Rants

Comedian, actor and high profile nerd Patton Oswalt has written an editorial for WiReD Magazine titled “Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die”. In the article, Oswalt explains how our everything available anytime internet culture is making the concept of geek culture obsolete. Here is a short excerpt from the article:

The problem with the Internet, however, is that it lets anyone become otaku about anything instantly. In the ’80s, you couldn’t get up to speed on an entire genre in a weekend. You had to wait, month to month, for the issues of Watchmen to come out. We couldn’t BitTorrent the latest John Woo film or digitally download an entire decade’s worth of grunge or hip hop. Hell, there were a few weeks during the spring of 1991 when we couldn’t tell whether Nirvana or Tad would be the next band to break big. Imagine the terror! … When everyone has easy access to their favorite diversions and every diversion comes with a rabbit hole’s worth of extra features and deleted scenes and hidden hacks to tumble down and never emerge from, then we’re all just adding to an ever-swelling, soon-to-erupt volcano of trivia, re-contextualized and forever rebooted. We’re on the brink of Etewaf: Everything That Ever Was—Available Forever.

I know it sounds great, but there’s a danger: Everything we have today that’s cool comes from someone wanting more of something they loved in the past. …. Now, with everyone more or less otaku and everything immediately awesome (or, if not, just as immediately rebooted or recut as a hilarious YouTube or Funny or Die spoof), the old inner longing for more or better that made our present pop culture so amazing is dwindling. … Here’s the danger: That creates weak otakus. Etewaf doesn’t produce a new generation of artists—just an army of sated consumers. Why create anything new when there’s a mountain of freshly excavated pop culture to recut, repurpose, and manipulate on your iMovie? The Shining can be remade into a comedy trailer. Both movie versions of the Joker can be sent to battle each another. The Dude is in The Matrix. The coming decades—the 21st-century’s ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s—have the potential to be one long, unbroken, recut spoof in which everything in Avatar farts while Keyboard Cat plays eerily in the background.

This was just a portion of a much larger rant, which you can read on Wired, but these segments ultimately sum up an observation of over saturation. Do we focus too much on finding ways to recycle and remold the same shit, so much so that we bleed it dry? Does having information, communication and masturbation (it’s kinda sad how 3 little words sum up the entire internet) at your finger tips give too much of an instant gratification? Is our “what’s next?” mentality hindering creativity? Oswalt makes makes some good points. It certainly looks like we are coming to a cultural collapse, but increased access to culture inspires more art from society, does it not? For his point to make sense at all new art would need to stop. Which as of now, hasn’t. Has it slowed down? Maybe, but people are seeing more movies than ever. Geeks are still alive and strong. It’s impossible to consume all that is out there. The future is filled with possibilities. Personally I think Oswalt himself is too much living in the past and can’t let go of that “I saw (insert subject) wayyyy before it was popluar” mentality.

What do you think of Oswalt’s theory? Is geek/nerd culture over saturated? Is nerdom as we know it coming to an end?

[Editors Note: This post is a bit ranty. Hope that’s cool.]

Ya know why we have movies like the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? No. Despite popular belief, it was not the success of ‘Spider-man’ that started this whole “super hero” movie trend. NO! It wasn’t! It all started with ‘Blade’ and his butt-kicking black ass! Like with anything new, dangerous and uncharted territory what does “the man” do? They send the black man in first! He comes back alive, then it’s safe for everyone else to play. ‘Blade’ was the superhero movie equivalent of sending the black guy in. And, boy did it kick ass and take names (let’s just continue to pretend Trinity never happened, okay?). If anyone gets laid tonight it’s because of Wesley Snipes in Blade.

What does this all have to do with actor Stephen Dorff wanting to make a Blade prequel/ spin-off? Absolutely nothing. Just teaching you peeps about history and respect. That, and I really don’t care about Stephen Dorff.

For those that do care, Mr. Dorff loved his character Deacon Frost from the original Blade so much so that he’s got the urge to go back for some more. Here’s what he told Dark Lord Bunnykin’s blog:

“Me and Steve Norrington [director of the original Blade] had a cool treatment for that, and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a Scarface Deacon Frost movie, And it sounded cool, this treatment, but then there was so many legal things. Like New Line owned Blade and Marvel’s got…all this hype into ‘The Avengers’ and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake.”

Blade was such a ’90s thing,” Dorff continues. “I didn’t want to do a Blade movie, I just really wanted to take Deacon and then do a whole other thing which was much more today. So the idea me and Steve had, we might just end up fictionalizing it and just making a new character which might even be better for us. And he’s someone I really like and would love to work with again. So hopefully whenever we get a chance we’ll get into that.”

Whoa. Wait a minute. “Marvel’s got…all this hype into ‘The Avengers’ and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake.”. Well who the fuck asked you? Sit on your hands, stare at the sky and shut the fuck up.. you fucking clown shoes. Regardless of how much of a fan favorite your character is from Blade you need to get over yourself. Blade was a great movie, but no one wants to see a Deacon Frost movie. Especially in lieu of ‘The Avengers’. Sadly, with Hollywood enjoying prequels you’re probably gonna get to play in the superhero playground again. So maybe I’m the “fucking clown shoes”.

Well, y’all know how I feel. Would any of you like to see a Blade prequel or even a Deacon Frost movie?