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   Now in our eleventh calendar year
    PCR #531  (Vol. 11, No. 22)  This edition is for the week of May 24--30, 2010.

MOVIE REVIEW
Summer Movie Preview
"Sex and the City 2"  by Mike Smith
RETRORAMA
Loose in Las Vegas: 2010  by ED Tucker
THE AUDIO PHILES
Album of the Month: The Hold Steady-Heaven Is Whenever  by Terence Nuzum
THE ASIAN APERTURE
Zombie Hunter Rika (2008)  by Jason Fetters
LAMPIN' @ THE 6TH BOROUGH
Everything New Sucks -- The Remix  by John Miller
MIKE'S RANT
Passing On .... Movie Notes .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf by Mike Smith
Lampin at the 6th Borough by John Miller


Everything New Sucks -- The Remix


Perhaps these are the rantings of a paranoid madman clinging to the not-so-glory days of his youth, but the hell with it, while I have the soap box beneath me I am going to preach.

Now, this isn't an attempt to solely bash the modern era of pop culture. Because there are a lot of things about the present that I do enjoy. OK, maybe "a lot of things" is a gross overstatement. More like a few things occasionally pop up that I do enjoy and feel are worthy of recognition.

My problem in general lies with the modern infrastructure of the entertainment industry. The monopolization of our mass media is crippling to say the least. A handful of crappy companies control all of our cable networks, two (maybe three) companies rule over our radio air waves. This is despicable, whatever happened to competition? If so much of the information that is distributed to the masses is within the hands of a few individuals with fairly similar interests, how can that possibly bode well for the future of our democracy? It doesn't. These capitalist swine merchants aren't interested in creating a generation of great philosophers and intellectual thinkers, they will be too rich and old to feel the effects of an adult population coddled from the womb to the tomb with non-stop brain candy and easily digestible pop culture goodies.

The worst part about all of this is that not only is this the greatest generation the United States Of America has ever produced, but also the first with such access to cheap yet quality technology literally at their fingertips. Yet, rather than cultivating a society of artists that are virtually a mouse-click away from changing the world, we get a bunch of hacks, conformists and weirdos making videos of cats playing a piano (which is very adorable and hilarious, BTW).

Thing is, the Viacoms and Clearchannels of the world should be losing sleep over this. They're not, though. I assume they take comfort knowing that so many artists out there are using their social outlets more so as an auditioning platform for sterile corporations rather then trying to run them out of business. But what can you expect from a generation raised by single mothers, incarcerated fathers, and heavily-funded marketing campaigns. Garbage in garbage out.



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