Nice, chewy posts from the Northeast! Thank you both--
I also am saddened by the blurring of descriptions: discussion,
argument, bashing - they are three different things (yes, they may
exist on a continuum - but the fact that you can turn up music in your
headphones so loud as to permanently deafen yourself hasn't stopped
anyone from using iPods, etc. - we are somehow able to recognize the
difference between a safe and reasonable sound level and a painful,
The culture is very big on this, especially in the last 20-30 years or
so (it's harder to have good perspective in my pre-adult days); the
word "awesome" now means "really good" and "tolerance" now means
Much of the political and media world operate by trying to shut down
dissent or discussion. Yes, it is the Franchisation of Tolkien and if
he were not in heaven focusing on the glory of God, he'd be ticked
off; sadly it is a machine he set in motion himself by selling the
film rights. I have to trust that the money he received made his life
more pleasant and enjoyable and take comfort in the fact that he
himself hasn't had to watch this happen (I can just see Boyens and
Jackson mudslinging with the man himself, were he still living:
"Authors are not the best judge of adaptations! He understands books,
not movies," etc.).
I sincerely hope that people will endeavor to engage as mature humans
and not feces-flinging apes; by and large I believe we have (I can't
attest to earlier go-rounds).
Jessie, I loved the example below:
> Franchise is this machine & to put Frodo in that same category is
> like saying that since McDonald's has sold so well, has seeped into
> the many corners of our doomed little planet, and is frequented by
> the vast legion of cavernous maws that are what our race has become,
> then the Golden Arches should be deemed America's #1 Health Food.
> That popularity equates goodness, and goodness signifies health.
-- Lynn --