Lost: Without It

Could this be another TV screed? Possibly … mark me down as one of the few, the proud, who has never watched “Lost” … which, if you are one who HAS watched it, you will know has aired its final episode. Let me pass the commentarial baton to Mary McNamara of the LA Times, who writes this:

Well, it could have been worse. It could have all been a dream.

Actually, that might have been better, if the finale of “Lost” had ended with some alien life form or surprising human … opening his eyes from the craziest dream ever.

Instead, it turns out the passengers of Oceanic 815 are all dead, victims, if the end-credit imagery is to believed, of the same tragic plane accident that started the whole thing. Six seasons of polar bears, bachelor pad hatches, landlocked ships, personal submarines and a fleet of fallen airplanes, and it was all apparently some sort of shared afterlife experience. Excuse me, but what are we supposed to do with those religious statues full of heroin, with Fionnula Flanagan’s pendulums, with the crazy Frenchwoman and the time shifts and the whole glorious Richard Alpert back story? And what on Earth are we supposed to do with the Dharma Initiative?

Release them into the universe, apparently, along with the image of Allison Janney in bad biblical hair. Because as Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) kept telling Jack and anyone who would listen, really, none of it matters, except that it’s over, and even if Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided, and possibly at the last minute, that their uber-narrative would be an over-the-top marriage of “Incident at Owl Creek Bridge” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at least it’s over, and that’s something.

I couldn’t have said it better myself — especially inasmuch as I didn’t have to endure it in real time as the plot-ishness unfolded … but I did endure the endless rehashing over the plot by co-workers, and that’s not going to be missed either.

Keep your eye on these

Here you go: a couple of sites to keep your eyes on, while I sleep: Recent Seismic Activity and a detailed list of the last 30 days. Because, I mean … Indonesia now?

My Friend Wants Me to Watch This TV Show…

Fair warning:  this is just me unloading about the ultimate dumbness of TV … click away now if you’ve had enough over the years of my thoughts on the subject…. they haven’t changed. My friend wanted me to watch this TV show because her nephew worked on it:

Program Title:

Undercover Boss

Genre:

Reality

Description:

CEOs of various large companies slip into the ranks of their lower-level employees; as they work alongside their subordinates, they see first-hand the effects of the policies they have made and where potential internal problems and opportunities lie.

I know I don’t spend nearly enough time in the MSM to be in step with my fellow man, but I can’t figure out why a person who works would want to spend any of their time off watching a show about work … a show that’s not even a comedy, like The Office … what am I missing?  Do bosses get extra credit for learning that they are supposed to know all the impacts of the policies they enact?  Or do the workers get to hoot about what mindless drones their managers are — and they need to be sitting in front of a TV to do that, why exactly? 

And then there’s my very mixed emotions about “reality TV” … where celebrity-seeking nobodies are to paid professional actors what unpaid interns are to experienced employees in the workplace — kinda the same thing my friend’s husband was saying about the CGI creations in Avatar … soon they won’t need real actors in the movies, except for the voices. 

Oh, and what does this mean, in terms of the word “reality”:

 a “supervising story producer,” which means that [he]wrote and shaped the material in the editing room. Just like in documentary, reality TV docu shows are written and crafted during Post-Production. Crafting the character arcs, storylines, and the underlying narrative themes…

Not that I’m dissing the nephew or his craft, don’t get me wrong … but what I get from that is heaping helpings of editing in the service of concocting a feel-good storyline.  How quickly did everyone agree to be OK with the fact that there’s no reality in reality TV?  Second episode of the first Survivor?   And once everyone conceded that it wasn’t real, what was the continuing allure?

I’ve just never been able to work up any enthusiasm for the cultural phenomenon of “we call this ‘reality’ even though we know it’s all essentially faked up for the show” … I know it’s connected to the hunger for celebrity in this culture, celebrity having become the thing we manufacture instead of clever and useful new inventions that make life better for the teeming millions….  This whole situation is definitely one of the trends that has made TV the thing I never do anymore ….

Today in The Dish: Calling or Career?

A quote from my old friend Michael Lewis:

A job will never satisfy you all by itself, but it will afford you security and the chance to pursue an exciting and fulfilling life outside of your work. A calling is an activity you find so compelling that you wind up organizing your entire self around it — often to the detriment of your life outside of it.

 
 

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Testing blogability

Continuing to explore the tools provided and the options available for blogging out of the notebook and OneNote. Breaker, breaker …

Considering regs

If you only read one columnist today, let it be Frank Rich on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which leads into a commentary on the need for regulation of Wall Street in the wake of revelations about the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Then tell me why you don’t support effective regulation of this industry.

Oh, I realize that if you are a politician who floats thru life on a raft of special interest donations, you certainly don’t want to see money-draining limitations imposed on these big spenders … or you may just be one of those folks who wants to keep financial industry shenanigans legal, against the day when you, too, might be able to participate and rake in the winnings … the fact that such a fairytale ending is about as likely as you winning at PowerBall is not going to persuade you that the option, however remote, should be totally foreclosed to you.

But if you are anybody else, anybody at all but particularly someone whose future options are shrinking minute by minute in the stalled economy bequeathed to us by the reckless public disregard of players in the high-stakes financial industry, then you want to follow this debate and demand accountability … demand an end to the years of privatizing profit and socializing risk. Maybe reading Rich’s column, Larsson’s book or the new book by Michael Lewis, "The Big Short" will get you just fired-up enough for the work that needs to be done.

Health Care Pass

I couldn’t make myself watch it, but that’s just my reaction to TV generally … if I knew there was no news report expected the next morning, I couldn’t get off so easy … it’s like when I discovered that the answers to the riddles in my Children’s Digest were at the back of the book … The Oscars get the same treatment — I’m an equal-opportunity kinda person that way.

So, he did what the Clintons couldn’t do … and considering how the conservative response to their effort poisoned the water for a generation, it’s quite an achievement. I understand it when people (even good people like B) say they are "morally for it" even though they fear it will bankrupt the country … but that just leaves me with the thought that maybe the answer is to bring back public shaming: Shaming business when it tries to make money producing goods that create ill health that everyone then has to pay the health costs for (what about special taxes for that kind of business, just like fines on polluters?) … and shaming people into healthier behavior (the anti-smoking movement of the last several decades counts as one approach … and smoking has gone down.) The other important thing is what a win of this magnitude does for the momentum of this presidency….

The Change-up?

Is this the change in weather that we’ve been waiting for? I’m not sure I can take another teaser ….

Music for the Ides of March

Cross-blogging here just a bit, as this news also appears on FLYblog: The new show on the BeatConscious stream on mmRadio kicks off with the return of Gil Scott-Heron … look for a show titled The Devil I Know if you find yourself visiting the BeatConscious channel of mmRadio in search of downtempo music for these times.

And, about that double-blogging thing: Just prepping for a time I might be visiting some spot that isn’t Google-friendly and won’t let me access Blogger.

So Soon?

Chalk up my amazement at finding out this weekend is the Daylight Savings Time ‘spring forward’ moment to the fact that it’s still so cold (by FLA standards) … I’ve always connected that time change to balmy breezes and signs of summer. Not this year. Oh, and hello from MmeFLY upon the occasion of my first post to this blogspace.

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