The Politics of Anger
Sunday, 19 September 2010, 7:20 AM
We're all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride.
There has been a disturbing trend in the last twenty years that started with the proliferation of email. This trend hides under the guise of politics. This trend has served to polarize us into a nation colored red or blue. (on a side note, how did Republicans end up being red? I have to wonder if the communists are upset that they've lost their color.) This trend has served to escalate anger and to minimize rational discussion.
This trend is what I call the Politics of Anger. You've been exposed to it if you have an email address, read Face Book, and/or peruse political blogs from time to time. The story about Obama not being a natural citizen is a fine example. I'm not going to take sides on that argument, but simply point out that I have seen very little hard evidence on either side. Mostly, I see angry rhetoric thrown back and forth along with personal insults and epitaphs disparaging the intelligence of the other side.
I don't blame the internet for this; the internet has allowed us to inform one another on how we feel about anything we want to express. It is an open forum filled with so much information no one person could ever absorb even ten percent of it.
I don't blame the current political parties for this anger either. They are what they are, and I say that with the most pontifical attitude I can convey as I couldn't really begin to explain what they really are. I'm not sure I really would want to. But I digress...
The blame for this anger can mostly be lain at the feet of leisure I think. We've become the product of all the sweat, blood, and toil of our ancestors who continually worked hard for the future of their children. Well, welcome to that future. We live in such luxury that we no longer tolerate anything that appears to be hard work; like researching an argument. It is much easier, and to some, perhaps more satisfying to type out angry retorts to views opposite of those we hold. It is as if the last angry post is going to win. God help you if you try topping me!
I read a blog the other day disparaging Obama's politics. There were several accusations made and I really won't go into them here. The replies were both for and against, but after reading thirty or so, I did not find one reply against that gave any sort of thought out argument refuting the accusations. Every one of them was simply an angry retort or personal attack on the blogger.
On Face Book, an apparent democrat posted a picture of a group of people holding signs on which were written epitaphs dealing with the question of Obama's citizenship. Someone posted that the 'lily white' crowd in the picture must all be bigots. I was taken aback, and looked closer at the picture. Yes they were all white, and yes Obama has some African heritage in him, but I saw nothing to indicate that these people thought Obama was unfit for his job because he was black. They were angry because a Democrat was President; it could have been a white guy and the only thing that would've changed in the picture was the face on their placards.
The problem has reached the point where we no longer listen very well at all. We simply hurl shit at each other in the hopes that whoever ends up the stinkiest is the loser. This, I think, was a great tactic for our hominid ancestors in protecting their territory, but looks rather foolish when done by supposed grown ups of the modern world, or maybe the problem is that they are too grown up? Do we take ourselves too seriously?
I remember a comedy group who did bits of absurd humor called Firesign Theater. They had an album called “I think we're all Bozo's on this Bus”. I think we all need to remember that. I believe that in the grand scheme of the Universe, how much shit you can throw on your opponent doesn't really count for much at all. It might get your enemy to stink, but in the process you won't be able to avoid getting some on yourself.
The Universe is some 2 billion years old, or something like that. That is 1,000 times older than the entire human race, right back to our earliest ancestors who hurled shit at one another to delineate and protect their turf. Given this humbling fact, is spreading shit that much better than spreading laughter? Which will be remembered?
I think it's time to start handing out big red noses and floppy shoes and to start taking ourselves a little less seriously. We need to take our opponent's viewpoints with a little more salt. I suggest that next time an opposing viewpoint really makes you upset, try making your enemy laugh rather than cover them in shit.
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How to Pick a Wedding Videographer? Why trouble looking through an report on How
to Pick a Wedding Videographer? Following all, you just
look at his (or her) footage and size up their temperament, service fees and strategies, then make your alternative, correct?
Suitable. And that's how the greater part of weddings get ruined -
or at minimum have the "Fun Meter" turned way, way down! That's ideal, 4 out
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So, if you you should not want your wedding ceremony Videographer
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Wedding ceremony Videographer Types of Operation There is a time for posed, official videofooatge -
at your picture session. Generally there are two photo
classes, just one held in advance of the ceremony, with fellas and gals kept individual, and just one held right after the ceremony.
In my opinion, a wedding Videographer ought
to be informed that this is the only likelihood to get posed footage and
that he must be great adequate to capture all other footage as although he had been a skilled event Videographer - oh wait around, he IS (intended to be) a qualified occasion Videographer.
Occasion Videographers and photographers are intended to be in a position to unobtrusively record
an occasion with no interrupting it to stage and pose for footage, etcetera.
Puppeteers Unfortunately, most brides are unaware
of this very little reality. Immediately after all,
she only has to pick out a marriage ceremony Videographer the moment in her life (with
any luck ,). So what transpires when she
hires a marriage ceremony Videographer who cannot shoot like an occasion Videographer?
Just one who thinks he ought to be in cost of every thing and that just about every shot need to be posed in order
to get a clean and quick montage. I'm glad you questioned, for
the reason that now we're receiving to the full intent of this article.
These men act like puppeteers with you and your groom as the puppets.
You are never still left alone to get pleasure from your working
day. There will be no everyday footage of you and your groom, pals and relatives having a good time, partly mainly
because all footage will be staged and partly due to
the fact the marriage Videographers will make it hard for men and
women to have a fantastic time.
It starts when the bride and bridesmaids are acquiring prepared.
Some Videographers will occur into the space and continue to be out
of the way and quietly get some informal pictures,
then ask for a several posed photographs, then depart. Those are the execs.
However, most are not execs and will hover more than the bride and bridesmaids, constantly harassing them for posed pictures,
so that the bride and her mates can barely obtain any time
to chat freely and get pleasure from the minute.
The Wedding ceremony Ceremony All through the ceremony, a time that should
have reverence, a time that ought to belong
to you and your groom, I see these wedding day Videographers frequently turning their
video clip lights on and off and going for walks again and forth in front of attendees.
They appear to be doing a a lot improved work of distracting your visitors than of acquiring
excellent shots. A skilled marriage / celebration Videographer really should be capable to deal with this from a tripod further back
again in the area, employing a telephoto lens and without the need of lights.
He must not be relocating about and distracting people today.
The intent and concentrate of a wedding ceremony need to be you, your groom
and your guests - not a wedding Videographer (and not a
wedding day photographer both).
Picture Session I've seen after-ceremony photo periods operate two several hours and extended.
By that time, guests at the reception had developed fatigued
of waiting around and had started leaving. This is not the way you want your wedding remembered!
A genuine "pro" Videographer will extend the picture session a
lot less than ten minutes to get some unique video footage.
Reception This is where it truly gets undesirable! Marriage Videographers know they have to have superior shots of the
key occasions - grand entrance very first dances cake-reducing toasts bouquet toss garter toss and many others.
A legitimate skilled wedding ceremony Videographer will
get these pictures "casual type" by staying out of the way, yet close ample to get the shots.
You, your groom and friends will see he
is there and there will be camera lights, but he would not be truly distracting or
Nevertheless, the greater part I have observed are
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having staging them. They will not permit you and your groom get pleasure from things like cake-chopping
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Envision likely through your reception even though continually currently being instructed
what to do by the marriage ceremony Videographer! This is not a "marriage ceremony reception",
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I am frequently surprised at the way brides and grooms meekly permit this to materialize, then rail angrily about it afterward.
Sure, you will get your movie - but will you and your groom
seriously appear satisfied?
These marriage ceremony Videographers will hover above you so intently
that your friends probably would not get a really great perspective of the significant reception events.
Your marriage ceremony photographers will have to be magicians
or use a few or four cameras through your reception in purchase
to have any opportunity of getting some shots that will not contain your wedding Videographer.
But the real "professionals" can get fantastic shots with no manipulating you as a result of all your events and devoid
of unduly distracting your attendees. Do not consider likelihood - demand that your
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and your friends some viewing area.
How Does Your Marriage Videographer Dress? I am continually astonished at the way quite a few wedding Videographers arrive dressed
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How is Your Wedding day Photographer Being Compensated?
Most marriage photography options are structured so that the a lot
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make. I have been informed much more than once that
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see just where by the video camera is, then repositions himself to block its
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