I have this theory that good music died after 1998. Between 1978 and 1998, there was no such thing as bad music. There were a bunch of great local punk bands and not so local punk bands that still came and played in LA. But after 98, well, music went to shit. Everyone started trying to sound like Linkin Park. Then the whole emo and indie rock scene started to emerge. The people who listened to punk either stayed true to the good bands of the 70's through '98 or split off into the indie/emo scene. As for everyone else, well, they bought into the crap that was being thrown out at them.
Granted, I am one of the ones who hasn't musically "evolved" if you will. I kinda keep my eyes open for when the old punk bands need money and decide to have reunion shows or what have you. Ok, so there's a few good bands out right now but it's nothing like it was when I was in 10th grade. I recall back then going to shows like 3 - 5 times a week in the summers. I don't even think I've been to 3 - 5 shows in the last 2 years!!! Don't get me wrong, I love seeing live performances, but why would I want to pay money to see someone who can't play their instruments? Even a lot of the punk bands back in the day who were told by critics they couldn't play could at least group together few power chords and carry a tune but some of these indie bands just randomly pluck away whilst staring idly at their feet, and to them it is a statement. They are being "ironic". It's some form of satire mocking the current state of bad music. That on one hand you have horrible acts like Linkin Park who actually can play their instruments but are just such a wretched act and these indie bands mock that concept to bring forth their message of what I'm not too sure of. You would expect something unique but the messages are all the same. Some sort of pathetic broken hearted ballad by some undergrad art student living off of school loan refunds in mommy and daddy's name.
Perhaps I am going astray here insulting art students, but I feel I have every right in the world to chime in under such a "taboo" subject matter. I was one of those art students, sure. Ok so I wasn't living off of loan refunds and my loans were all in my name but, as much as I try to avoid the subject at hand, I am, unfortunately, one of their kind. I try to turn my cheek to it but as much as I dislike it, I am still an artist... ashamed to be called just that... because I have a talent, a skill, something these people lack. And they have made it a mockery to be considered an artist. When you think about artists back in the day, it's usually some eccentric outcast willing to test the boundaries of their times. But the fine arts have become such a joke now days.
There is no more originality. The only pure arts now days with any possible means of originality lie in the newer medias such as animation, design, photography, what have you.
Sculpture has become a joke. No body does sculptures anymore. Now they do instillations. How the hell is an instillation art!? It's not archival! Its just a room or a corner full of crap no body wants, toss on some paint, make up some bullshit statement about how it represents oppression of Iraqi's under the police states our troops are creating overseas thanks to the wrath of President Bush, yet somehow people consider it art. It's a farce if you ask me!
In all honesty, if you ask me, I believe the feminist are the evil masterminds behind the talentless crap otherwise known as the instillation. What with wanting their equal rights and what not. Frankly, being a woman, and an artist, I can say I would be more than perfectly content staying at home all day cleaning my house and cooking my husband dinner, but to some women that's not good enough. They want to work. They want to be able to vote. They want equal rights. Call me ignorant, I don't care. I was born a woman and the only job I should have as a woman is to serve my man! I guaranty you that a lot of these successful women who are getting their equal pay working in executive positions are miserable when they come home at night because their job causes them to neglect their families, if they even have that. A lot of so called successful females, be it artists, or businesswomen have family and love lives of despair. Divorce. Children who despise them. Bad relationships. Sure, its nice to make money or be famous, but at the end of the day, these women want the same thing any woman wants: a family to take care of. Whether it be a boyfriend, a husband, kids, pets, whatever, women in general are natural mothers and are born to nurture. When they have nothing to nurture it makes them long for those things. You can't have a healthy relationship when you focus your entire life on your job. Instead, you wind up neglecting the people you care most about, which in turn makes them hate you all the more for it. Which explains why most feminist are either bitter carpet munchers or not capable of holding down a relationship. Deep down, they are miserable. All I know is I'm miserable because it is impossible for a single person to live on their own now, or a family to live off of one income due to the fact some women decided they want to work.
Anyway, some people think they are being revolutionary by trying to modify stuff that's not broken. I mean there are a lot of cases where people said "hey let's take this and make it better" and it worked. But so many people feel the need to go in and tweak things now days to suit their special interests.
Perfect example: gun laws. Sure, we had the right to bear arms written down on paper, signed, dated, set to go. Been that way for hundreds of years. Everyone is happy. In fact, just about everyone had a gun back then. Without one you weren't eating dinner. You didn't hear of kids getting into the guns and accidental shootings happening. Hell, the 5 year old knew how to load, clean, and shoot the family gun in case of danger. I recall my mom even telling about how they knew how to use their father's shotguns when they were growing up in Washington, given this was maybe 40 years ago.
But then, within the last couple of decades people have become pussies. Kids aren't being taught gun safety. They get into the guns when the parents are at work (how are those equal rights working out for you feminists when you don't teach your kids about gun safety or aren't home to watch them to make sure they behave?) Next thing you know there's this whole outrage that guns aren't safe! It's time to pass a law stating all guns should have a locking device. Forget the fact you're not watching your kids or teaching them to mind their own goddamn business. The guns are the bad things here, the evil weapons of death that we love to have in our homes to protect from intruders or use for hunting or collectors purposes.
I'm a firm believer that crime is a result of over population. I can vouch for this based on a 7th grade science experiment in which I took 2 critter keepers, provided the same amount of food and water, but one had 2 mice the other had 4 mice. Within a week, the "over populated" mice were pregnant. Shortly after, they had babies. Next thing you know there are 4 mice, 6 babies and the same amount of food and water as the other mice. (This is why communism is bad, kids. Equal distribution and over population is never a good combo.) Within the following weeks, the "over populated" mice started to fight for food. This isn't anything new. It's just Darwin's survival of the fittest theory at work. The ones that got the food were strong. The one's that didn't were weak. The weak ones needed something to eat and resulted in eating the babies.
Well, people don't exactly eat their babies when they need food. But they will go and rob the liquor store on the corner for money to pay for their necessities. Sure, crime isn't something new of this century. It's been around forever. They've just been getting more twisted. Say in the 1800's a bandit would go in and rob a bank and go down to the next town over and get some whiskey and hookers. These days you'll have a guy pick up a hooker and rape her, stab her 70 times, dump her body in a ditch and go back to work the next day as if nothing ever happened. These weird crimes are these rare but all too frequent crimes of sick minded individuals who should be publicly hung, then again someone deemed that cruel and unusual and oddly enough, since people are no longer publicly executed, people also have a new tolerance to the fear of death... coincidence? I think not.
I blame the bleeding heart liberals for the demise of society. It's wrong to show someone being hung in public for committing a murder. It makes us no better than them, killing them in public. Look, if you don't have some sort of display of actions and consequences, how do you expect people to learn? It's not a new concept. If you look back to the dark ages, before the days of reading, monks would illustrate biblical stories and depictions of hell to scare people into living good Christian lives. How is this any different? One end the bible say murder is a sin, but then there's that whole eye for an eye tooth for a tooth theory. So who is to say if you murder someone you shouldn't be murdered yourself? But those poor bleeding hearts, it's not the right thing to do. We must be good and kind to everyone. If someone slaps you in the face, turn your cheek. If they want to walk all over you, let them. If people are living in poor oppressed third world countries, let them come into the US illegally and as upstanding citizens, it is our job to make sure our tax dollars fund them so they can have the same opportunities as us, owning homes, getting an education, health care, and so on so forth.
After so many years of helping out we have a problem. Housing prices have sky rocketed. Fuel supply is sparse yet everyone needs it, and are willing to pay at the pumps simply out of necessity. Quality of service has gone down hill simply because there are too many people and not enough time to take care of things. You go to the doctors office and can't get a same day appointment and if you do there are so many people there you need to wait hours before you can see your physician. All social factors affected by over population. However the US does not see itself as over populated because unlike other so called over populated places like India, we have technological advancements so that makes us civil, even if we do have a lot of people.
However, this is like a landfill situation. You have people who have lived their lives in shitty places. Those places are so bad off for whatever reasons. Maybe it's poor government, maybe it's the people who live there trashing the place, thing is, once that place gets so bad they move on to another place. Then they work their ways onto that new location. When that place gets trashed they will pack up and leave to the next location. Eventually what will happen when they run out of places to run to? Will we be left with some sort of post-war apocalyptic Mad Max type of world?
People try to ban guns to prevent crimes and pass so many bills prohibiting the use and sales of certain weapons, yet will those be our only line of defense should the revolution come? Will Californians be helpless in the faces of their attackers? Time and time again it has been proven that those who give up their guns for protection are left with neither guns nor protection but open themselves up to tyranny. Any society in which the residents are not armed is pretty much setting themselves up for disaster.
Long story short, people think they are making the world a better place. These liberals think they are helping society out by allowing illegal immigration to occur, passing gun laws, but in reality they're only hurting the economy and jeopardizing their own protection. Feminists think they are making their lives better by having equal rights when they are actually sacrificing their personal happiness. Artists think they are revolutionizing things by putting spins on the past or present situations but in actuality, it just makes them look talentless and mundane. Life is what you make of it. And a lot of people are turning this world into shit because they feel their lives are shit. Instead of trying to change the world, try to change who you are as a person. Don't make the rest of us suffer because of it.