There are days when I feel under-accomplished in my writing, especially with my published articles, and then there days I remember that at least my writing has a certain amount of dignity and relativity. There are days when I feel like a sheltered child trapped in an adult body, and then there are days when I’m quite comfortable being a grown man who still enjoys comic books and science fiction.
When reading news recently, I rolled passed a headline that read “9 Reasons Why Avengers: Age of Ultron On Netflix Will Change Your Life.” Before clicking on the link, I had a moment where I decided that articles that support headlines like the aforementioned are always a waste of my time, and my curiosity needs to be tamed to prevent me from reading such dribble for nothing more than to see how terrible some other writers are. This was not the time to efficiently curb my aimless curiosity, and I clicked on the article anyway. The writer/blogger/whatever behind this multipage opinion-mistaken-for-journalism post postulated that this single Marvel Studios film was the ultimate cinematic experience, and the opportunity to repeat it endlessly for a flat fee was the zenith of private existence. The whole thing was weakly supported by admissions that Netflix currently does even have plans or an announcement to stream Age of Ultron but it’s “totally going to happen,” and nine exceedingly hollow propositions WHY it IS going to change your life; reasons like “It’ll make you believe in magic” and “You’ll plan the rest of your life around Marvel’s schedule.”
What I found upsetting about this was someone promoting the notion that the opportunity to replay a film, any film, so many times straight from an entertainment device was all you need in your life to change. I do believe movies have the power to ignite something in an individual they did not know was there, as do books and other media; True, it’s really the person behind the product that is affecting the consumer, but that product is a tangible vessel to transmit those thoughts anywhere across the world and, in some cases, time. However, what the writer was actually suggesting is that staying in, cycling through the same message – assuming Age of Ultron has any messages to give – is more beneficial for you than connecting with, learning from and redistributing back into society. Even the most influential piece of art or media can really only offer you one kernel of information. Beyond that, continual interaction with other people is what perpetuates personal growth and intellect, and not planning your life around corporate timelines and diluting your acumen to believe in Hollywood magic. Some might read this same article and defend its author as just enthusiastic, but I sensed from the syntax that is more overstimulated hyperbole, to a point where the writer felt out of control; which again, I argue that is the wrong way to approach the subject.
This is not a dig on Marvel Studios and their movies; I am a huge fan of the movies being adapted from comic books, and I get really excited for them. However, I don’t let my life fall apart over them, and I do not write articles suggesting that others should. Although, I do write long rants complaining about such things 😛