Religulous (2008) Review

Religulous is directed by the same fellow that did “Borat” and it’s co-authored and presented by Bill Maher, a Catholic-Jew crossbreed. What should we expect from such a mixture?

ReligulousYet another bitter “comedy” about our modern world, regarded as a final product of religions for the masses. The true genius of the movie resides in the critique of the religion of man, the actual metaphysics left aside, with divine (!) modesty, where it belongs: the ineffable realm of the “I don’t know.” If it would have given in to the usual atheistic crap, Religulous would have been crap itself. In turn, it achieves bitter magnificence.

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Zeitgeist Addendum (2008) Review

Controversial, this one, as was to be expected. The Google Page Rank of 5 for the movie’s website proves that it at least got a lot of people talking about it, one way or another. Here are some, potentially useful, opinions on it.

Failure of epistemology

And when that fails, you find yourself in the impossibility of actually knowing anything. I won’t extensively discuss the causes of such failure, I’m just going to say that the world (and society) we live in right now is one that tries its very best to ensure that nothing is to be truly known, or certain, or trusted fully by anyone. And succeeds in this attempt, at least with regard to certain, sensitive, areas. The means used to achieve this are actually very simple, and they’ve been around since the dawn of propaganda. Simply put, certain views and opinions are systematically rendered invalid (or laughable or propagandistic – see the irony here?) before allowing any valid and thorough judgement to take place. Judgement (in the sense of critical thinking) itself is systematically discouraged in favor of blind beliefs in systems and individuals, beliefs that are no less primitive than any primitive form of worship.

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What it is to be normal

To be sane. Can sanity be achieved? Should it be defined statistically as the state of the majority?

We’ve been taught to dream, “dare to dream”, we’re encouraged to go forth and dream of things. We’ve been told we’re all beautiful and smart. We’ve been lied to. And no one tells us to be good. And that dreams are sometimes insidious chimeras robbing you of your very life, especially when dreaming trivial things that cannot be acquired. That’s not normal.

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Degeneration

Affects everything around us, us. There used to be moments I could not escape the feeling that we ‘re racing on the downward spiral at full speed. Now the sensation is almost uninterrupted. Everywhere I look, all around, I see the signs of it.

It is as if we were about to become a great race at some point, then everything began to crumble or, rather, melt down. I can’t look at the greatest buildings of this world without instantly remembering the hunger that still ravages most of my fellow men. I am unable to enjoy all the benefits of this so called civilization without realizing that progress only improved our personal hygiene, really. We’re still the same beasts we were centuries ago.

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Types of ad consumers on the web

AdsenseOr, types of “victims” you can pick when advertising on your website. I’m talking about advertising that requires positive action in the form of clicks, and about who you should target with it so that the clicks will abound.

1. The Confused

It’s that (third world country) guy who just found about the “internets” from his coworkers or his own children, and goes online from his work computer, or his child’s. He’s fascinated and confused, distrusting, yet enthusiastic. He’s so candid he’s attracted by strong colors and likes sites looking as Yahoo! did ten years ago. He is utterly incapable of discerning between a link and some underlined text, let alone a link and a link within an Adsense ad. He can be an extraordinarily bright individual, but he’s simply illiterate when it comes to online culture. He’s the ideal victim for Made For Adsese (MFA) websites and one of the best for online advertising generally.

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The thing about personal development

It’s so damn personal!

However stupefying this may seem, in light of all recent technological advances, personal development remains so darned personal.

Self betterment is still so much about the actual “self”. “Personal” and “self” continue to be the keywords here. Who’d have thought that with all this technology we’d  still have to take personal development personally? Shameful.

There are over seventy seven hundred million results for “personal development” in Google search, and over forty three hundred for “self development”. People obviously have an need to discuss it, mainly teaching it to others. Which is utterly absurd, to put it mildly.

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Micro-blogging

Public micro-blogging is exactly the crap that was missing for an even more irrelevant web in an even more hysterical world.

Who doesn’t need such useful information and insight:

11:45 just crapped. you?

11:46 http://youtu.be/plWnm7UpsXk

11:47 wiped ass. you?

11:48 forgot. any one knows what’s a kundera?

And this is the mankind you get high hopes about. If you’re a raging lunatic, maybe.

Instead of private blogging, how about, hm, email? Or IM, maybe? Nah, those are so passeé, darling.

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News intoxication

No one knows it better than the sufferer, the recovering sick man I speak for.

reddit, digg it, fave it, share it, tweet it, blog it, ping it, track it back, IM it, mail it. Track it, don’t let it slip. Scan both ways, hunt it high & low, stay informed, breath it in, fill yourself up.

Is it raining? Sunny skies? Millennia? Has it been millennia?! No matter, where was I? Ah, yes! digg it, reddit, blog it, tweet it! Nothing, on nothing, a rich lady whore, an imbecile cop, a thousand corrupt politicians, two dead, four explosions, a hundred wounded, Huffington Post, a singing whore, iPod, the new iPod, meme, Techmeme, boing2, red carpet, Bond, aggregator, the lich king!! Two hundred thousand corrupt politicians, oil, Amazon, green, eco, Prius, RSS, puppies,  chihuahua, high velocity projectiles, Python, web 2.0, Google, “I love you”, choose payment method.

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Democracy fails

It’s not like it ever had a chance. The only way democracy would have stood a chance, ever, was if people really knew what was good for them. That’s obviously not the case, since it entails a solid education, a degree of selfishness, and a lot of patience.

Ten men

Take ten mature men (and/or women, if you prefer), of all intelligence levels, and from all walks of life. In short, amass ten ordinary folks. Now say one of them is absolutely brilliant, a genius. Two of them are very smart, hard-working, with a good grip on reality. Two others are just hard-working, physically strong individuals, decent folk that enjoy life for what it is. The other five of them dislike any kind of work, are rather dim and gullible, often vile and usually discontent, in constant need of guidance (that they normally ignore anyway).

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My worst enemy

A moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers. Mickey Knox

Is, quite obviously, myself.  I’m not alone in this, when I say “I”, maybe you should read “you” or “we”.

The things I do(n’t do)

I don’t appreciate what I have, and often think I could be better off. I keep overlooking the beauty of each passing moment, and always expect more. I’m trying to live in the future, as a way of avoiding the present.

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