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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Industrial scale wizardry

From Jordan Peterson to The Last Jedi, you simply can't believe anything that the media tells you about what is big or smart or successful or popular anymore. Because it's all just corporate gaslighting for profit.
Director Kyle Newman: You look at The Last Jedi, and honestly, I don't know anybody out here, maybe two people in my life, out of hundreds of people that I've talked to, who liked the movie. All the filmmakers I know that won't talk about it publicly. All the people I know internally, there's all these people that won't, even journalists who gave it positive reviews are like, I do that because I need to maintain my access. Privately, there's a lot of people who really don't like it.

Geeks and Gamers: So you're saying that the ones who gave it good reviews really are phony reviews.

Newman: 100 percent. I can't name them, but yes, 100 percent.
I find it interesting that despite the constant encouragement to "think different" and "question authority" and engage in "critical thinking", the media devotes an incredible amount of resources to convincing those who consume its products to do precisely the opposite. This would appear to be the inversive wizardry that Owen Benjamin describes, albeit on a giant industrial scale.

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Blogger Matt January 01, 2019 8:11 AM  

Last Jedi was a horrible story. But it did least have some good action scenes. The chase scene on the casino planet was good. But, all in all, an atrocious insulting movie.

Blogger JACIII January 01, 2019 8:13 AM  

This "Marketing" exists not to sell you a thing but to make you want to be/ try to become the person who buys a thing. If that ain't wizardry nothing is. Marketing may be the only social "science" that is close to engineering re application. And it's damned scary as evidenced by TDS.

Blogger Arthur Tintagel January 01, 2019 8:18 AM  

Whats really sad is how its become a partisan issue to openly dislike the Star Wars sequels.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii January 01, 2019 8:23 AM  

"Question Authority" was flung at the Silents and Boomers and what it meant and means is "Question Western Christian Civilization and its basic concepts, Not the stuff ((We)) are telling you".

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 01, 2019 8:28 AM  

You can sell anything to the chick herd if you can social proof the authority doing the marketing. Selling to males a bit more elusive, one of the comments at that blog mentioned Cancer Disney's reach via SW to the boy crowd, and they are blowing that.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 01, 2019 8:45 AM  

Arthur Tintagel wrote:Whats really sad is how its become a partisan issue to openly dislike the Star Wars sequels.



It's not just Star Wars, you aren't allowed to dislike anything that supports the Narrative.

Trans-Doctor Who has a 25% view approval rate on RT and 94% positive critical response. If you point out it's garbage you're history's greatest monster.

The Dragon Prince on Netflix, isn't just bad it's incompetent. When I gave it a bad review, quite a few trolls had to show up to call me a racist.

Same deal with their godawful version of Devil-Man. Although truth be told there has never been a version of Devil-Man that wasn't godawful, they just gave me more reasons to hate it than usual.

Probably the biggest SJW swarming I've ever had (which I admit wasn't much of a swarming) was when I pointed all the reasons that The Expanse was hot garbage.

Bottomline: every producer now knows that if you want to guarantee good reviews you support the Narrative. If anyone points out that you've made a bad movie, you whip up the SJW trolls.

The purpose of that isn't to stop someone like me. I'm a nobody. The purpose is to frighten their own troops into line. They all have the worry in their deepest hearts that, they could be next.

The purpose isn't just to make people repeat the lie, it is to make them invest themselves in the lie. To defend the lie and then ultimately believe the lie.

The point isn't make you say, "there are five lights," it is to make you SEE five lights.

Blogger Brad Matthews January 01, 2019 8:48 AM  

Industrial Light and Magic

Blogger Michael January 01, 2019 8:52 AM  

I hated it. I cannot stand 85% of comes out of so-called Hollywood. Once in a great while something is pretty good. But, very very rarely these days.

Blogger Arthur Tintagel January 01, 2019 9:16 AM  

@6 yup, just like how there was that one honest review of Black Panther not praising it as the second coming, and everyone swarmed on the guy who wrote it. The silent majority always speaks louder though, twenty years from now people will still be quoting Empire Strikes Back while forgetting The Last Jedi ever existed.

Blogger Disciple of Kek January 01, 2019 9:20 AM  

The Last Jedi may have actually been the worst movie I ever saw. I didn't totally waste my money though, as I had a nice nap in the theater.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey January 01, 2019 9:22 AM  

I find it interesting that despite the constant encouragement to "think different" and "question authority" and engage in "critical thinking", the media devotes an incredible amount of resources to convincing those who consume its products to do precisely the opposite. This would appear to be the inversive wizardry that Owen Benjamin describes, albeit on a giant industrial scale

Kinda reminiscent of the technique of constantly proclaiming one's status as innocent, blameless, powerless, supremely-oppressed victims... then, when anyone dares to challenge that Supreme Victim status, using your non-existent power to crush them.

The Narrative isn't meant to be true in any objective sense. It doesn't even have to be internally consistent. But it's "true" in the Petersonian sense -- useful for its intended purpose.

Blogger Father Vinnie January 01, 2019 9:24 AM  

If you have not yet read the linked article, please do so. The comments are pure gold; it's unbelievable how many "woke" people are out there these days. One guy even referenced "Ju Ju Binks." Outstanding!

Blogger inthebriarpatch January 01, 2019 9:27 AM  

Stop encouraging them. I've not walked into a movie theater in two or three years.

Blogger inthebriarpatch January 01, 2019 9:29 AM  

No media is immune. After hearing a country song about adopting a black kid from Uganda, the only country I listen to is pre-1990 stuff.

Seriously, from drinking and fighting and hunting and fishing to adopting Ugandans...

And gospel bluegrass. That's immune. For now.

Blogger Bastion Harm January 01, 2019 9:34 AM  

I've only stepped into a theater once in the past three years, and that was to see Bladerunner 2049.

The last movie I saw was Ostrov, (The Island) which is a Russian film about a very pious, yet unusual man, living in an Orthodox monastery in the far northern part of Russia in the late 1970s.

https://www.amazon.com/Ostrov-Island-version-English-subtitles/dp/B000LTTOOS

It's a very spiritual movie, and won 5 Nika awards (the Russian equivalent of the Oscars). Upon watching it, I couldn't help but reflect on (((how and why))) a movie like this wouldn't even see the light of day over here yet wins the equivalent of 5 Oscars in today's Russia.

Blogger Bastion Harm January 01, 2019 9:40 AM  

BTW, somebody mentioned "Black Panther."

It's release was touted as one of the "Top 5 Greatest Moments" of 2018 by USA Today.

They really all are in cahoots in pushing The Narrative, aren't they?

A MOVIE that is, at best, mediocre, is being hailed as one of the top five moments of 2018?!?

If you replaced the cast with white people, the movie would barely have received any acclaim, yet, because it's a movie about dindus living in Wakanda, it's heralded as one of the greatest movies of all time and one of last year's greatest moments?!?

Fortunately, as Greg Johnson rightly points out, an establishment that is this frickin' out of touch can only but collapse in ruins, sooner than later.

Blogger Robin January 01, 2019 9:47 AM  

I for one was deeply offended that Black Panther didn’t feature a single native Wakandan actor. I know the country doesn’t actually exist, but diversity is more important than reality so that’s no excuse.

Blogger Skyler the Weird January 01, 2019 9:50 AM  

Does anyone remember one single quotable bit of Dialogue from TLJ or Black Panther? Or Infinity War for that matter?

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 01, 2019 9:59 AM  

The Last Jedi is so bad that it created a career for MauLer. His 5-hour critique of the writing caused endless butthurt in fans of the movie, so they keep making videos trying to defend it, then he sits there with friends and picks those videos apart as well while the donations roll in. The people who love it for its postmodern ugliness *really* love it, so they can't stop feeding him material.

Blogger Lazarus January 01, 2019 10:16 AM  

I first noted the over-the-top movie hype in all the coverage of Star Wars, in 1977. Articles about the flick were ubiquitous for months before it was actually released.

The degeneracy has exponentially increased since then.

Blogger Johnny January 01, 2019 10:17 AM  

>>I find it interesting that despite the constant encouragement to "think different" and "question authority" and engage in "critical thinking"...

To get the point of it, it is necessary to know the context. It is always the start of a sales pitch intended to soften you up for whatever comes after. Always.

"think different": Consider my opinion.

"question authority": Not my authority, the one you currently believe.

"critical thinking": Agree with me or you are not a critical thinker.

And then there is,

"do you care about": If you don't you are not a caring person.

Blogger Not Important January 01, 2019 10:19 AM  

It was quite obvious that a chunk of the Youtube reviewers praised TLJ because they got a paycheck by The Mouse. Another chunk praised it to "own those heterosexist, racist, white nuuuurds". They probably took a paycheck too, for good measure.

The edifice is rotten to the core and the only question is how far they will go to prop it up.

Blogger SciVo January 01, 2019 10:24 AM  

Since the audience/critic ratings ratio is such a useful tell, it's only a matter of time until audience ratings are censored as hate speech.

I wish I could say that I'm being sarcastic, but feminists embody Poe's Law.

Blogger Jack Morrow January 01, 2019 10:32 AM  

This was also the case in 1988 when The Last Temptation of Christ came out. Whatever one may think of Michael Medved, he was one of the few critics who publicly panned the movie--and deservedly so--while he said he knew critics who hated the movie but gave it positive reviews because they didn't want to be seen as siding with Christians.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 01, 2019 10:33 AM  

Actually remembering a quote from Black Pander, I mean Panther:

M'baku the Man-Ape: "Actually, we are vegetarians."
(And, checking, I got it a little wrong but it's telling how a minor character got the best line and scene.)

Blogger Max Boivin January 01, 2019 10:37 AM  

Wow! Journalist lying! That's going to be a huge scandal. It's completely contrary to their code of ethics.

Blogger Jack Morrow January 01, 2019 10:39 AM  

And while Hollywood is constantly congratulating itself for its "courage," I've been waiting 30 years for the announcement that The Satanic Verses is about to reach the big screen.

Blogger Azimus January 01, 2019 10:40 AM  

My wife and I recently watched the 2017 adaptation of "Murder of the Orient Express". It was dumbed down of course, and peppered w/the requisite "2018 wearing a 1928 costume", and truly it wasn't that great (it featured Daisy Ridley afterall), but what struck my wife and I was that almost every single role had an A-lister star in it, from Kenneth Branagh who starred, directed, and I believe produced, to Judi Dench to Penelope Cruz. It was saturated with acting talent, but whats more inveterate acting talent - and we perceived this to be a sort of de facto vote for Hollywood to go back to the days before $200 million budgets, spaceship wars and alien/zombie war movies. The movie itself was an act of self contempt by "Hollywood's Gen-X," who remembered when movies didn't universally suck and more importantly weren't all the same.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 01, 2019 10:47 AM  

After hearing a country song about adopting a black kid from Uganda, the only country I listen to is pre-1990 stuff.

The other day I happened to hear one about picking a drunk woman up at a bar, taking her home, and not having sex with her. I think the message was supposed to be that you should be white knighting.

Blogger terrapin January 01, 2019 10:54 AM  

I don't normally watch movies. Your article and comments encourage me to continue not watching.

Blogger Johnny January 01, 2019 10:56 AM  

>>It was quite obvious that a chunk of the Youtube reviewers praised TLJ because they got a paycheck...

Yea, one way or another it is about money. But true, direct money payments would be unwise. Rather the threat is to their position in the industry, thus their employment. With the kind of industry power Disney has they can be covert. Far and away the best if it can be done. No paper trail, no solid proof ever.

Here I thought I was the only one who quit liking movies. I do get off on the sound and light show that Marvel, Disney, and others offer up. But it is like fireworks on the 4th of July. Once a year is enough. And eventually not even that.

Blogger Stickwick Stapers January 01, 2019 10:58 AM  

Who are you gonna trust, me or your lyin' eyes?

For a while, it must've been an awkward balance between maintaining some shred of credibility as a critic and not losing access, but the latter has obviously won out.

I could not possibly care less what professional critics say about any form of entertainment anymore. It was obvious when even my beloved Roger Ebert praised Revenge of the Sith that none of them is beyond corruption.

When checkin' out Rotten Tomatoes, the only score that tells you whether a movie is watchable is the aggregate audience score. Sometimes the disparity between audience and critics is so great that, as someone else mentioned, it's only a matter of time before that's censored. But for now, the combo of critic and audience scores can be a useful heuristic:

Low critic score / low audience score: the movie is a turkey

High critic score / low audience score: the movie is leftist propaganda

Low critic score / high audience score: the movie is good, but politically incorrect OR the movie is 'meh' but so politically incorrect that it outweighs any badness

High critic score / high audience score: the movie really good; it's either so good that critics can't pan it without losing credibility or it doesn't push any obvious buttons

The irrelevance of modern critics is most obvious with Dinesh D'Souza's Death of a Nation: 0% critic score vs 89% audience score. There was a time when critics were sufficiently professional and independent that they could praise a movie on its technical and narrative merits without agreeing with its sentiments, which is why even Jewish critics 30 years ago could praise Triumph of the Will as excellent filmmaking while deploring its message. These days, it's like an inversion of Marshall McLuhan's observation: the message is the medium.

Blogger Johnny January 01, 2019 11:05 AM  

My wife and I recently watched the 2017 adaptation of "Murder of the Orient Express".

I liked the earlier version of the Orient Express despite the fact that the detective's fake French accent got really old. Somehow it was close and personal in a way that made it easily to tolerate. I couldn't go along with the latest version. Thus a disappointment.

I read the book, Bondfire of the Vanities, had great expectations for the movie; and that led to a great disappointment.

Blogger van helsing January 01, 2019 11:06 AM  

zeke and fpy have it figured out, that is the kind of language i use explaining things to people.

Blogger Johnny January 01, 2019 11:09 AM  

>>When checkin' out Rotten Tomatoes, the only score that tells you whether a movie is watchable is the aggregate audience score...

I want the score for both the critics and the audience; but what I would most want would be for Rotten Tomatoes to shift to featuring the audience score once the movie has been out for a couple of days. If that is not much I don't need to see what the critics are thinking.

Blogger FUBARwest January 01, 2019 11:16 AM  

TLJ killed Star Wars for me, I refused to see it and refuse to see any other SW movie released by Disney. I've always believed the only reason anyone could like that movie was for NPC reasons. It's a terrible story with terrible characters, just like the Force Awakens. TfA got away with it because they didnt murder preexisting characters or lore, or completely eliminate any semblance of tension or coherence in previous movies. People can complain about the prequels all they want, nothing is done in those that retroactively tarnishes the OT like TLJ does.

And just think, the Captain Marvel movie is the beginning of this process for that studio too.

Blogger Jill January 01, 2019 11:19 AM  

In an act of desperation, I put on the newish A Wrinkle In Time film for sick kids and found it had a decidedly meta moment when a diverse cast of characters all bounced their balls and spoke the same words at the same time. This was supposed to be the effect of the insidious evil cloaking the planet, and yet it was exactly what the film was. They made a weird story bland, stripped of Christian referances, and covered it up with a diverse cast. The media told us it would be great because it had a female director and Oprah. However, the film told us in its own self-revelatory moment how insidious the aims were.

Blogger Timmy3 January 01, 2019 11:21 AM  

I watch G&G on YouTube a lot. He does great work. So far not banned yet despite mentioning Right issues on passing like the transgender man who trashed a GameStop when he was addressed as Sir.

The Last Jedi was insufferable movie. They turned Luke into a wasted man. How is any supposed to like such a thing. Rian Johnson correctly described it as subversive. He subverted a perfectly fine series of our childhoods.

Blogger Steve Canyon January 01, 2019 11:44 AM  

When the country music audience went from grizzled ranchers and oilfield workers in beat up pickups to sorority girls in hot pants jeans and cowboy boots is when the music went from being about drinkin' fightin' and riding horses to adopting ugandans and finding tractors sexy.

WRE

Blogger tz January 01, 2019 11:46 AM  

With the SJWs it is always about the Narrative. Like the doctor that tells you not to eat sweets but has a tray of candy in his office.

Although this is for public consumption, you see the same thing with the Coraline Converged Cancer Companies that are now mutual admiration societies, e.g. CNN giving the award to the fraud from Germany who slandered Fergus Falls. Or Apple and Google trying to out-praise each other over virtue signalling.

I replayed SJWsADD this weekend. Anxiously awaiting Corporate Cancer, but I noticed one thing I don't yet have a long form reference to - Moderate Mayhem. Cuckservative handles it for politics and the church, so you can extrapolate, but those who compromise, back-stab (because they want to fight a meanie!), or just act as a wormtongue are a worse threat. The Pharisees were evil, Judas Iscariot was worse.

I see Jordan Peterson (((and Ben Shapiro))) as filling that role - the statesman moderate - as well. "We couldn't have Faith Goldy because [bafflegarb]". ((("Israel doesn't practice apartheid! really it doesn't"))). Don't be one of those awful, deplorables that goes to the alt-light - see how really terrible the Proud Boys are! We can all get along if both sides can just give a little!

Blogger Rough Carrigan January 01, 2019 11:54 AM  

For some time now, more than a decade, it's been necessary to apply a filter to movie reviews to try to remove the politically correct bias. The unintentionally comic euphoria about the black panther movie was just one prominent example.

On the other side of it, you get nothing but negative reviews for something like the Bruce Willis remake of Death Wish. It wasn't a great movie but it was perfectly adequate yet all the reviewers hated it.

Blogger Unknown January 01, 2019 12:07 PM  

Like when media tells you Aristocrat descendents like Koch brothers are successful and self made. Journalists always unaware their peasant base would be intrigued if only informed of lineages

Blogger James Dixon January 01, 2019 12:22 PM  

> Once in a great while something is pretty good.

And by supporting it, you wind up supporting the other 85% too. I know it's difficult and I give in to temptation on occasion too, but don't do that.

> ...it's only a matter of time until audience ratings are censored as hate speech.

I thought that was already being done at some sites.

> The other day I happened to hear one about picking a drunk woman up at a bar, taking her home, and not having sex with her.

Lucille? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GVr1l7Xbko






Blogger bourque801 January 01, 2019 1:24 PM  

I remember taking the bus to go and see TLJ with my brother, During the trip I was In a wave of nostalgia because I was hoping that the good feelings that I had when our family saw the Return of the Jedi movie in 1983....When I was watching the film and when the film finished I was thinking about Katsuhiro Otomo's "Steamboy" that came out after His legendary "Akira", Akira has the screenplay to support the amazing and groundbreaking at the time Animated film....Steamboy had Just as great Animation work In my Opinion, what It didn't have was the screenplay, It was a badly written tale of fathers and sons In 1800's England....To me, "The Last Jedi" was destroyed by the awful screenplay that Rian Johnson put together....I think that the acting, visuals etc were as good as It could be, But the screenplay Just killed the movie dead....I close by recommending Stephanie Janiczek's wonderful YouTube channel, She talks about the sad state of Lucasfilm today among other "Last Jedi" related things, Thank You.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 01, 2019 1:28 PM  

#43

No, this was something recent. Something about taking a drunk woman home, putting her in bed, leaving the keys on the nightstand, and locking the door behind you, and leaving a note with your name and phone number. Supposed to mean you're a man. In real life, you get accused of sexual assault. One of the stupidest things I have ever heard.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 01, 2019 1:31 PM  

I found the music video. Its worse than I remembered.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=country+music+take+a+drunk+girl+home+song&view=detail&mid=29C08D6468278042909D29C08D6468278042909D&FORM=VIRE

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 1:45 PM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 1:47 PM  

@13

"Stop encouraging them. I've not walked into a movie theater in two or three years."

I quit when it became apparent that the only things they're interested in is

1) Comic Book movies, because they can't handle actual literature any more,
2) Revisionist history (they key to getting to the moon is black female computer programmers -- and so NASA hired the entire population of such, and they were, to a woman, the best programmers in teh world...evar!)
3) Remakes, reboots and "re-imagining" of well-established titles, (of which none of the prior works had clumsy or dated special effects detracting from an otherwise good presentation)....all with 10^6 x MORE SJW than the originals.

And this has only been reinforced by
4) the recently turned-up evidence (pizzagate, Qanon) that Hollywood has been literally a town and industry run by and for, and populated by sexually perverted predators since day one has nearly destroyed every last shred of my desire to even watch old, pre-SJW works. Even ones which I enjoyed immensely. Even things that I have on DVD, and in which viewing those works again won't send a single cent to the Hollyperverts.

I used to wonder why so many old Baptist churches have, as part of their bylaws, that anyone wanting to become a recognized member of the church (as opposed to merely showing up as often as they want to) must, among other things, agree to not go to the theater or movie houses.

Now I understand, as should everyone paying attention.

Fully.

And now, we probably understand it to an extent even the people who started that rule didn't understand. I'm sure they understood the acting profession is little more than a bunch of libertines and outright whores. What they didn't realize 100 years ago is the pedophilia (unless that's recent... but the complete LACK of outrage in Hollywood over Roman Polanski raping the 13 year old girl in the pool in 1972, means that such a thing was already accepted among themselves.... the only outrage in Hollywood was that Polanski was ever charged in the first place.)

So, until the purge comes, I'm DONE with anything out of Hollywood....and the British productions, too (although they at least can take a story and present it as the author originally intended, rather than having to put their own grubby fingerprints... er, I mean, "personal twist" into every story... like the idiotic "face to face meeting" at the end of Enemy at the Gates. The true ending was actually much better than that contrived idiocy. And the Brits still aren't making the intelligence-insulting Marvel/DC Comic Book Movies.

Blogger Johnny January 01, 2019 2:04 PM  

Almost all the money made by the studio is made in the first few months following the release. If you want to see the film or films, wait until they turn up as DVD rentals. The money that the producers of the thing get is trivial compared to what they get if you go to the theater. Hey, don't be a fanatic, rent the DVD. And if it fits your circumstance, encourage others to watch, thus discouraging them from giving the studio the big bucks they get when watching a new release.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 2:12 PM  

@13

"No media is immune. After hearing a country song about adopting a black kid from Uganda, the only country I listen to is pre-1990 stuff."

Country Music has already been destroyed by 1980.

The fact that THIS insipid performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_rnlBezQg) made it all the way up to the #1 slot on the Billboard charts for Country Music Singles (which is a combination of radio airplay, record sales, and jukebox plays) tells you everything you need to know about the Country Music ecosystem (what musicians were recording, and what program directors and listeners thought to be good vs not-good ) is all you need to realize that by 1983, it wasn't just dead, it was a putrid, stinking corpse.

And this was BEFORE the introduction of "Young Country", which is nothing more than Taylor Swift-style "Pop lyrics and music sung using a nasal, Appalachian twang."

Without serious reforms, Country Music will never produce anything on par with "Ghostriders in the Sky"... or even "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

This would also coincide with when the media really started laying into rural people as being abjectly stupid and helpless. You can't get a Billlboard #1 position just on a song being heavily pushed over the radio by program directors and DJ's -- it REQUIRES that the fans also be picking it for jukebox play AND going into record stores and laying down cold cash (nobody used credit cards for amounts under $5 or $10 in those days... which would be roughly $15 minimum these days. People might have bought an album on a credit card, but no a single.)

Swingin' even staying in the top 40 for Country for over a week or two, let alone making it all the way to #1 tells you all you need to know about what happened to country music that was actually worth listening to -- the record companies, the radio stations, and the fans just all stopped giving a shit, and started gobbling up whatever shit was presented to them.

It's no wonder the rest of the entertainment industry started looking at, and treating rural america like a bunch of retards.

Not saying they are, or were... but putting up with the likes of "Swingin'" and other insipid crap rarely inspires awe from outsiders.

Blogger Pseudotsuga January 01, 2019 2:30 PM  

But...but...my ueber-liberal, super-woke, progressive-Christian relative (whom I will call "Grace") informs me that it really WAS a great movie! Grace even linked to an article which supported her viewpoint!
Am I supposed to believe my own lying eyes instead of a narrative favored by those whom I know are my enemies?

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 2:33 PM  

Oh god... according to https://www.countrythangdaily.comswinging-john-anderson/

[Gee, there's the self-consciously forced "twang" again...right in the name of the website]:


The co-writer of the song, Lionel Delmore, had the basic idea, just a line or two. He and Anderson worked on the song for a very long time, from 1977 to 1982.

.....

"They improved the song even further, Anderson and Jones enlisted Mike Jordan from Johns's road band to play and punched up the track with an additional three-man horn section.

"Swingin'" was released on the "Wild and Blue" album which debuted on Billboard's country album chart on October 30, 1982.


FIVE FREAKING YEARS.... to produce a melody, vocal style, and lyrics, which, when combined, sound like the rural equivalent of a retarded 3rd-grader singing "The Song That Never Ends"

I'm acutely aware of this, because my father had been promoted into the the vehicle (primarily long-haul diesel tractors) maintenance garage at the Cadillac plant where he worked... and was soon insisting that we listen to the local country channel on the way to and from church...

The first time I heard that song, my thought was ... this is a new low (and mind you, I had stopped listening to rock/pop stations after around 1973 due to the quality also taking a nosedive compared to what was on the radio only 5 years earlier when I was a toddler)... so it wasn't that this was "different"

I swear, the song would sound better if the lyrics were
My sister is my uncle / My brother is my wife... (*)

And I first had that thought before it even hit #1.

(*) Because then, the melody, sounding so monotonous as if it were the product of a retarded mind would actually work, and be entertaining. Instead, the actual product just comes off as a complete failure in creativity. There's a fine line between structured and monotonous.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants January 01, 2019 2:40 PM  

19 yrs for the movies, 16 for all television. If I feel I have to see something ppl are talking about, (which is rare), I'll find a torrent. I occasionally watch Tucker clips on YT. All the news I need can be found there or on soc media.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 2:41 PM  

@16

"BTW, somebody mentioned "Black Panther."

It's release was touted as one of the "Top 5 Greatest Moments" of 2018 by USA Today.

They really all are in cahoots in pushing The Narrative, aren't they? "

Hey, you know... inner city schools announced, even BEFORE the relaese date, that they would be cancelling school on such and such a date (varying from district to district) so that every last on of their high achieving students (reading 3 years below grade level!) could have the whole day to go see the movie.

This wasn't "class field trip to go see Oliver Twist" or somesuch. That would be way too organized and responsible.

CLASSES CANCELLED! The Entire Day!

There's a difference between selling a dream, and selling a lie. Those school districts definitely crossed from the first to the second (hardly the first time, I'm sure... but still.)

Blogger Pseudotsuga January 01, 2019 2:43 PM  

Ron Winkleheimer wrote:I found the music video. Its worse than I remembered.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=country+music+take+a+drunk+girl+home+song&view=detail&mid=29C08D6468278042909D29C08D6468278042909D&FORM=VIRE


The video even has a trigger warning before it... Why would this be the case if the protagonist is doing the right thing?

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants January 01, 2019 2:45 PM  

I just want to find whoever it was on 4chan who named the GameStop dude, "Macho Ma'am, Tranny Savage."
I've laughed at that at least 2 dozen times.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 2:51 PM  

@20

"I first noted the over-the-top movie hype in all the coverage of Star Wars, in 1977. Articles about the flick were ubiquitous for months before it was actually released."

I remember that.
Before the movie was even released, there were already ads for "Star Wars Action Figures."

By the time the movie was finally released, after 4 months of ads, I was sick of ALL of it, and really didn't even want to see it. One Saturday, my dad said, "Hey, let's go to the movies," and that's what we saw. It was much better than I expected, but the constant in-your-face promotion of that movie had definitely pushed me to the point that, if it had been my decision (if say, I was 10 years older), I would have just skipped it.

I suppose that if the ads had even indicated WHAT the movie was about or anything, I might have had more interest. But the ads were all like, "you've just got to go lay down your cash and see this movie .. BECAUSE WE SAY SO!!! No, we're NOT going to give you even a still or a single frame to see. NOW JUST GO TO THE THEATER LIKE WE'RE TELLING YOU, KID!"

Blogger Pseudotsuga January 01, 2019 3:24 PM  

Dirk Manly wrote:@20

"I first noted the over-the-top movie hype in all the coverage of Star Wars, in 1977. Articles about the flick were ubiquitous for months before it was actually released."
I remember that.
Before the movie was even released, there were already ads for "Star Wars Action Figures."... I suppose that if the ads had even indicated WHAT the movie was about or anything, I might have had more interest."


I remember seeing a production still featuring Storm Troopers from Star Wars published in one of those popular kid's magazines from the Scholastic Book Club (Remember Dynamite?), sometime in what must have been 1976. I don't remember any other media hype -- perhaps it hadn't really reached the small town where we lived.
But it seems that there are two conflicting narratives here:
(1) The Maverick Lucas, fighting alone to achieve his vision in spite of his actors and the studios, nobody knowing (not even him) that it was going to be a blockbuster, and
(2) Pre-release hype indicating that people expected it to be a hit, including the action figures.
Which one is more accurate? Was it a surprise hit, or something else? Even Lucas feared it was going to be a dog on its release day.
I suspect that there is a lot of legendary (or perhaps even mythical) material that has grown up around the film, meant to justify different narratives about it.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 3:25 PM  

@39

"When the country music audience went from grizzled ranchers and oilfield workers in beat up pickups to sorority girls in hot pants jeans and cowboy boots is when the music went from being about drinkin' fightin' and riding horses to adopting ugandans and finding tractors sexy."

Before the POZ, there was first the removal of all quality. Happened around 1980.

Blogger Doug Cranmer January 01, 2019 3:26 PM  

I was just a kid but I remember the hype in Starlog Magazine and thinking something was off.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey January 01, 2019 3:28 PM  

Dirk Manly wrote:I'm sure they understood the acting profession is little more than a bunch of libertines and outright whores. What they didn't realize 100 years ago is the pedophilia (unless that's recent

If you haven't checked out Breitbart's expose on where we are in Hollywood AND how we got here, it's worth a read in all three parts:

The Tinseltown Travelogue

Blogger Haxo Angmark January 01, 2019 3:32 PM  

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Blogger eclecticme January 01, 2019 3:46 PM  

I caught onto the fake reviews long ago. The critics always tout this month's best movie of the century. I used to love watching or renting movies. Now the writing really sucks. The only good writing now is on TV. Amazon Prime has The Americans and The Good Wife which I liked. Many others. The last movie I saw in theater was Norman years ago. Not for everyone but I like Richard Gere.

Blogger stevo January 01, 2019 4:00 PM  

I saw the new Mary Poppins. After the 1st 10 minutes I realized I would have rather been anywhere else. Had to stick it out for the fam but it's safe to say I was not entertained.

Blogger stevo January 01, 2019 4:08 PM  

Imagine how easy it must have been to control the narrative in 1977

Blogger Joseph Maroney January 01, 2019 4:11 PM  

"The Dragon Prince on Netflix, isn't just bad it's incompetent. When I gave it a bad review, quite a few trolls had to show up to call me a racist."

Paid shills. They don't even need to be people anymore. Software is more than up to the task of regurgitating the talking points.

Blogger eclecticme January 01, 2019 4:18 PM  

@53. Zeroh Tollrants January 01, 2019 2:40 PM
19 yrs for the movies, 16 for all television. If I feel I have to see something ppl are talking about, (which is rare), I'll find a torrent. I occasionally watch Tucker clips on YT. All the news I need can be found there or on soc media.


I stopped watching TV 'news' in HS decades ago because there was no real news and it was so selective. Better to read. The Duran is a recent find on YT. Wiseguy was the last good TV show for me until recent years. Some good writing on TV e.g. The Americans.

I find good movies on DVD almost by accident.

Blogger Good Will January 01, 2019 4:21 PM  

I've driven through the real Waconda. (It's in Kansas.) No "diversity" there. Not surprisingly, it's what you would expect.


http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2108667,00.html

Blogger Unknown January 01, 2019 4:23 PM  

@63- Norman was interesting for not shying away from playing up Jewishness in the amoral world of high finance. Often they'll cast a guy like Leonardo DiCaprio to play them. Or in a previous Richard Gere film--Arbitrage--giving the characters ambiguous backgrounds.

For whatever reason Gere has played frauds often, include the U believe also Jewish Clifford Irving, the man who perpetrated the Howard Hughes biography hoax.

Blogger bob kuk mando ( me so tarded ) January 01, 2019 4:24 PM  

32. Stickwick Stapers January 01, 2019 10:58 AM
It was obvious when even my beloved Roger Ebert


oh Stickwick, you poor deluded girl. Ebert has *always* been one of the Satanists pushing society down the Slope.

http://infogalactic.com/info/Beyond_the_Valley_of_the_Dolls#Plot

http://infogalactic.com/info/Beneath_the_Valley_of_the_Ultra-Vixens



33. Johnny January 01, 2019 11:05 AM
I read the book, Bondfire of the Vanities



i would watch this movie.


36. FUBARwest January 01, 2019 11:16 AM
TfA got away with it because they didnt murder preexisting characters


except for Han.

Blogger eclecticme January 01, 2019 4:31 PM  

@65. stevo January 01, 2019 4:08 PM
Imagine how easy it must have been to control the narrative in 1977


I like to think Siskell and Ebert were not controlled. There were more independent newspapers etc. back then. Now with the acquisitions and a few corporations controlling entertainment that is gone. Only the internet allows independent reviews.

Blogger Drew January 01, 2019 4:52 PM  

Same thing in the gaming industry. Developers pander to SJW reviewers because their salaries depend on the game's Metacritic score. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZWSoV6zE0M&t=1s

Blogger Sheila4g January 01, 2019 4:54 PM  

Literally cannot recall the last time I went to a theater - somewhere between 10-15 years, I think. Last movie I saw: After Christmas day dinner this year, and taking a few family photos, older son insisted we all watch "Joyeux Noel." Critics apparently panned it as overly sentimental; I found its message of "No More Brother Wars" rather powerful.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 5:36 PM  

Remember ... these people have NO qualms with stealing IP -- that was why they left New York and went to Los Angeles in the first place -- to escape easy enforcement of copyright laws.

Repay the favor -- if you simply can't do without Hollywoods stream of shit, then copy it from a disk from the library or something. Whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE THEM A CENT. Because if the tables were turned, that's how they would treat you.

Blogger eclecticme January 01, 2019 5:47 PM  

@70. Unknown January 01, 2019 4:23 PM
@63- Norman was interesting for not shying away from playing up Jewishness in the amoral world of high finance. Often they'll cast a guy like Leonardo DiCaprio to play them. Or in a previous Richard Gere film--Arbitrage--giving the characters ambiguous backgrounds.


Many people missed a very good high finance movie, Margin Call. Great cast. Amoral. Like you are a fly on the wall. The Big Short and Inside Job were good but well known.

Blogger James Dixon January 01, 2019 6:04 PM  

> Its worse than I remembered.

I'll take your word for it. :) My local country station is this one: http://www.wpdxcountry.com/

> The fact that THIS insipid performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_rnlBezQg)

The worst thing is John Anderson is capable of good music, like "Seminole Wind". Yeah, "Swingin'" was pure pop. Even the title song to that album, "Wild and Blue" is far better than "Swingin'".

> ...or even "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

Charlie Daniels is Southern Rock, not really Country. It's a common mistake.

> Remember ... these people have NO qualms with stealing IP...

You mean like Disney ripping of Kimba for "The Lion King"? Say it ain't so.

> Repay the favor -- if you simply can't do without Hollywoods stream of shit, then copy it from a disk from the library or something.

I'll take or something for $200, Alex.

Blogger Rhys January 01, 2019 6:25 PM  

Plebians like us simply can't be trusted to find content we like on your own. We need certified experts who've come to a consensus on what can and cannot be enjoyed and in what capacity. That way none of us have to worry about accidentally liking "bad", "uninspired", or "outdated" content.

It's the Taste Industry, the most important industry of all. They've told me themselves that, without critics, artists, musicians and directors would just become full of themselves and no good content would ever be created. So next you watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite song, be sure to thank Roger Ebert and Rolling Stone magazine because it never would have existed without their extremely valueable criticism.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 01, 2019 8:26 PM  

Youth culture killed my dog
And I don't think it's fair (I don't think it's fair)
And his suicide can be justified
By the tastemakers, how they cried and cried and so

Blogger Solon January 02, 2019 12:03 AM  

That song has a... Complicated message.

On the one hand, white knighting is despicable, and I would question the motives of any man who picks up a drunk girl at a bar. Even if your intentions are pure, no one else will believe it: why would a man pick up a random drunk chick if NOT to have sex with her?

On the other hand, should we NOT be doing what we can to protect our women-folk from exploitation? The logic being: "if I don't take her home, tuck her in, and leave her keys by the door, some other guy WILL take her home and rape her, or she'll do something stupid like try to drive home drunk, or end up wandering the streets drunk and get raped by a homeless man, etc. etc."

Many would argue that she deserves it for going out and getting drunk alone, I mean that's just Darwin Awards-level stupid, but does anyone ever take a step back and consider WHY it's so stupid? Hint: pre-Hart-Cellar Act, it would have been scandalous, but odds were a lot better that she'd be totally fine.

We had high-trust communities back then, hell, a lot of people didn't lock their doors and let their kids play in the street unsupervised. No one would have been worried for her physical safety, and taking her home unharmed would have been considered a manly duty to your community. Now, due to (((propaganda))), any man who did this would be viewed with great suspicion.

It's culture rot all the way down. And men today, more and more frequently, know (((who))) is responsible.

The fire is rising.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 02, 2019 10:03 AM  

I would question the motives of any man who picks up a drunk girl at a bar. Even if your intentions are pure, no one else will believe it: why would a man pick up a random drunk chick if NOT to have sex with her?

In the olden times respectable women going out without a man would do so in groups so that they could look out for each other. If one of them got drunk and a guy hit up on her the friends would keep her from doing something stupid, like going home with an unknown man. But that was also when respectable women didn't casually "hook-up" with total strangers.

Blogger Bultz January 02, 2019 2:31 PM  

@3 that would be the disney machine protecting their investment

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