Write off-line, cut and paste then, post and publish. This “blog” phenomenon is the easiest way to publish. What are some of the issues this raises? Invasion of privacy. Writing about people now that might read it later. The other side-effect is the ensuing inability for the writer to distinguish between private thoughts and publishable memoirs. Gotta check out Moby’s site and his now famous blogs about New York during the World Trade Center attacks that he witnessed first hand from his apartment. What do I witness now when I look out my window? The leaves of the trees shimmer in the gentle breeze. The uncut lawn yearning for more rain. Beside me, coffee cup, half drunk. In front, the various disarray of wires and stuff; the steady hum of the computer. Who is my secret ideal reader? I must only see your face in my mind and the words will flow. The events of my life will rewind and I will begin recounting them. R? W? J? T? Who is it that I choose to imagine reading this ramble? Is it my inability to take this seriously? I think: no one is going to read this anyway. Who cares? I want to do something good. I want use my strengths and be financially rewarded for it. I want to align myself to a cosmic power source. I write this down. My internal dialogue is then published for anyone to read. Who benefits from this?
All dressed up with no where to go. Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones rehashes some of the elements that made the original sing. When Star Wars was released in 1977, it showed audiences a completely realized “different” world and it was almost impossible to take your eyes off the screen. Clones re-invents some of the scenes that made Star Wars famous. In his update of the Asteroid Belt chase scene, for example, we witness another cat and mouse sequence this time between Obi Wan and Janga Fett (Bobba Fett’s father) as they dodge boulders the size of mountains twirling in free space. The reader can undoubtedly imagine what this chase sequence would look like even if they haven’t seen the movie because they have seen other sequences like it. So it looks crisper and the sound is louder because it’s all digitally enhanced. Who cares? With all this technology why can’t you show me something I can’t imagine or haven’t seen before (which was the implied promise from the Star Wars franchise). For that, maybe I need to look at Lord of the Rings or something. In Clones, Lucas treats the actors like cardboard cutouts to service a rather perfunctory episode that links with the story / franchise. It is essentially a film showing generals and other politicians with lines like “I love democracy,” standing around debating about the “Republic” and the ensuing “War.” If these generals and politicians didn’t look like aliens with digitally enhanced weird features and voices, I don’t think it would sustain my interest for a second!