random: condemned to repeat it
Anyone else sick of all the remakes, covers, re-imaginings, etc.? To go off on a slightly* geeky tangent, in the X-Men and Alpha Flight comic from 1986, the trickster god was offering mankind the opportunity to become like gods. One of the prices was that they would lose the ability to create anything new. I can’t help but find similarities to today’s culture. People in the entertainment industry are wildly successful, but that success is built upon essentially copying your neighbor’s answers or buying an old term paper.
Two things triggered this the other day: I was listening to one of my favorite online radio stations and I heard the Freemasons’ mix of “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette. The original song was 1: perfectly fine and 2: isn’t the sort of thing you listen to and think, “You know what would improve this song? More cowb– BPM!” The same day I read about ABC’s plans to bring back “Cupid”:
ABC had been kicking around ideas with Rob Thomas, the original series creator who had gone on to other projects like “Veronica Mars.” The network executives said they were thinking about something like “Cupid,” when the light bulb went on over their heads: Why not just do “Cupid” again?
If that’s what a network executive considers a “light bulb idea,” it goes a long way towards explaining a lot of television today. Anyhoo, I’ll be over here sitting in my rocking chair ranting away at how “you crazy kids” don’t know anything about how good it was back in the day. I just miss the days when the entertainment industry created new stuff instead of just digging up old content and defiling its corpse. Ok, crazy old man rant over now.
* Shut up.