Thursday, July 29, 2010

Great (Rec/Depr)ession


The Great Depression.  What brought us out of it?  World War II.  How?  Because we had a manufacturing infrastructure lying dormant for a decade, and when we joined the war, we opened our factories again and made everything.  Guns, ammunition, tanks, medicine.  You name it, America made it.

Now we’re in a Great Recession.  The only reason it’s not called a depression is because the bailouts propped the evil banks up this time, so it’s not a total collapse.  The businesses are still more or less in tact, even if the unemployment is just as high.

But something is different this time.  We’re in a war.  Two wars, if you will.  It’s plunging us deeper into debt, and America’s economic machine is not pulling us into more prosperous times.  Why?

Because the bulk of our manufacturing is outsourced overseas to keep prices low.  We use more fuel than we can produce.  Instead of pulling us out of a depression, the Bush war is keeping us in it.

I'm sure there are other factors I’m not considering, but the connection strikes me hard.

(This subject seems to be on my mind a lot lately.  I wonder why.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Open note to writers

To all writers and wannabe writers out there:

Just because something is awkward doesn't mean it's funny.

This especially applies to screenwriters (of, for example, The Office and Cop Out).

A conversation that is awkward is uncomfortable, which makes the audience wish it would end.  Drawing this conversation out for a loooooong time is not funny, and it's not entertaining; it just tortures the audience.  For example, every scene involving the dimwitted parents in the Transformers movies.

Repeat!

Awkward != Funny
Awkward <> Funny
Awkward ≠ Funny

Friday, July 9, 2010

fiction v/s reality


In fiction, every question must have an answer, every detail must be relevant, guns are loaded in act one and always go off in act three, and by act five everything ties together and makes sense.

Unlike fiction, life offers no answers.  In the real world, all we find are questions.  Eventually we find so many questions that we start to see answers in the questions themselves.