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Celebrities, entertainment, and their relationship with death have always given a strange insight into the morals of our societies. At the heart of this are the changing forms of punishment and forgiveness.

There used to be a time when actors (actually replacements for the actors) were literally killed on stage in performances. The Romans, the Greeks, and I would say many antiquated cultures had a fixation on blood and death. It was something confronted and seen everyday. Entertainers and death were mixed together; this was the norm. When I say death here, I don’t mean special effects, but literally a human being slaughtered before a crowd.

Now, these weren’t straight-up executions (although these happened as well), but rather they were forms of entertainment that allowed punishment and forgiveness. Gladiator battles were the quintessential representation of this culture. Convicts and slaves battled each other and animals to the death to win freedom and glory. There was a sense of redemption for criminals. If the person wasn’t strong enough they were destined to die. But there was also a sense of forgiveness. If you could battle your way out of something and provide a bit of ‘entertainment’, then maybe, just maybe, you could win your freedom and even fame.

This tradition carried on through western culture. But the sense of forgiveness and winning freedom became separate.  Entertainers moved to entertain in other ways and the actual confrontation with blood and death on a public stage moved elsewhere.

We needed some way to get a fix of real death and violence, and to fill the hole we turned to public executions and crazy torture methods.  Witch-hunts, inquisitions, public trials filled our desire for a bloodlust.

Crowds would gather to see these lost souls destroyed. It was entertainment and punishment. There wasn’t much room for forgiveness.

Burnt, tortured, humiliated. It’s almost absurd the creativity humans put into these actions. The sense of forgiveness here transcended mortality. If the public had made a mistake then one could be forgiven in heaven. The inquisition was the pinnacle of this twisted fascination with blood, torture, and death.

At around this point, I would say people started to feel that they ‘had gone too far’. They looked for more ‘humane’ and ‘scientific’ ways to kill people. Public executions remained but seemed to get a twisted efficiency to them. The French Revolution illustrated this new idea. It was a blood bath unlike anything humans had seen before.  The guillotine worked on in brutal efficiency while people urged it on. The mob ruled.

But humans suddenly moved back to killing some celebrities. Monarchs were overthrown and beheaded. It was a taboo that had been breached again. These demigods who were supposed to be untouchable were proven to be (to our surprise) mortal.

With the reemergence of democratic ideals, society blamed their ills on their leaders and wanted some vengeance. Who else to punish but the monarchs? The sense of forgiveness was still absent in the public sphere. These people had to be guilty. They were the cause of all our problems.

This killing, questioning, and blame rolled onwards. Democratic ideals began to shape public trials, but unraveled at the turn of the century with the World Wars and the eventual killing of millions of people. Humans had no one to blame but themselves. We had realized we had become numb to the idea of death and saw the horrors for what they were.

At around this time, Hollywood and Mass Media began to really take off and public executions ceased to exist (although executions still exist). People needed to escape from reality; it was too hard to cope with.

Society became strangely fascinated with public figures. Today we have magazines, talk shows, and blogs dedicated to these celebrities. People want to become these illusions and superhumans. We dazzle at photoshopped images and plastic lifestyles and look down at anyone who doesn’t meet these crazy standards.

We want to know everything there is to know about celebrities. But these celebrities have become our fallen monarchs and instead of blaming them for our ills we look to them for forgiveness and to shape our reality. For this reason, we hold them to absurd standards and revel at their social destruction before the public eye, and become fixated when they perform like the superhumans that they aren’t meant to be.

These celebrities become our ideals and part of our lives and no matter how crazy of a lifestyle they lead; it is viewed as a great tragedy when a celebraty dies. All their mortal flaws become forgiven in death. Part of our fake reality dies and it’s something we can’t ignore, but we want to.

I don’t mean to trivialize anyone’s death, but society does it to many people daily. In a time when thousands of people are dieing everyday in wars and poverty, humans have looked to our made up world for escape instead of acknowledging the ugliness and truth around us. We don’t want to have anything to do with actual death. Everything is good or evil; there is no middle ground. Ignorance is truly bliss.

Violence still permeates our culture, but it is in forms outside of the ‘real world’. Instead of seeing real death and war on T.V., we transfer the violence to fictional movies and video games. One where the good guy always wins and if you lose, you can just hit the reset button.

Like the Romans and the Greeks we are fascinated with death, violence, and fame, but the things we revere are fiction.

Best not think about it; it may bring up some hard thoughts.



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Re: Brett; Dick Cheney’s Revenge

Re: ‘Brett”

Dick Cheney’s Revenge.

It’s true! There are deep symbols hidden betwixt the photoshop layers of The Junkyard banner, but don’t let ‘Brett’s’ misinformation fool you. His counter-intelligence is impeccable. In fact, if I was in his position, I would like to try and cover my tracks as well. But as a good and dutiful blogger, I must reveal the truth.

It all started on fateful night about a year ago in April I think. It had been raining for about two weeks straight and we all had some cabin fever, not to mention that it had been an extremely long winter.

I think ‘Brett’ may have been affected by a mild case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Either way hadn’t seen sunlight for several months. All we could here was maniacal laughter coming from behind his door at odd hours of the night, and the occasional scream and loud thump. After greeting him in the hall one night and his only reply was a grunt and a growl, I thought it was best to intervene.

I gathered all my courage and walked down the hall, but when I got to the door it was cracked open. I thought he was there, so I peered inside. The room was a mess – Doritos everywhere, the mattress thrown against the wall, and a few things I won’t mention.

The thing that gathered my attention the most though was the picture on the wall. It was a huge banner with strange symbols. I decided to take a picture quick as evidence and then noticed a note on the desk below the banner.

It read:

“After many long nights of toil, I have finally completed it.

This mural is a representation of all of Dick Cheney’s good qualities. Now I understand there aren’t many, but here they are.

1) The lady with the horn represents Mr. Cheney’s impeccable listening qualities. In fact, I think he is listening to me now. Damn you Cheney and your wiretapping.

2) The picture of the hunter is a depiction of Mr. Cheney’s impeccable shot and hunting skills. His shot was so good that he was able to shoot a man in the face and not even kill him. He even had the man apologize for being shot.

3) The Narwhal shows your inability to stop in the face of extreme political pressure. Those dirty hippies and their environmental theories kept pestering you about global warming and drilling in Alaska, and how they ‘will have irreversible effects’. Well, here’s an inconvienient truth, Dick Cheney doesn’t give a crap.

4) The Car and the Money signs represent your tenacious business dealings and unrelenting drive to succeed economically. Haliburton had enormous success while you were CEO and after you stepped down to take on being Vice-President. Good thing no ties remained with you and the contractor after you invaded Iraq.

5) The Key and the swinging man show your unwavering support for security. So, much so that you leaked a CIA informants name to the press ruining her career. She was getting in the way with her liberal babel. You also ignored that pesky international agreement called the Geneva Convention and made Americas image abroad of treaty ignoring badass. Screw the idea that we’re a democracy and support basic human rights.”

There were a few more numbers and incoherent notes, but I was a little scared so I backed out of the room slowly. About a week later, ‘Brett’ reemerged as his normal self. I asked him about the picture and he quickly brought me to the side and whispered, ‘that I should never reveal the banners secrets’.

To this I can only reply,

Sorry ‘Brett’

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Links, Pictures, and Videos to Brighten your Monday

Little Girl’s Science Experiment Owns Multinational Food Corporation

Jim Breuer Freaks out During a Pizza Hut Commercial

Japan Changes Political Parties for the First Time in a Loooooooong Time

Reading Rainbow is Ending!

Facebook Exodus

Shoes? No Shoes? What the Hell are these Armored Socks?

Europe and Islam

CIA and Torture


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Milkman vs. Mailman

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