Posts Tagged ‘empathy’

First lady Melania Trump arrives back in Washington from Texas wearing "I Don't Care. Do U?" Jacket at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

 

How stupid is America?

A brief (fascist) history of ‘I don’t care’

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Muse say new album ‘Drones’ is ‘a modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy’

And there’s a behind the scenes concert vid at the link.

Caution: Potential Discomfort Ahead

Ask Mommy!

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‘Empathetically Correct’ Is the New Politically Correct

A generation drowned in douche.  Their sensibilities insulated and protected from strange ideas that might challenge them.  Who will save the children from these discomforting words?

Yes, universities across our rapidly collapsing empire rush to rein in discomfort, as a few whiny little turds have complained vociferously enough to get their way. Everyone can enjoy the new “trigger warning” America, where texts that cause discomfort can be targeted and singled out.  These will be pressured out of schools in a more subtle process than bonfires in the quad.

Personally, that would make it easier for me to find the better books, but I doubt those that need to learn more about the world are going to see it that way.  We already have a nation of splintered fundamentalist groupings, extremist churches, religious insanity.  My own town is full up with so-called Christian nutjobs who wouldn’t recognize Jesus if he knocked on their front doors.

They burned Beatles records too.

 

 

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This is one of my favorite sci-fi films, and it isn’t what one would expect.  The twisted altered reality isn’t explained until the very end of the film. This is David Cronenberg’s exploration of immersive video games and mental manipulation — assaulting reality for fun and profit.

eXistenZ is very underrated and isn’t seen much, but the film must have been an influence on Christopher Nolan and his Inception project.

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The plot addresses issues of trusting one’s own eyes and the point where reality and the unreal become indistinguishable.  At this mental point morality no longer matters, as any actions taken can be written off as just a game.  It is the death of empathy.

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This frontal assault against programming ourselves with immoral behaviors in video games stands apart from other works.  Here, it’s impossible to tell what’s real and what isn’t, whether any of it matters or whether everything matters in a life and death kind of way.  With Cronenberg’s penchant for disturbing the viewer, his images of body deformities and impossible biology, the world of eXistenZ reinforces the gravity of the larger topic.  If we are disturbed by little images of body horror, what of having our entire mind rewired for us from outside?