Friday, November 18, 2016

Clockwork

6 comments:

FreeThinke said...

Maybe I have a Dirty Mind, but it sure looks to me as though the character on the left in the last (bottom) video has his genitals exposed to public view.

Reminiscent of the not-so--subtle "ad campaign" feature Joe Camel. Anyone remember that?

Dr. Frederic Wertham chronicled such violations of then- popularly-accepted standards of decency back in the 1950's in his book Seduction of the Innocent. In that epic tome Wertham accused the authors and illustrators of Batman and Robin of not-so-subtly advocating and glamorizing homosexual relationships between mature men and adolescent boys –– among many other subtle violations of decency Dr. Wertham was sure he saw in much of the popular children's literature and entertainment of the day.

Most dismissed Wertham as a crackpot. However, looking at the way society has degenerated since those seemingly innocent, halcyon days I'm no longer sure he was NOT onto something.

Thersites said...

The original movie had some pretty violent and explicit content, too.

FreeThinke said...

It sure did. I remember it well. I hated it, and loved it at once. Certainly had an aura of lurid fascination about it. Anthony Burgess created a unique character (played so brilliantly by Malcolm MacDowell in the Kubrick movie) who managed to terrify us, repel us, and engage our sympathies at the same time –– no mean feat.

I was never sure what "message" we were supposed to draw from the production, other than to see a possible glimpse into a horrifyingly plausible dystopian future, but it sure held my attention.

However as one of "Lovely Ludwig Van's" biggest fans, myself, I still resent Beethoven's being used as a thematic stand-in for the troubling character MacDowell played. There is no room whatsoever in MY brilliantly insightful, astoundingly comprehensive and infinitely wise worldview };^)> that ROCK 'n ROLL and all its even more hideous derivatives is THE primary cause of the downward societal plunge we've been experiencing since the late-1950's.

BEETHOVEN represents SALVATION.

ROCK n' ROLL stands for PERDITION.


This video was mildly amusing, but I see no particular significance in it other than our apparent social acceptance now of vulgar, brutal, antisocial behavior and rejection of tenderness and empathy as a "New Norm," fit fare for leisure tie entertainment.

Thersites said...

That' s why I enjoy Zizek's analysis...

Thersites said...

https://youtu.be/XM9erS90gTE

Thersites said...

In other words, ideology from the opposition perspective.