(I'm not a fan of Twilight, by the way. I understand why every girl at school loves the stuff, but it isn't for me. No way. I'm just jealous, of course. I want the book deal.)
So anyway, sister dear hits me with "I didn't think you were so cynical?"
Did you see the news yesterday? A 34-year-old Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a rush for cheap crap? Look--this is the kind of thing that scares the hell out of me. Is it wrong to be cynical?
Now Aaron, you say, Twilight and the Wal-Mart incident are unrelated.
Really, I say. Really? I think the mob mentality is present in both situations. People have been whipped into a frothing mad frenzy for the purpose of selling some junk and making a little profit. Our highly commercial entertainment industry has been blended to a vanilla paste-pudding because it sells better. Have you read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? He was spot on with a lot of our modern entertainment. Scary how prophetic he was in that book. Make art easy for people, and they buy more. Make art simple and they consume like it's water.
An example: Student 1 had me listen to a song by Emo Band #1 the other day. Student 2 said, "Emo Band #1 sucks; Emo Band #2 is awesome." I listened to Emo Band #2--it was the same thing. Same chord structure, same tempo, same inane lyrics spouted by someone who can't carry a tune. The kids swallow this stuff by the truckload.
I know "money makes the world go 'round". I live in that system. I just don't have to like it.
What me cynical? Only until I land my own seven figure book deal.
(winks and nods)