Look Out! It’s Godzilla!

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What is the one thing that people of the modern world (namely 1st world countries) fear most? To answer simplify we fear anything that gives off the slightest hint of the mundane. To us it represents the equivalent of a life threatening disease or a terrifying monster similar to Godzilla. In many ways we desperately try to avoid any conditions or situations that might result in this unbearable creature. For example, that means nothing old, nothing repetitive, less simplicity, and more originality. By the end of my rambling on of random points I hope to pass my knowledge onto you on what I view about boredom in today’s society.
The Movies
In the movie industry today the focus appears on the form of the “wow factor” and how the movie created needs to impress the audience. There seems to be multiple ways to gaining the modern audience’s attention and taking it for a thrill ride if done correctly. First, there exists the proper timing of explosions. The explosions create a rush of excitement for the audience when placed at unexpected times in a movie. Hollywood movies today become synonymous around the world with explosions and endless special effects. Americans appear to be incapable of enjoying a movies without explosions, the common phrase being “that movie didn’t have enough action in it”. The trend of movies evolving began with sound, then color, and now special effects. Some young people may ponder why and/or how people of the past found entertainment in silent, black and white films. At the time of the movie’s creation it surfaced as a new and awe-inspiring invention of modern science, therefore people became impressed enough with just the idea that pictures could move. Over time however people became exposed to movies regularly and it took more to impress and excite the public about movies. This trend of needing more and more to fascinate an audiences during a movie continues today but at a more rapid rate upwards.
Secondly, cinema tries to entice people to come to theaters for movies in 3-D. More and more movies each year come out as 3-demensional movies. This plays off of the use of special effect because audiences experience the high-tech special effects on a closer to first hand basis. Yes, 3-D existed from early on in the creation of cameras but the special effects at the time lacked in realism. With the help of technology movies look more realistic in appearance and seem more like the filming of actually events than the filming of say two toy air planes or puppets fighting. Movie producers want to create an existing experience that makes audiences forget about their own lives and the fact that they remain watching a movie not real events, as a result the experience creates feelings of interest and enthusiasm.
Third, in contradiction to ongoing explosions but in sync with the desire for realism perhaps in 3-D, some directors set out to make movies more like real life. In the past movies focus on impossible adventures and dream come true stories, but many people today have become sick of the happily ever after and mission impossible films. People want a new spin on cinema that shows life how it really happens and the cold hard truth that rarely do dreams actually come true. Producers respond with movies about the day in the life of the ordinary person and the story of their life. Others take an ordinary person’s life and add some unusually factor to attract audience interest but not so unusually that the story turns out hard to believe. The “real life” genre for now maintains the popular style of movies but eventually the public will tire of this topic as well.
Lastly, Hollywood now turns redoing old box office hit movies into an art form all its own. Even the movie Godzilla surfaces as another classic being remade for another round. The film industry wants a successful idea so they turn to past movies, then they update the graphics, the plot, and the cast to entice modern viewers to pay for a movie that already came out decades ago. In many cases this money making scheme works and the remake creates another box office hit by pigging backing off the original popularity of the first movie. However, if the film producer fails in recreating the original movie’s magic along with added flare for the well-seasoned audience, then the movie comes out flop and viewed as an injustice to the original movie.
All these tricks of Hollywood factor into making a movie that “wow factor” on an audience that grows increasingly harder to excite and please when it comes to movies. After over a hundred years since filming came into being, there proves to be fewer ways to create originality that the public has not already seen or can rent on Netflix.
Newer, and Newer, and Newer Technology
Every couple of months or so there always emerges new technology released from major companies. The first example that comes to everyone’s mind usually includes Apple and its continuous parade of new products. Advertisers jump on pushing the latest and greatest technology like the coming soon iPhone 6. If you click the hyperlink you find an entire website dedicated to constant updates on the upcoming releases of new phones, cars, cameras, computers, and more. The tech companies feed off of consumer desires for newer and better things. Back in the days of flip phones, people carried around the same cell phone for years but now people only use the same cellphone for a few months and then upgrade to the next model. Instead of a brand new device many consumers suck themselves into a money pit and constant renewal cycle of keeping up with endless upgrades. Just last month the news reported the story of Michelle Greensmen and her infant son Patrick. Miss Greensmen for a long time enjoyed upgrading her phone to the newest model, she thought keeping the old model for extended periods of time ruined the experience of having a nice phone. Every time her contract was up she upgraded to the newest model as a treat to herself. However, the single mom found trouble trying to keep up with the rising payments of fancier phones despite the two jobs she maintained and struggled to stay financially afloat. This set back did nothing to stop Miss Greensmen’s joy for new phones from turning into an all-out obsession (physiologists are now blaming the obsession on her seeking a means to escape the reality of her difficult life). Finally, when the money ran out for Michelle Greensmen she became desperate for money so she could buy the iPhone 5. She decided to try to sell her infant son Patrick on eBay’s black market in order to make enough money to purchase her new phone. Luckily for little Patrick the local police department scanning eBay for stolen goods noticed the misdeed and stopped Miss Greensmen before any buyers could take action. Today Michelle Greensmen sits in jail day after day and the only activity she completes other than daily necessities (eat, drink, etc.) entails her using her new precious phone and keeping up with its program updates.
Now the story of Miss Greensmen may seem extreme to the common person, but most people do keep upgrading their phones even if nothing appeared to be wrong with the old one. People want new and exciting gadgets to use and spice up their everyday life. For them new features equals new fun and more options to distract themselves while at the office or doing work. About a year or so ago some people may still remember the commercial where everyone in the commercial pretended to lose or damage their phones in order to get new phones that offer more features. Another example, for young adults, children, and the occasional grown man surfaces through game consoles. The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 drive many gamers wild for new and better game consoles despite the fact that many of them can still use their old consoles without any trouble. Gamers want the new and better features and many (especially kids) begin to view their older models as relics of the past. Why keep the old and already used when you could own the brand new and never before handled game consoles?
Today’s world sees waves of technology to fit consumer wants for innovative and fun-to-use products that keep us entertained and both the desire as well as supply seem to grow as each year passes.
Land of Plenty
In the article “Boredom is a Luxury in a Land of Plenty” Mike McGreer responds to an author on boredom existing as a disease growing rapidly in modern society. Mr. McGreer gives a brief response by saying he agrees that “our technology-saturated society” contributes to increasing rates of people today complaining about boredom. In addition, he goes on to say that he believes boredom exists as a luxury that only people not struggling to survive can experience. He basically claims that boredom is a privilege that should be appreciated because only people with their basic needs fulfilled can enjoy.
Now Everyone’s a Hipster
Whether one means through social media, fashion, or articulating one’s interests, “hipsterism” spreads like wild among America’s youth. Young adults today grew tired of acting “mainstream” and now desire to create an original, individual persona. On social media people strive to say and show interest in original ideas that no one thought of before. Commonly when talking about favorite books, TV shows, or music artists, young adults often put high emphasis on already knowing about or enjoying something before anyone else knew about it. As a result, the growing movement continues toward making oneself more uncommon, unique, and fascinating than everyone else around you. Each person must create a personality and set of interests that no one else came into contact with before. Fashion companies try to make a buck of “hipsterism” by bringing back old and former unpopular fashion items or creating new strange fashion trends to help create the image of an individual with unique qualities. Young adults use the crazy fashion and thoughts on favorite subjects through social media to show creativity and originality from the “mainstream” of society. They go for “I’m not like everyone else, I’m fun and exciting”.
Work Cited

http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/391/967739-godzilla_2000_02.jpg

http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sr&csi=8370&sr=HLEAD(Boredom%20is%20a%20luxury%20in%20a%20land%20of%20plenty)%20and%20date%20is%202005

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3 thoughts on “Look Out! It’s Godzilla!”

  1. Dear AMR191,
    I was intrigued by your blog. First of all, I liked the title since it really caught my attention. Secondly, I enjoyed your commentary on today’s movies. It seems as if every movie today is exactly the same. They all seem to try to pack as many explosions and violence into 90min as they can. Often times, they sacrifice a good plot/storyline to accomplish this. Your segment about hipsters also caught my eye. The brains of hipsters really interest me. I do not fully understand why they do what they do or what makes them so horrible. I would have really enjoyed it if you expanded on them a little more. Overall, a very good blog entry!

  2. Hello,

    What caught my attention was mainly the title of your post. In the beginning boredom is introduced as something similar to a monster like Godzilla, but later on it’s unclear whether boredom is considered good or bad. After reading through the articles I recognized the idea that boredom causes innovation, but I was unsure whether continued innovation was positive or negative. I agreed with the points of boredom presented, but it would be nice if the idea if either the positive or negative consequences of continuous innovation were discussed. Also, in some parts I was unclear what kind of point was presented, such as the “Land of Plenty” section, since it’s about the luxury of boredom rather than the innovation from boredom (an idea seen in the other sections). Perhaps adding an ending comment for the post is a good way to relate all of the sections.

  3. First off, you killed it with the title. I had no idea what I was about to read, but it ended up being very intriguing the way you tied the title into your essay, especially the portion dealing with movies. Through the first two sections every point you made was very lucid and distinct, letting me know exactly what you were trying to say. Your use of specific examples enhanced your arguments even more as it gave me a real-life connection to the topic. I also liked, in the movie section, your emphasis on one’s all around “experience” at the movies. I know, for me, unless I leave a movie theater in utter awe and disbelief, I am most likely not satisfied with what I watched. And that has definitely become a norm in society. So, good job focusing on that concept because I think it is something everyone today can relate to. I thought the fictional story on Michelle Greensmen was creative and put a nice emphasis on the points you made earlier. I only had one issue, really, with the entire essay: the last paragraph. I understand the point you are trying to make, however I think you need to discuss its significance and relevance to the central topic, boredom. I’m not completely sure how standing out and trying to be unique stems or results from boredom quite yet. Just expand on that, if you can. Overall, very creative and clear argument 🙂

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