In the last 10 to 20 years or so I have noticed something VERY important to me. With the utmost certainty I’m sure there are others who have noticed the same as I. Creatively Americans have gotten LESS creative. As a whole, it’s hard to say if that stands but when I look at what’s on T.V. and popular today, as compared to when I was growing up from the 90s – up, the quality of what we enjoy in music, television and movies has gone seriously DOWNHILL. I’m seeing a LOT more from Book to Move Adaptations. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE seeing those! I also love the comic ones they are doing (yay for the inner child in some of us being sated by these things). But all this does not make up for the talentless entertainment we have today. I look at countries like Korea and Japan and I’m finding FAR better entertainment there on nearly ALL levels (some of them even have some pretty NIFTY architecture that I wonder why in the world aren’t we taking notes and doing the same?!). My big question is, “Dude, WTF happened?!” I’d like to give some examples and EXPLAIN why they are NOT up to PAR in my book of standards. Granted, some of this is probably going to be stuff some of you like, so no offense, I’m just explaining why I don’t enjoy it. Keep in mind – I’ve tried to give some of this stuff a chance to prove to me it can be redeemed in some way. Hasn’t happened. If anything I feel like half the stuff that’s come out in at LEAST the last 10 years has been garbage! I’ve seen very little that I enjoyed. If I did see something I enjoyed – it’s been ruined or taken off the air or something else.
So first example I have of lack of creativity. Music. Music has definitely fallen way down in the gutter. Granted, there have been some decent artists that HAVE come out, but as a whole – this past generation hasn’t been THE most creatively Talented. A great example I saw was this De-motivational poster that my friends were circulating on Facebook. It was Frank Sinatra, one of the Greats in my book of music, vs. Justin Bieber, who I feel (much like Big Time Rush) is just “Eye Candy” for young girls to “Squee” their little selves over…which could be good and bad, depending.
The example went like this though, first with Frank Sinatra’s lyrics:
“With each word your tenderness grows
Tearin’ my fear apart
And that laugh..wrinkles your nose
Touches my foolish heart…”
Justin Bieber’s followed after with this:
“Baby, baby, baby oooh
Like baby, baby, baby nooo
Like baby, baby, baby oooh
I thought you’d always be mine (mine)”
At the bottom it reads, “Music – W-what happened?!” Granted, I grew up with Queen, Madonna, MC Hammer, Paula Abdul, Enya, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and what not. But I found some good in that music. Not saying Bieber’s music perhaps doesn’t move the hearts of some (if not other things) but you can see how creatively the quality over time has indeed been lost. I do feel people should pursue their dreams, but most young celebrities wind up having serious issues as they mature into adulthood, which is quite sad. Bieber alone is NOT the only example though. I’m sure some of you can think of others (feel free to share your comparisons in a comment. I’d love to see them). My friend brought up a really great point about the music industry and it was in Roleplay no less when our toons were on a date together, “You can’t really hold it against the music-makers as much as the record companies and the general public. Demand for quality music has gone down and people seem to prefer singers they think are cute or who make inane but easy-to-remember music. Way back when, you became sexy because you were a musician. Nowadays they make you a musician because people think you’re sexy or might think your sexy.”
When it comes to the shows our children watch, I’ll be completely honest. I’m an adult and I still LOVE cartoons. Some of my favorites include original Voltron, original Thundercats, Scooby Doo (not quite a favorite, but I enjoyed it), Reboot, He-Man (both old and new for the most part), Transformers (original animated series), SailorMoon, Powerpuff Girls, Danny Phantom (relatively new I know), Batman the Animated Series, X-men, Spiderman, Ironman, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness(that’s a new favorite, watch it and you’ll know why) and the list really goes on honestly (to movies as well).
For comparison, I’m going to use a cartoon series that was fairly recent within the last 5 years or so to what I see on say, Cartoon Network now.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, show I enjoyed and liked. Why? Because it had a LOT of variety and I felt was a great teacher of a show or could be utilized to teach important semi-life lessons to kids. Blue was your stereotypical semi-selfish friend you can’t help but love and want to smack around sometimes. Than you had toons like Edwardo, Coco and the others. It was comical, funny, constantly entertaining.
The shows I see now or have seen that I wasn’t impressed with? There are several in fact. Flap Jack (though on the occasion I was just as guilty of watching it occasionally since nothing else was on), Chowder, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time (Yes; I really do not like this show for a few reasons) and finally, the one I’m focusing on for my example, Regular Show!
I’m sure some were gasping in horror as I listed off some of their favorites. We all have different tastes, opinions and standards. I just happen to have higher standards for my entertainment, especially “mind numbingly enjoyable” entertainment. 😛
So what’s my beef with Regular Show? I’ve actually honestly sat down and watched or tried to watch an episode or two. Seen the commercials for it to. Just watching this show, makes me feel dumb. I really don’t care for Rigby and his bud. They are definitely a couple of idiots. I suppose if you like idiot watching or people making fools of themselves, they take the cake on that and I can understand why some people might enjoy watching this show. But when I hear “Rick James” references in a cartoon and stupid phrases like, “Don’t look at our crotches while we synchronize our watches” (granted I’m sure we said or did similar things maybe when we were like, in grade school. While this is geared toward kids, do you want your kids saying this kind of stuff?) it just makes me feel the entertainment industry has seriously hit ROCK BOTTOM and are trying to jump on the train of “Pop Culture” and “Internet Memes” when they should have done that a decade ago if not sooner.
I do see references in kids movies all the time to jokes only adults would get, I enjoy those. Kids might not get it, but it adds entertainment and humor for the adult who’s getting in touch with their inner child. Same can be said for kids shows as well. Point is – I’ve seen better kids shows that still had the ability to be entertaining, fun, enjoyable and even teach a lesson to kids about life, even if it was obscured by flashy colors, super powers, or whatever.
I know some people are saying, “Well if you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it so meeeehhh! XP”. <–(That’s a raspberry case anyone couldn’t tell. It’s a rather enthusiastic one). That is true – doesn’t change the fact I care what MY KIDS (if I ever have any of my own) watch. I think parents should to. Many people, especially children aren’t being taught important lessons for building character. I know that’s what I’d want for my kids, what do you want for yours? We should always be trying to find new and creative ways to HOLD their attention and teach them these things. Kids are a LOT brighter than we give them credit for.
Television Programming geared for Teens and Adults has been sucking hardcore far as I’ve seen. Course, I try to avoid watching your regular programming. I usually opted for shows on Sci-Fi, USA, etc. But I’m talking about the programs I’ve heard and don’t want to waste my life watching, though my brother has tried in ONE case. That instance was Jersey Shore. He couldn’t SIT through an entire episode because he’s LIKE me. If it’s too obviously DUMB and stupid that it doesn’t seem real…it just makes your brain hurt and ache and you can’t watch it anymore. Granted, I KNOW there are stupid people like that out there, but in THAT much of a concentration? A bit hard to believe since I’ve never seen it nor quite experienced in reality. So I’m skeptical. There are more shows than just Jersey Shore I refuse to watch (The Kardashians for instance is another) and there are good reasons, but again – you’d literally HAVE to pay me a good chunk of money to sit down and WATCH the shows. Otherwise I’m going to flip the channel, turn off the T.V. ..or tear my hair out if I can’t. I just can’t STAND shows like this, but that’s me. I can’t speak for those who actually DO enjoy watching them (for whatever reason they do).
Let’s face it, movies haven’t really been getting better either. I can definitely think of one great example that’s going to be coming out that I think it just dumb and face-palm worthy, because it is based on a board game some of us used to play when we were kids, Battleship. Yes; you heard me Battleship. This is one of the movie ideas Hollywood is using because they can’t seem to come up with anything better. They think – take a board game, throw in some aliens, mix in some decent talent and Voi la! instant blockbuster hit! Face-palm. Wrong! There have been others to – but – I can’t recall them considering I didn’t feel them important enough to remember on account of, they sounded so terrible and I was informed NOT to waste my time or money. So, I didn’t account them into memory. Some of you out there though probably DID go see the others I’m talking about and wished you hadn’t wasted that hour or so of your life OR your money for that matter.
One thing I am glad that STILL hasn’t seemed to change – is the fact that creativity is still alive and well in BOOKS and Comics! Yes books & comics! And Hollywood has taken note and even made some of these bestsellers or beloved comics into movies (Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Spiderman, Ironman, Captain America, etc). I’ve never seen Book to movie adaptations happen SO quickly before until this last decade or so. My guess is that 1) Hollywood wanted in on THAT action and to cash in on it. 2) They KNEW they were losing their steam and so they opted to ask the author’s permission to make their books into movies and MAKE it happen. 3) Doesn’t help that we had that Writer’s strike a few years back which may or may not still be affecting Hollywood. Hard to tell since I haven’t heard much else about what’s been going on with the writers.
I am glad some people enjoy the shows I really don’t care for. Kudos to you for finding some decency in them, but I seriously can’t. In some cases I bet I can make better recommendations for stuff to “Rot your brain” or let it “stew” so you don’t have to think but just enjoy for a while. I also think that depends on how closely peoples’ tastes are to mine. Now, I didn’t write this topic just to RANT without a good reason. It’s not to get people angry or upset that I don’t care for their shows or simply to rag on your favorite shows either. It’s actually about making a POINT. My point is this – we should expect quality out of the stuff we watch. Not quantity. We should expect decently written programs, not pieces of crap we’d rather crap on. I’ve seen Youtube videos far more entertaining than half the crap I’ve seen on T.V. these days. So, with that being said – I encourage you to write your networks and demand some darn good entertainment. Tell them you don’t want this CRAP (whatever it may be) anymore and give your reasons why. Explain to them why you feel it is poor quality. They get enough letters – perhaps they’ll make better more well-informed decisions in the future. Who knows unless we try to make our voices heard.
Thank you for reading, as always.
~Infinite love, gratitude, prosperity and more be yours, Namaste~