| John the OFM ||17 Dec 2015 6:50 p.m. PST|
Adele is an OK singer, but nothing special. Watch a concert on Youtube, though. Look it up yourself, I'm not doing all the work for you!
the audience ADORES her. OK. I'm fine with that.
Yet if I go to my daily NEWS source, Google, I can't escape the articles that not only demand that
I love her too, but assume I do without question.
And exactly the same phenomenon is manifesting itself with the new Star Wars movie: the Force Watchamacallit.
the first movie was fun. I grant that. But as the series grew, it became obvious that politically speaking, Lucas was an inconsistent ideological idiot.
I fully support the Empire, by the way.
Yet all the sites again, not only DEMAND that I love it, but assume it too.
I would rather listen to Heart and watch Game of Thrones. So there.
| John the OFM ||17 Dec 2015 6:51 p.m. PST|
Harrumph. "HARRUMPH!" I say!
|Cyrus the Great||17 Dec 2015 7:00 p.m. PST|
It is the Winston Smith personality that compels you!
| svsavory ||17 Dec 2015 7:24 p.m. PST|
Good, good! Let the hate flow through you!
|Winston Smith ||17 Dec 2015 7:24 p.m. PST|
Really? That explains a lot of other stuff too.
|skippy0001 ||17 Dec 2015 7:31 p.m. PST|
Classic market manipulation. Doesn't matter what singer or movie it is, if it's on the 'docket' for maximum saturation to squeeze every megabuck they can that is all you will see popping up in fluffbrain news.
I try to swing the pendulum the other way also-you are pro-Empire, because of the holiday barrage I watch the Boondock Saints every Christmas. It's as religious as I get.
Istill give bags of return bottles to a homeless guy outside my apartment, I still give to the charities I deem important, I'm just tired of this spoon-fed, instant gratification, three buttons from ignored knowledge culture.
I'm building a Bah Humbug Bomb. I need beryllium spherical xmas tree ornaments, cadmium tinsel, strontium milk and cesium chip cookies, linked laser strobe triggers, a artificlal tree without the tree part for the frame and a lump of Dark Matter. What am I missing?:)
|Winston Smith ||17 Dec 2015 7:33 p.m. PST|
Polonium, Putin's radioactive element of choice.
|Winston Smith ||17 Dec 2015 7:34 p.m. PST|
Oh dear. Was that "politics"?
|Winston Smith ||17 Dec 2015 7:42 p.m. PST|
Btw, Godwin's Law applies.
I read a review that patiently explained that Brienne of Tarth's character is a fascist.
|Ed Mohrmann ||17 Dec 2015 8:02 p.m. PST|
I could, about Adele (which also happens to be the name
of one of my wife's sisters – the more strident of the
three sisters, on any subject one cares to broach)
and the latest Star Wars film care a great deal less.
But it would require effort and neither is worth it.
|Parzival||17 Dec 2015 9:03 p.m. PST|
Required? Pfffft. Like what you like, don't like what you don't like. Hey, it's not our loss if you happen to be a hopeless Philistine. Or a Sith.
|Winston Smith ||17 Dec 2015 9:32 p.m. PST|
A Sith Philistine.
Yup. That's me.
|skippy0001 ||17 Dec 2015 10:13 p.m. PST|
No, a Philisith. Say that fast ten times.
| Patrick R ||17 Dec 2015 10:30 p.m. PST|
It's not so much liking as acting all hysterical "OMG ADELE !!! I – AM – SO – GONNA – DIE !!!"
Got no problem with Adele, she doesn't do the kind of glottal acrobatics some girls seem to favour when they try to express emotions in their songs, a bit like thinking a minimalist play will be enhanced by strapping a one man band to your back.
What bothers me about things like Star Wars is that it always has to be an all or nothing experience. Maybe Facebook is to blame, but somehow your enjoyment of something has to be a million times better than the others and everyone has to throw a billion likes at you for buying an album or watching a movie especially if they are not that special to begin with and then make THAT perfect comment and THAT perfect selfie to match the occasion, preferably mentioning the dozen or so apps you are using at the moment to "enhance your already rich life's experience."
|CeruLucifus||17 Dec 2015 10:32 p.m. PST|
You're not required to love Adele.
|Sergeant Paper||17 Dec 2015 10:41 p.m. PST|
Adele is only as old as Taylor Swift (which works both ways, as an indictment of Swift for over-youthfull pop and of Adele for too-old-for-herself over-serious whatever you call her genre…).
This is my favorite song this holiday season, a much darker sounding "All I want for Christmas"…:
This is the version I would be singing when they arrest me for drunk and disorderly…
|MHoxie ||18 Dec 2015 2:49 a.m. PST|
Don't like Adele; only liked the first two Star Wars flicks.
|skippy0001 ||18 Dec 2015 3:18 a.m. PST|
Sergeant Paper-that sounds like a James Bond film score. I have all these Xmassy Bond clips running through my head now.
Odd Job as Santa.
| 20thmaine ||18 Dec 2015 6:24 a.m. PST|
The only good thing about Adele is that she recorded "Make you feel my love" on her second album and so made a tonne of money for Bob Dylan. Anything that enables Bob to keep on doing what he's doing is a positive.
| etotheipi ||18 Dec 2015 6:49 a.m. PST|
To answer your question, engage in some deep introspection and meditation on the question of why you feel compelled to give a what the media says about anything. Preferably between your third and fourth single-malt scotch in the evening.
|jtkimmel||18 Dec 2015 7:11 a.m. PST|
I like the Star Wars films. Who's Adele?
|JSchutt||18 Dec 2015 7:19 a.m. PST|
A "Safe Space" in all movie theaters will be provided to protect from such "micro aggression" opinions. In the meantime you should voluntarily retreat to the "punishment room."
|Great War Ace ||18 Dec 2015 8:44 a.m. PST|
My son-in-law bought tickets to Star Wars tonight. I'll let you know what I thought of the movie later.
Adele. That would be the chick's face I saw on the piano for months while my daughter was dipping her slithy fingertips into playing, oh, some years ago. I couldn't tell you what songs she has made or what her voice sounds like (Adele's, that is, not my daughter's).
|Who asked this joker ||18 Dec 2015 10:01 a.m. PST|
The lynch mob may REQUIRE you to at least like both OR ELSE!
|nazrat||18 Dec 2015 11:09 a.m. PST|
You are not required to do either of those things, and you do not, so I guess that proves me right! 8)=
|RavenscraftCybernetics ||18 Dec 2015 12:43 p.m. PST|
If she were anyone of note, Adele would have a last name.
|D A THB||18 Dec 2015 2:34 p.m. PST|
I like Adele when she talks, reminds me of my roots. Not bothered about the film.
|ZULUPAUL ||18 Dec 2015 2:50 p.m. PST|
| javelin98 ||18 Dec 2015 3:13 p.m. PST|
| Panzerfaust ||18 Dec 2015 5:54 p.m. PST|
John, I think it's a generational thing. Our generation (old people) expect a movie to have a plot that more or less makes sense. We expect to have an emotional attachment to the characters. We expect to experience a new story.
Young people expect none of this and I think are actually put off by things like character development. Plot is apparently irrelevant to them. All they want is an adrenaline inducing thrill ride of non stop action. Absurdities that make you or I cringe do not compute with them.
| Extra Crispy ||18 Dec 2015 7:44 p.m. PST|
I feel the same way about the Beatles, the Stones and the Who.
I do like Adele though.
|Great War Ace ||19 Dec 2015 8:41 a.m. PST|
Star Wars was nonstop action, of course. I let it wash over me. It was entertaining with only a few blatantly irritating moments. I look forward (very patiently) to the next one, where we get to see Darth Vader's grandson kick ass before being redeemed. That is one of the irritating qualities of this series: the same ol' same ol' plot devices: bad fathers having good sons, good fathers/mothers having bad sons, and everybody's sons having The Force in abundance. Mark Hamill didn't have to say a single word. That's probably the most lucrative minute for an actor in film history.
|Crow Bait ||20 Dec 2015 7:54 a.m. PST|
I use to love Adele. Then I didn't. Then she wrote that "Rollin In The Deep" song about me.
|28mm Fanatik||20 Dec 2015 10:57 a.m. PST|
Just go ahead and get it off your chest, John. SW and Adele are sooooo overrated. There. Feel better?
| Andrew Walters ||22 Dec 2015 9:09 a.m. PST|
One of the important new myths in the 20th century was the George Romero zombies: it's the fear of being contaminated and becoming part of a mass of mindless consumers, all looking for the same thing, experiencing no joy, unable to choose not to consume. The comparisons between zombies and black Friday shoppers are not coincidental.
I'm not sure how hipsters figure into this.
So resist as long as you can, consider yourself a survivor, but eventually they get you and you'll be the most Star Wars of us all.
|Tumbleweed ||08 Jan 2016 3:05 p.m. PST|
I like any song where Marilyn McCoo sings lead.
But Heart is also very cool.
|Great War Ace ||08 Jan 2016 5:17 p.m. PST|
…it's the fear of being contaminated and becoming part of a mass of mindless consumers, all looking for the same thing, experiencing no joy, unable to choose not to consume….
I thought you were describing Internet porn. Actually, I think you were, you just didn't know it….
|Trajanus||09 Jan 2016 3:52 p.m. PST|
What's the Worlds Smallest Book?
The Adele Book of Happy Tunes!
|Last Hussar||11 Jan 2016 6:32 p.m. PST|
I like Adele. I don't think anyone is forcing you to though. "Someone like you" + bad patch in marriage + nervous breakdown = me writing an entire book which my female friends seem to quite like.
A few years back someone suggested Adele and M&M (the singer, not the chocolate) should have a relationship, because the break up albums would be fantastic.
|Smokey Roan ||17 Jan 2016 7:12 a.m. PST|
The WEZ board is flying a banner over an Adel concert.
"Adel is fat and can't sing"
|Great War Ace ||17 Jan 2016 11:29 a.m. PST|
LOL! Now, if someone actually flew over an actual concert with that behind an airplane, that would be really funny….
|Last Hussar||06 Feb 2016 2:02 p.m. PST|
Well, I'm sure this Adel will be hurt, and I'm sure Adele will feel sorry for her.
Funny how male singers aren't criticised for their weight.
| 20thmaine ||09 Feb 2016 5:28 p.m. PST|
Yup – "double standards all-round barkeep".
| Weasel ||14 Feb 2016 6:27 p.m. PST|
Internet culture establishes all sort of stuff as "geek cornerstones".
Just watch and listen to whatever you like. 90% of it is garbage anyways,