Oct 222015

I keep seeing excitement about the new Star Wars, and I can forgive it from my younger friends, who weren’t around for Phantom Menace. But no one over the age of 30 has any excuse, IMHO. Do we, as a species, never learn??

  3 Responses to “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

  1. It is good to know that I am not so alone as I thought. I know too many over 30s who are quite hyped about this. It would be nice if the movie turns out ok, but expecting it to be good is just straight up wishful thinking.

  2. I am under 30. I watched the Star Wars series in the same order I watch everything: in-universe chronologically; this may or may not be related to why I never really cared about Star Wars.

    I know that, as an individual, I never learned this lesson on an emotional level. I often find myself getting way too excited about something even though on an intellectual level I expect that it won’t be that good.

  3. I wasn’t just bored by Revenge of the Sith, I was actively offended and repulsed. After the last installment, Lucas is going to have to walk on water to get me back in a theater.

    But he won’t. Because he’s Hollywood Royalty, and as such he will be sure to hit all the PC touchstones, and it will therefore suck like a hole in an airlock. Plus, Lucas is a master at pulling bad performances out of great actors and actresses. Look what he did to Natalie Portman.

    But the CGI effects will be wonderful.

    The “excitement” you’re complaining about is the power of propaganda at work. Even if the movie is total crap, the sales job will get it to break even. Propaganda is a powerful tool, things like this reveal it.

    Which is why I don’t have cable TV, radio or newspapers in the house. If they’re going to propagandize me, they’re going to have to work for it.

    Moving to another country is a good inoculation as well. When you move from Canada to the USA for example, everything you thought you knew about the USA is revealed to be complete horseshit. Going home for the holidays reveals the rather dismaying truth that everything you thought you knew about your own country is also horseshit.

    Moral of the story is, people learn better when they aren’t being actively lied to, 24/7/365 by experts.

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