let's see… met fashion ball, Catholicism and the Cardinal hang with fashionistas, more skewering of human beings in politics and its double standards/hypocrisy, sports star gets new career-reviving Liberace act on vegas strip...(snip)…. yes, if you take a swamp at the right time, the reflection of the world around it can be beautiful. I think the discarded trash of the liquor bottle floating on the swamp weeds is a touching addition to how humans are treating humans. yesterday in a SIG, there was an actual question from programmers wondering, “why do we have to be respectful of how we treat other programmers.”
I don’t know why I scanned the headlines this morning, but it appears there was a collision between what I call the second most wasteful industry in the world – fashion. and then I guess you can make a case for politics being a really sad reality in that it is a game to destroy human beings in a world where no one is perfect. I am not sure how cardinal cook fits into all this? is he the referee of sorts going to the fashion shows and hobnobbing with the New York politicians while if you take off the make-up, put away the fancy clothing, and get beyond the smiling faces of everyone pretending to play nice – it can be really ugly underneath the makeup and clothign fit for a king.
you want to make the country great again. stop pandering an “image” and accept the reality. I guess this is triggered when I when for a promenade digestive last evening and came across a high school game with kids playing their sport, yet, after every score, I might have been watching the professionals with the ways the kids emulated their professional idols. when I took pictures of sports, I really hated the JUBO (jubilation) shots that seemed to fill the paper and media more and more.
“people want to see the smiling face of their hero”
“isn’t their job to score a touchdown, make a first down? why all the hype?”
“hype? don’t be a party pooper. get with the excitement of entertainment!”
‘I thought this was a sport…a competition. it isn't a life or death struggle like war...why is it becoming like acting or a performance? an illusion of entertainment? you don't even want great photos of the action of the game anymore."
"we just send the folks at the headquarters what they request..."
"so i technically could just stand there and wait for some score and shoot the image of happiness, joy, and people doing dances and it would work."
"technically yes, but you can't just do that can you."
"no...i don't get the logic of hype...ti works well in entertainment, advertising, and marketing - but i think everyday life should be more about reality."
"you really are naive?"
"nah, i think i just saw too much of the reality of the world. non-fiction is ok with me."
that is about how the conversations went with some photographers. they were in the game for a profession and to try to make a living from images. today, I simply am sad where photography has gone and if you need I can do a page on the reality of what people are taking lots of pictures of these days – “themselves!”
what bothers me about the news this morning is all the amount of coverage given to the event, of which, I hope everyone had a nice time with all the preparation, staging, makeup, hair, stylists and the rest of the small team of people it takes to make one person really look good. you can laugh, but if you gave me the same team of people, you and I would look good as well. perhaps this is why I get fed up with big boy clothes and Sunday dress.
“God really doesn’t care what I am wearing, he cares what is in my heart and soul…of which, if you look there, I am nowhere near squeaky clean and perfect.”
reading the papers today with another political person career going up in flames as if it is a daily event, sort of like perpetual political BBQ. yet, with all the folks in power, and with all the things coming out in the news…let it all be fair, not a one-way street and/or when it is convenient to further another group or persons agenda. I speak of the mystery of two presidents and the reality of behind the scenes, are they any different? or is it like the famous Mel Brooks line, “it’s good to be the king!” as it comes with power to smite thine enemies?
I could be wrong, but it seems like this country is really getting off kilter with common sense and the hyping and puffing up of imagery of everything, the diluting of the meaning of everything, and the unacceptance that we are all human, imperfect, and it is up to us to work together and not continue a path of social barbarism. I don’t know if that is a term, but that is what comes out when I hear the “social media” world and how the reality of human beings acting to each other in the reality of day to day life.
like the WWE, which I give the most credit to taking a sport, and hyping it into entertainment. it works great for that industry. the media crafted the “hype” factor and social media has allowed everyone to get in on the game.
we aren’t living some augmented or virtual world (yet) but why are we not noticing the behaviors that seem to take away from the actual workings of sport, fashion, religion, politics and living life with all the layers of faux frosting on each of our cakes?
I am sure there is a deeper question there – but as I think about it, the root issue is evading me. time for another coffee and to avoid the bloodletting and/or news. I mean as much as I applaud Tom Brady for his talent, skills, and beautiful family…I do wonder if Elton John allowed him to borrow one of his stage outfits.
it actually would look good on Elton. he could pull it off with ease. but I mean, with all due respect Mr. Brady. I think a beautiful suit, no bells and whistles, accouterments of lace and golden threads would have people going “wow, great fashion!” and when you combine that with your wife next to you – she would radiate even more. but that is just me attempting to be a fashion critic…of which, how do people take money for doing this – it feels creepy. does criticism get easier the more you do it?
maybe fashion is like inventing…you are going to fail a whole lot? but you admit, “Nah this missed the mark, or doesn’t work?” and you develop a mentality of, “I think I am right with this path and idea, but I am ok if I am wrong, as it will open up 10 new ideas for a solution.”
then again, I think there were only one, maybe two ideas that went as planned in the mind in my entire life.
do the political, fashion, and religious folks…does anyone not believe the hype anymore? or is everyone too busy trying to keep running on the treadmills and gerbil mills of chasing success and happiness to make a moment for introspection?
now I have this odd premonition that the future when AAI (advanced artificial intelligence) evolves and doesn’t destroy humans, it will create a world where everyone is connected and people are simply staring at themselves in a digital mirror of sorts. the machines will invent a dichromatic mirror so that if the power should fail, the redundancy will be an actual mirror reflecting the image of the person back…I wager they won’t even know the power went out for a while?
what do you expect, in the town, I grew up in, rod Serling grew up there – I can easily understand why he wrote what he did with the “twilight zone.”