Were we shiny happy people?

I’m sitting in the Houston airport people watching. The “global citizen” is everyman. What I mean is there are a few archetypes; they are the man with the shaved head (with or without goatee) , the cropped hair and heavy framed glasses, and the rebel, the man with the long swooping hair who has an air of affluence. These are the global citizens, scrambling so desperately for significance they arrive at sameness. Go to Brussels to find the epicenter, the place from which it emanates.

Is it over?

Were we, those of us in middle age, were we once the shiny happy people in airports that someone else could blog about?

I don’t think so. I believe it is part of the accidental program we are all caught up in. It is biblical. It is more than a trend. Its the singularity after mass is sucked into the black hole; and that shit’s heavy.


3 thoughts on “Were we shiny happy people?

  1. Think back to Blade Runner. That film wasn’t well received by the critics at the time either, but it’s developed a massive fan base not because of the stilted writing or that chick with the blonde hair, it’s developed a fan base because of what it said. The accuracy of what it said about where we were going. What the world and humanity would look like if we continued on the corporatist path were are on. It said a lot about what it means to be human and what it means to be labeled as subhuman. That’s pretentious.

  2. Actually, I have had Blade Runner in mind when I make the observations as in this post. Interesting you raised it.
    But I would disagree that corporatism was/is the genesis, depending on what you mean by the term. Whatever you call it, it comes from the left. And it is foretold, and it is unavoidable. The people of Blade Runner are today’s avant-garde.

  3. Blade Runner has such devoted fans not so much because of the movie but because of Philip K. Dick and his complete oeuvre of literary work. The so-called film critics are forever defending their medium from incursion, however much they claim to value ‘good dialogue’; movies are visual in a way text can never be, and vice versa. Ridley Scott was just young and naive enough to think he could pull off his idiosyncratic translation, and the critics hated that he credibly succeeded.

    The Man in the High Castle would plausibly make for better source material, while it’s inconceivable that A Maze of Death could ever be made into a film.

    Anyway, I was thinking about Brian Eno’s old album Music For Airports: musical enhancement of what he called “regularizing spaces”. Worth a listen if you’re into offbeat music.

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