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Caution: Potential Discomfort Ahead

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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.

 

 

LA Screenwriter

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At the recent Austin Film Festival, Danny Manus and Pamela Ribon were on hand to teach all the shy, introverted, socially-awkward writers in the room (myself included) how to pitch. Danny’s experience with pitching comes from the executive end. He’s currently running No BullScript Consulting, but he admits that he is a “recovering development executive.” Pamela’s experience comes from actually doing pitches for both film and TV projects, and she has sold numerous ideas and scripts to the likes of ABC, Warner Bros., Disney Channel, and 20th Century Fox.

Pamela and Danny had a lot of wonderful advice to dispense. In no particular order, here are their top 24 tips:

  1. A logline is key. Hook them up front with your big idea, your main characters, and your conflict.
  2. Don’t get bogged down in the details. This leads to coming to the end of your time and…

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