I guess it shows my age when I read that the 35th anniversary or “this is spinal tap" is going to be playing soon. I still remember laughing in hysterics when many people I knew stared at the screen, wondering, "what is so funny?"
"What is so funny is that this is like going to work for me. It is like that."
Mind you, at that time, rock and metal bands had to, in the words of the godfather of it all, "Lemmy," - work the road. Bands toured, pretty much non- stop as the window to survive and make a living was tiny. In my generation, I never thought I would see the rolling stones and every other band still out and making a living on stage in their 70s.
When I think of the movie, I am always reminded of the infamous, "but mine goes to 11" scene that sort of sums up the modern-day Instagram and other social media tools that get used for ego, vanity, and whatever reason. I went back to the original formula that started the research and came to the conclusion that there is a section of the world that probably would be better carrying a mirror in front of them?
Then I got into that mathematics of the followers of the "influencers" and had to laugh that no one checked on the validity of any actual humans vs. bots. How does someone have 45,000 followers and 800 people like something, and 650 are bots?
"but mine goes to 11!"
The other part of "this is spinal tap" that is more of a sign of the times is the imaginary band, created from a mockumentary, that gained a cult-like following sued for their rights to the music. In some respects, in the last 35 years, Lemmy is probably rolling over in his grave. "a band has to play live and work the road."
Today…it is more about posing than playing.
Thankfully there is a group of amazing musicians that don't get the headlines but allow you to sit and listen to them and admire the talent and heart with which they play.
Yesterday there was a discussion about robotics and human jobs. My comment was, "the disparity has been set in motion with cash in the united states. I wonder if we will be just like the rest of the world with a few rich and a lot of poor soon? I also don't think people have a clue what is coming down the pipe with the automation and robotics in the workforce?"
As I typed that last line, I just thought, "many won't know, they will be too busy posting images of themselves on social media and poorly shot video snippets of a moment in their life because someone made pushing a few buttons straightforward to produce content. I wonder if anyone cares if it is good content?"
Nah, that takes too much time and work.