My first post It was a quote from Salinger. At the time I hadn’t even read any of his books. I just read it somewhere and found it genius.
I read Nine Stories for the first time recently ago and now I am half way through The Catcher In The Rye for the first time too. People tell me you have to be 14-16 years old to read that book and really feel the “effect” it makes in a human being. I am 25 and the “effect” on me has been (I know for sure) stronger than what it would’ve been when I was a teenager. Back then it would’ve been just one more way to open my eyes but I was already opening them with Caracas.
When I read it I think about myself and try to make the words to go by slowly through me but mostly, instead of myself, I start thinking about my friends. Friends I met later in life. I imagine them being teenagers reading this book and how it affected them way before I came into their lives. They can’t really tell but I see The Catcher In The Rye in THEM. I am so lucky I’m still reading that book for the first time and I wish it was like that forever but I got to finish it.
I mourn every book I finish. It’s a terrible thing to suffer for if you like reading a lot. I’ll mourn this in a different way.
I know the very vast ones don’t but I have noticed, as fervent follower of many many blogs, that a large percentage of them close on Mondays. Probably because they get paid for doing them so they need a free day?
If I worked hard on redacting things on my blog and finding more news and pictures and covering events I would want a weekly day off too. I wonder how it works. Sometimes I wish this was my job, I dedicate time to it and enjoy it anyway. But that’s not an absolute, for me it’s not about getting paid for blogging it’s about being able to make money with any or all of my projects. It is like this for everyone, right? Oh! World
The deliberate use of the word “Stupid” instead of a word that portrays better what the actual message is.
What they’re saying is basically “Don’t let squared minded people ( the “Smart” people according to Diesel) bring you down, be free” which is the message that fashion, music, art, science, etc. have been sending to people throughout decades in the history of the world; But in order to find a new way to say it they oversimplified almost reversing the meanings of the words (More than reversing is using a Diesel’s “opinion” about certain attitudes as the actual meaning of the words).
Now I don’t expect my friends’ language, for example, to be affected by this but… Unfortunately people that are the campaign’s target will probably start using the word “Stupid” to explain they are being daring, driven, bold, creating ideas, trying new things and innovating in any area.
I also think they suspect that a lot of people in their target are called stupid on daily bases.
This thing got me talking and I hate that it did because I am aware that’s the other reason of doing campaigns, to get people talking. I had to vent out. Some people will actually start using this philosophy as their “real deal” and I am sorry for the language, even thought it is my second language. English affects the world and other languages in a way that the “Stupid” creators of this campaign can not weigh.
I am expecting a Venezuelan 14 years old to call her friend “Stupid” (in English) to congratulate her best friend on winning science fair.
I was really happy to see FoD not delete my Avatar video for copyright infringement. Like most people I have only a vague concept of what the terms “fair use” and “lawful parody” entail on a technical level, but I feel like I know them when I see them. Of course there’s a huge grey area in between making this silly video and uploading Avatar to YouTube in 17 10-minute chunks, but the laws should be written such that content creation itself is given the benefit of the doubt, as opposed to content creators. What I mean is, if someone says “Hey I want to make a thing out of this other thing,” I feel like the default response should be “Yeah, man!” Sorry, this thought is tangible in my brain but is coming out alllll stringy.
Note: The Avatar video has almost 50% more views than Gift Receipt, an original sketch I wrote, cast, found a location for, acted in, and edited. I’m not saying I’m going to spend all my time remixing existing content, but I did find this a tiny bit disheartening. I mean, it makes SENSE - everyone knows what Avatar is and a ton of people have already seen it, so a video poking fun at it offers a common reference point, whereas a video called “Gift Receipt” has none of that.
Note 2: I wonder if I should give my sketches titles that are taken more directly from the game, or even right from the dialogue. E.g. I could have called Gift Receipt “Why Can’t I Just Return This Sweater, You Ass?” - it’s more engaging and descriptive, and even though it gives away a little of the sketch, you’re investing that piece of information in the hopes that the reader will like it and ask for more by watching the rest of the video. Probably worth it.
Note 3: The Avatar video’s Funny or Die rating went down when I linked to it on Avatar web forums. I guess die-hard fans weren’t into it. I did like the movie, but oh well.
In sketch class they said the name of the sketch should definitely not be coy, I think that sometimes if the sketch depends on a big revelation or something at the end it makes sense to doubt what to do with the title because you don’t want to name the game in it but if it doesn’t and the game comes out pretty fast into the sketch I don’t think there should be any problem in having a more specific title that engages the audience and lets them know why they should click on the link. I like your second title option (with “you ass” included)
I sometimes hate the idea of calling out my game on the title but I also understand how much easier it is to click a link to a video with a more specific title. I just watched the UCBComedy’s video My First Aromatherapy Candle because the title called my attention but from it you can’t really tell if its about a person that finds out about this candles for the first time in their grown up life or a commercial parody on candles for babies or what, however it says a lot about what you’ll expect. If you ad the still image to that then there… you know it’s baby related and all that information is still not revealing the sketch itself but I got enough to know I want to see what they did with that.
So I hear you, I find myself wondering what’s the best thing to do and at the end it’s your decision.
Note: on top of the things you mentioned I think that since the Avatar video is shorter it’s easier for people to want to watch.