Couch Philosophy

Philosophy for the commonish. Updates Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays.


22nd Feb 2014, 2:27 AM
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Giberion 22nd Feb 2014, 2:27 AM edit delete
I wrote this one! Yay! It's all about how Siv doesn't watch movies... whereas movies are a major part of my life. Don't you just love slowly discovering you like an actor through his various appearances, until you get to the point where you'll watch every movie they've been in? I don't know how Siv finds so much to talk about, there's really not much to say. This is a lot simpler "comic" style writing and not really what Siv does at all, but well... I'm not Siv. I hope he still leaves a comment, but what will he say? I guess he can give his point of view on his naivety. Come to think of it, I can still discuss these themes can't I? Maybe next time I'll talk about that stuff too. But... art stuff... is really boring to read, but fun to write! Oh well, we'll see!
Sivolock 22nd Feb 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete
I suspect that I am one of the few people who, when assigned to watch a movie for class, looked up the script to read instead. This is partly out of temporal concerns and limitations, as I read faster than I can "observe". When I watch a movie, I feel a restless disconnect from the text that I don't feel at all when I read. I am kind of weird that way.

This probably due more to inexperience with the medium than some kind of innate, personal preference though. The two forms of art that I consume the most are books and video games, which both demand a high degree of reader participation. Movies are more passive; but this passive nature also allows room to make different textual moves and assertions. Movies in particular can reflect unreliability in narrative and spatial-temporal setting in a way that is more difficult to do books, which I find very interesting. I just need to learn which parts of the movies are significant, and thus learn to avoid the monotony I currently must wallow through.

I will still maintain, contrary to popular belief, that a word is worth a thousand pictures. Encapsulated within each word is a history, an etymology, a culture, and identity, all wrapped up within sign and signifier. There are an infinitude of meanings present in words in a way not really matchable by images, because while images represent only themselves words represent ideas. And the world of ideas is where I live, eat, and sleep; where dreams are the stuff things are made of.
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Stever 22nd Feb 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
When I was younger and had a buddy for a roommate, he couldn't sit through a movie. Sitting around watching a movie was totally boring to him, but I'm a movie geek, and it was something I could never understand and was always like, "You gotta see this!" and I never found a movie he actually liked.