How storytelling morphed into reading the news off a teleprompter
In the beginning there were original stories (legends, folklore, mythology) complete with protagonists, antagonists and other token characters usually of a religious theme who were manifested with humankinds many intuitive literary forms. Then came the remakes of those stories which typically sought to revise and better produce those stories (like a book to a movie) in their attempts to communicate the stories more approximately, this of course had the effect of limiting the amount of imagination that was required to comprehend it (something I will talk about in just a bit). Then there were reruns and remastering which amounted to a fine grooming and repackaging of these ‘classic’ stories in the most up to date media format replete with advertisements for shit from China. Not to long afterwards came what is mistakenly termed “reality” TV, and surely enough it is also approaching the end of its rope and as I will argue will also be replaced solely by "news".
So we have this progression: (You can skip this part if you want its purely shorthand theoretical pretentious horseshit!!!)
Temporally bound narratives (ex. hieroglyphics were archetype is first expressed in basic communicative form)>>>>
Religious literature (dynamic illustration, mythology)>>>
Plays, dramas, characters, literary forms>>>
Revisions/ of stories/ remakes in different circumstance etc/ production upgrades>>>
Reality TV (semi-atemporal/ not quite real time narrative)>>>
THE NEWS (atemporal, omnipresent, ongoing narrative albeit heavily propaganda laden). >>>>
*Note the increasingly atemporal aspect of this progression in that we are increasingly less interested in 'stories' with beginnings and endings. 'Education' happens at every level and is contingent of course on the truth of the content therein.
COMPLIANCE VS CREATIVE RESPONSIBILITY
The evolution of ‘narratives’ is one that has increasingly replaced the imaginative responsibility of the viewer with an utter compliance and faith in the author and to their ever more detailed and complex depictions/ descriptions of events, to a point in which the faintest degree of open-endedness or narrative dissent triggers an obtuse form of cultural anxiety which essentially amounts to a fear of having to choose (that human right we feel so compelled to defend), and usually means you can kiss your academy award goodbye! How ironic is it that we have arrived at this -fear of choice- while also allegedly at the highpoint of the age of individualism? What does this say about the integrity of our longings to be individuals? Is it bullshit? Who knows. That’s an interesting question in itself but what I really want to talk about in this article is the post-reality-TV era, that is, the phase that will succeed the 'reality TV' craze.
This shift in itself will mark the transition into the cultural singularity (discussed in a bit). The current media of choice has went well beyond fake reality TV to appease our endless desire for easily processed bad news that is being broadcast from a safe distance, leaving absolutely no room for imagination whatsoever, leaving our RIGHT brains to rot. So its no suprise we have grown frail in this respect, incapable of navigating without the aid of google maps, incapable writing an essay without a designated format and incapable of discerning truth without "official" citations.
They do demand we retain some of our imaginative power however, just enough that we can imagine the omnipotent force which watches over us in a fantastic myriad of ways, so we can imagine how the people who run this world are shapeshifting lizards who are using us for our negative energy instead of rich psychotic hominids protected by roid freaks with guns. No the former is far more sensible of course.
This form of media is commonly referred to as the "alternative news" a direct consequence of the one and only “NEWS”. Which of course is the main subject of our talk today. Wherever you are, you can assuredly find what your looking for (ads) in between news stories (yes they are in actuality still stories because they are 99% bullshit, I know that makes it confusing so lets assume its somehow true in that context).
When I watch the news online, all the stories are separated by ads, and this isn’t counting the ads in the media coverage itself, whether it be the latest Facebook privacy controversy (which in itself drives millions to the website) or apples leaked iPhone, that clearly wasn’t intentionally leaked to create hype… at all, its become obvious that the News is nothing more than a commodity itself, and this has likely been clear for some time, however the market has boomed in the past few years immensely, and the media has acquired a new dangerous dependency on shit hitting fan IN REALITY to pay their Israeli shareholders.
There is no doubt some finite limitations to the human storytelling capability as well. That is, there are a finite number of fundamental roles, plots, narrative structures, movements in time and space etc. that a human being or any protagonist for that matter can assume, not even counting the limited language it is written in. Thus its only a matter of time before we run out of ideas because what is appropriate for the mainstream is only that which is trimmed of originality and realism so its amendable to our brainwashed minds. Its actually not that we have run out of ideas, so much as reaching the limits of the demands for those ideas. There is a reason why festival flicks will always be festival flicks, its because people by and large do not want to think or be inspired unless they are being inspired to do stupid shit on an unconscious level like kill people who they are told "wanted to kill them first". The cultural singularity is the point when these mass produced stories so longer satiate our cathartic longings, we live in an era when only a movie that costs 500 million can reach a fraction of the world... (i.e. avatard). The nature of our society further limits these stories in its quest for ‘Hollywood endings’, thus it is trimmed of anything existential, and certainly hasn’t adequately psychologically prepared us for the next big thing in entertainment which is: The News. EVERYWHERE, ANYTHING, ANYTIME.
Mankind’s psyche has been theorized to consist of a range of finite archetypes (the hero, the actor, the king etc) all of which have seemed to have exhausted potential in Hollywood. The rise in popularity of reality TV compliments this saturation of ideas, and echoes the social narcissism of western culture which itself has been adapted to supplement this growing void of human creativity, while marking the demise of authentic and original works of art. The once fertile landscape for ideas has become standardized desert of predictability, with few points of nourishment and there is simply no organic soil for these new ideas to grow and evolve and take root, asides from mutated notions that are propaganda ready, those can grow anywhere (but mind your copyright). What happens then is that culture becomes stagnant, nothing new is sewn, so we end up being that which we fear the most i.e. mindless fucking clones of other clones.
With the monetization of culture came an acquired sense of urgency in our lives, living to live was no longer sufficient in appeasing our turbulent existence, the goal now was to live for tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and look busy today damn it! Art would no longer suffice in serving the aesthetic needs of the narcissistic populous that were tiring of using their imagination to fill in the gaps of the story, they needed more time to need more time to need more time and so on. Laugh tracks for example would no longer provide enough relief from this responsibility, and people were no longer fooled nor could they be so easily cued to exhibit emotion in the modern day. Today only reality will suffice. This quest for something real is (not surprisingly) in all actuality an inversion of our material pursuits which are by and large fake and fabricated (not counting utterly insane from a objective point of view). The extent to which people long for reality is the extent to which they have been deprived of it. Sadly however the reality TV they get is usually as far from reality as possible and typically serves the function of refining our misconceptions about what reality is, as well as providing a great venue for advertisers who want to show us how to live. Now the days of survivor and American idol are numbered, there is a new form of entertainment on the scene, and it is called REALITY and people are starving for it, the problem is they are being fed genetically modified, irradiated disinformation instead of nourishing truths about the world with which they live.
This current form of entertainment is not without its many drawbacks of course which is the primary purpose of this talk. For starters it demands endless bad news. It means that in order to entertain people you need to some form of disaster or bad news to be happening constantly, through which they can vicariously live through, endowing them with some faint memory of what it means to be vital while residing in their little over the counter matchbox in the gated community on the hill, working the bullshit job with there bullshit friends who are all exactly the same as them and what nothing more for them then the nothing they also aspire to. Something to ooh and awe against, something to get mad about, something to be outraged at, something to bring us to tears and prompt the expression of all of those things our society taught us to view were symptoms of a weak mind (emotions), and only when marketable. This frail fabric of civilization is now held together (its members emotionally satisfied) by its members appeasement in witnessing its own demise; that is, when self-destruction became a commodity, the system will have begun devouring itself, like a starving person subsisting off their own muscle tissue. That is, when the system with nowhere else to turn, and with no hope in sight begins to subsist off of its own substance to stay alive it will become its own parasite, its own infection, its own demise. This is what’s happening right now. We are devouring ourselves because there is nothing left outside worthy of our 3 second recognition asides from CHAOS, DEATH, BAD BAD BAD. Its never of the actual 'real' sort, its always some agenda serving bullshit that we are supposed to get all teary eyed about so people who don't give a fuck can carry on not giving a fuck. Indeed it is bad, it fucking sucks. What sucks more is how we say it sucks in one respect and contradict ourselves by partaking in it. (I the author am humbly and honestly not immune)
THE NEW "NEWS" IS BAD FUCKING NEWS!!!
Whether its 24hr live feeds of environmental destruction, leaked videos of American robotic airplanes shooting innocent civilians, cell phone coverage of police brutality or long line ups of people waiting to get the jab, the truth is evident; the new form of entertainment IS SHIT HITTING THE FUCKING FIZZ-AN . This is post-reality TV mindfuck, and it is the future of entertainment. IT IS THE ONLY FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT. It is mistakenly called infotainment, but anyone who is aware of how "the news" is actually made realizes that this is a far cry from ‘information’. Remember that movie the running man? If you haven’t never mind, if you have then… you get what I am saying. The movie basically depicts a future in which our obsession with reality TV and our own social repression has prompted into existence a game show that as a consequence has people put through a gauntlet of challenges in order to stay alive, playing on the carnal bloodlest that has pervaded human societies since the days of Rome and beyond. We have done the task one better!!! Instead of an actual reality show as depicted in the movie, we will save our froth for SHIT ACTUALLY HITTING FAN!!! We will get some doritos and watch the BP live feed on a huge fuck the earth 50 inch screen. Why create a show, write scripts, pay actors etc, when the best stories are embedded in this massive fiction of which we are apart called culture. We are entering what I refer to as the cultural singularity, the moment in which cultures becomes devoid of any imagination, any human dimension, pure 100% efficiency mindless complacency will implode, and this whole facade will come crashing down. It is the point in which we become our own source of entertainment, a world of catastrophe based product placement, vicarious adventures, survivalist products and inconsequential social media teleprotests and "cause" apps, anything to keep our minds occupied.
The alternative media shills who claim to sell the truth are not immune to this criticism and are in many ways at the forefront of this new economic rebel pyradigm. They purport to be the “realest” of the real media (i.e. news), some even giving themselves names like “the real news”, knowing full well that the -reality complex-(as spun by culture of lies) of many will cloud their vision enough to permit a donation, buy a t-shirt and pretend like they are privileged with "knowledge" above the rest in turn indoctrinating them into elitism. these agencies claim to be the real that is absent in the lives of so many, when they are in fact a gross overcompensation who themselves have fallen victim to the zeitgeist of lies it claims to hope to transcend, they too have an investment in shit hitting the fan. So long as they trade in credits I guarantee you: THEY HAVE AN INVESTMENT IN SHIT HITTING THE FAN!!!
The truth is we buy with our attention power (similar to purchasing power), when you go to a news website or even television, and are drawn to the most negative story being offered we are choosing more news of the type in subsequent reports, we need to ask ourselves what sort of self-defeating mechanism we are operating on when we do this. Which part of our action is justified, curious, and seeks justice, and which side just seeks a compensative thrill to sound more educated then we are while talking about it to people steeped in sheepdom.
Luckily for rich evil fucks, the bad news is not in short supply in fact we are approaching a singularity of bad news so to speak, a point at which there is so much bad news THEY WONT BE ABLE TO GIVE THE NEWS ANYMORE!!!!!
Indeed the media is bullshit, everythings a lie, everything is corrupt, but it comes to a point when we will this into existence, our endless thirst for reality is to replace oceans with picket signs, calm captivity with unenlightened go nowhere rebel cliches and martyrs on Chinese T-shirts and celebrity bullhorns auctioned on ebay. While we all sit here and anticipate the big finale with a blend of intrigue, fear and satisfaction we are also expecting to leave the theater afterwards...
but that my friends doesn’t happen in reality.
THE THEATER WILL HAVE BURN'T DOWN!!!!