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I think I understand the popularity of post-apocalyptic/Zombie/Dystopic media in the modern culture. Society is SO incredibly unbalanced that the malaise of the general populace manifests itself in a subconscious wish for the destruction of its own society. By “unbalanced” I don’t necessarily mean the separation between rich and poor or good and bad, but an unbalanced ratio of people who feel entitled to the world, while never thinking about why they do the things they do.
The youth of the country feel that they are entitled to easy lives and amazingly high paid jobs without paying their dues, and blame any difficulty in their slowly wasted lives on everyone else but themselves. They wander around expecting greatness and opportunity to come to them.
Executives and middle management in every corporation feel that they are entitled to be worshiped and served by their “underlings”; all while continuing to hand more work to fewer employees (without raises) so they can collect larger bonuses for themselves.
Government officials believe that they are modern-day Messiahs and should not be held to the same standards as the average man. In the pursuit of building their reputation, they supposedly fight for their constituents all while only catering to their own agendas. They keep their jobs and they keep you where you are, because if you succeed, you don’t need government help, and without need of government help you may actually pay attention to what they are doing with their power and fire them.
Recently I sat down to watch the documentary Room 237 which critically examines the hidden meanings of the Shining. Four overly imaginative crackpots spout insanity about what the subtext of Kubrick’s adaptation means. One insisting that because the pantry contains cans of Calumet Baking powder emblazoned with their Indian head logo (yeah how crazy that baking powder would be in a pantry) that the Shining is about the American slaughter of the native American tribes…..okay? One insisting that the shining is all about Kubrick subtly telling us that he was involved in faking the moon landing footage (yeah…this guy actually says the government is out to get him at the end). And yet another obsessed that it is about the Holocaust due to the use of or the mathematical coincidence of the number 42.
This Documentary was so far-fetched that it was flat-out laughable, however it did get me thinking critically about the actual functional differences between the book and the movie. All at once is seemed there was a very simple answer, that didn’t require 18 differential equations, and had absolutely nothing to do with rooting out a conspiracy. My general hypothesis is that Kubrick never even set out to make the Shining but was in fact wanting to adapt The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. He created what is now known as a mash-up of the stories to please both the studio and his own ego, giving little regard to King’s pride. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…