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Warning: Subject matter is absent in this post

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Well, I’m writing again today. I’m not really lingering on my great-grandfather’s death – I’m just picturing him on the other side, having a grand old time with Franklin D. Roosevelt – the greatest man ever born, as far as my Grampa was concerned.

I’ll be attending his funeral, and visiting with family later in the week, so my writing will be sporadic, at best. Still, I’ve got to pen (type, actually) something for today.

I can’t talk about the Oscars – not wholly because I didn’t watch them, but because Nick and I try to keep our subject matter diverse.

 

I’m rather preoccupied with a large essay I’m writing, concerned with the crisis faced by the oceans and the fishing industry. I’ll probably publish it here when I complete it, as well as anywhere I can. I’ve been reading quite a bit of material on the subject, and it’s distressing me greatly.

 

Herewith having filled about one half of my post, I’ll now try to say something of merit.

 

I read an interesting quote a few days ago. I’m not sure who to attribute it to, but whoever realized it was a wise person.

We’re all familiar with the adages “Knowledge is Power” and “Power Corrupts” – both have been in numerous movies, books and other media tidbits.

Well, pair them up. If knowledge is Power and Power Corrupts, shouldn’t we all try to remain stupid?

Now, let’s analyze this obvious contradiction of our principles.

Knowledge is Power – true, right? Well, if one has a vast store of knowledge, theoretically anything can be accomplished, if you know how. Being able to do more stuff gives you power – manipulation is much easier if you are smart enough to handle people.

Power corrupts. This is harder, and probably where the inconsistency can be found. True, power often corrupts – but there are just as many examples of good people staying good when they gain power.

This is not to say that people don’t change when they attain power.

 

Anyways, mull this over, and let me know what you think. I seem to have filled my post well enough, although its not the easiest jumble to comprehend.

Oh well. I have other stuff to do.

 

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Written by Ethan

February 26, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I Despise the Oscars

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Okay, so I actually tend to quite enjoy watching the Academy Awards being the large film buff I am. However, though I was thoroughly entertained by Jon Stuart’s comedic antics and largely satisfied with the execution of the awards, I was frustrated with the arrogance, pompousness, and elitism of the awards just as I am every year.

 

I know exactly what you’re thinking: Of course they’re pompous, we’re dealing with pampered celebrities here. Get the hell over it.

 

I understand. I don’t expect the attitudes of movie stars to be changing anytime soon. However, that is not what I’m getting at here. Rather, I’m continuously frustrated because the awards that are held in the highest esteem of all, the Oscars, cater not to the audience of movies, but to the small pool of “proper” and “intellectual” film critics. Why should the practical definition of excellence in movies not be determined by the majority?

 

Politics: Oscar material. Racial discrimination: Oscar material. Philosophy: Oscar material. Homosexual relationships: Oscar material. Entertainment: not so much.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoy thought-provoking films that deal with important and controversial issues in this day and age, however, inserting some controversial content into a movie shouldn’t lead to an automatic get-to-the-Oscars-free card unless the execution and entertainment value of the movie are up to par as well.

 

Aside from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Juno, and a handful of other movies, the nominees and winners for the Academy Awards have been dramas. It seems that the Academy is very much willing to neglect an entertaining and well-done action film in favor of an inferior, but more “educated” drama.

 

Unfortunate.

 

Enough ranting though. I do not doubt that many agree with me, but I do not see the afore mentioned customs changing at all in the near future.

 

Your writer,

Written by Nicholas

February 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm