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April 18th, 2008 - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
April 18th, 2008
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From: babyiwasshot Date: July 21st, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

reagan babies

This reads like an observation of a student on your part, given that I see my own generation's callousness in the response to the injured man's (student's?) plight. Read much Bret Easton Ellis? His novels, in my opinion, perfectly capture the essence of most members of my generation: terminally blasé. It's why I'm such a loner; when you read The Rules of Attraction (or worse, watch the film adaptation) and see the reflection of your generation (which is similar to Ellis's, I guess) from an objective point of view, you stop wanting to be a part of it.

Shit, this reads like a Kafka-esque allegory on the moral decay/nihilism of generation Y.

Then again, perhaps it's not so much generational as it's associated with the group of people with whom I used to associate, or perhaps I'm just filtering out all of the positive aspects of my generation in my appraisal, cynic that I am.

In any case, that is what your dream means to me, as though my take is relevant. haha
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 21st, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: reagan babies

Hmmm. Come to think of it, the jumper and his associates were of your age, more or less. But I remember the dream well enough to know that my outrage and confusion was not inflected in a generational way. Maybe I was pissing the point of the allegory my dream work was spinning. I did think, both during the dream and after I'd woken up, that my desire to record experience was implicated somehow in the distance with which his gruesome fate was met.
From: babyiwasshot Date: July 21st, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: reagan babies

I did think, both during the dream and after I'd woken up, that my desire to record experience was implicated somehow in the distance with which his gruesome fate was met.

Oh man, if you want to see a fine film that addresses similar themes check out the Beligan satire/faux-documentary Man Bites Dog, in which the film crew documenting the serial killer eventually becomes directly complicit in his acts, though they're arguably already complicit insofar as they're filming him rather than stopping him.



As for you dream work, I think it's a little too hard on you; the tendency to document these sorts of things without intervening is hard to resist, both in dream and reality. This is the age of the Jackass films, after all.
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