actions don’t help, but whenever rape is brought up it’s made light of and the idea that women have any rights or privileges left to fight for is usually met with laughter and a joke about getting back in the kitchen.
The ideas about sex, freedoms and government are no better. I hope the attitudes are fake or just people acting out because they’re more or less a faceless entity online, but I don’t think that’s the case. I wish I could say that these things weren’t prevalent across the internet on discussion forums, but they seem to be. There isn’t a point for me to go online and get myself all riled up over nothing talking to these people and there really isn’t a point in talking to them because they all seem to have taken queues from crazy talk radio shows and propaganda.
If forums aren’t fun and I’m not learning anything—then why keep going to them. That’s the logical behind it. I can go on to message my friends privately on there if I have no other means of contact with them. Otherwise I’m just wasting my time to be upset and read unfunny stupidity.