Friday, October 20, 2006

For The Time Capsule

Guns, banal pop culture, and childhood obesity -- all in one. Why people from other cultures might want to reject the West's "way of life" is beyond me.

23 Comments:

Blogger Arcanum Veritas said...

The guns part is far more an American thing than a Western thing ... everyone else thinks they're dangerous and should only be in the hands of police/military and some select sportsmen/hunters in a careful and controlled manner ...

Pop culture has been going downhill since the 80s :)

Childhood obesity is a problem, mainly with parents that can't say no, and thus haven't taught this to their kids ... but no simple fixes ... banning stuff and nanny state will only make the problem worse, because parents won't be responsible for their and their childrens actions (or inaction :))

10/20/2006 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the problem is guns or obesity. I think the problem is too many cameras.

Life was better when the stupid people couldn't put themselves out front.

People are in a pretty bad state in general. We used to just hide them better.

Dickens, Bunuel, Steinbeck, Ford...they all showed the raw side of human existence.

It's there...always has been...always will be.

10/20/2006 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the coming of awareness...the shift of a few minds here and there from fox to brasscheck...

http://www.brasschecktv.com/

10/20/2006 5:54 AM  
Anonymous greg djerejian said...

democracy! whiskey! sexy!

10/20/2006 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

It's all about guns and butter, baby!

Who says you can't have both?

10/20/2006 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, man. The kids are just making a joke. You never did anything stupid when you were 10?

Jeez.

10/20/2006 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the obvious fact that they are "kids just making a joke" invalidate it as not representative of a larger reality?

10/20/2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO NOT let yourself be distracted by the guns *glare* I want you to pay close attention to the little white boy in the back who can wine. You know, that rhythmic movement of the hips, knees and waistline that confuses and befuddles so many white people.

This little white boy can wine like a pro. It is natural, fluid, blessedly unawkward, and and he has rhythmn. Someone grab him and ship him off to dance school.

10/20/2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger The Cunning Realist said...

"I don't think the problem is guns or obesity. I think the problem is too many cameras."

Good point.

10/20/2006 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usually I agree with you guys, but I think you need to unwind a little bit. The kids were having a bit of fun. Don't you remember when you were a kid having a bit of fun?

The guns and obvious obesity are worrisome, but they are some many other good elements here.

1. Multiculturalism is alive and well - three suburban little white boys dancing and singing along with a latin american singer is a good thing.

2. One of the boys has obvious talent. He should be sent to dancing school before the spirit and orginality is sucked out of his soul. And before he gets any fatter.

3. Three little boys are having good innocent fun. They are still to young to be scared to have fun without being accused of feminity, homosexuality, uncoolness or any of the other barbs people throw at each other.

Have you all become so jaded that you can't enjoy watching children play the fool? Lighten up and laugh a little people.

10/20/2006 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the obvious fact that they were "just having a bit of fun" invalidate it as not representative of a larger reality?

10/20/2006 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

I see a Grammy:

"And the winner is, Director Mark Foley for 'Hips Don't Lie' spoof!"

10/20/2006 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Childhood obesity is not only about parental choices.
For instance, what about junk food in schools?

10/20/2006 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cunning Realist said...

"I don't think the problem is guns or obesity. I think the problem is too many cameras."

Good point.

Thanks!!!

If you want to see a better point...

http://www.goNODL.com

Made a year ago...more and truer everyday.

10/20/2006 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YouTube is filled with spoofs on the "Hips Don't Lie" video. Speaking of obesity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrlaFDNE1s

10/21/2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

economy to be on a full war footing...perhaps has been for a long long time...

http://upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061020-115849-8276r

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/20/content_5230731.htm

10/21/2006 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

selling once, selling twice, selling...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/20/AR2006102001445.html

10/21/2006 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I've become too cynical in my old age, but this video captures our cultural problem in a nutshell.

Our fat, gun-toting, rap-smacking culture. Yep, that about does it.

10/21/2006 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least they are Brits, not Americans

10/21/2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger I said...

I'm disappointed with this group's reaction to this video. I fear that you have allowed yourself to become cynical, jaded and hopelessy myopic. A wise man once counselled inner peace in the face of wars and rumours of wars. I strongly suggest taking that advice.

10/22/2006 10:40 PM  
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