Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Homage or Lack of Creativity?

With the constant re-hashing of old movies and songs, TV shows and the lackluster mediocrity of reality TV, I fear that we are a society that has all but ceased moving forward…especially when it comes to creativity. Now, don’t misconstrue my point—I know almost everything has been done before—but I mean…everything?

I look at the way things are now and see many of the same things over and over. Television is a breeding ground for watching people do silly things with a few ‘finding talent’–type shows mixed in. (Do people really not see this and if so, are we OK with it?) If we are not careful, you might come home from work one day, turn on the TV and watch a show about the person who sits next to you at work, watching them do whatever it is that he or she does all day…or is that already happening?

I am a fan of seeing old stories rehashed with newer technology, because let’s face it—that’s pretty cool. But, it has its place. If you watch and respect classic movies, such as Jaws, you really respect the filmmakers for having the creative ability to create a real sense of fear without actually showing the shark for about three quarters of the movie. Would I like to see a more realistic shark? Sure. But I don’t know if it would have been done the same way today with all of the technology behind the scenes.

Putting a creative spin on an old song or movie or TV show is cool every once in a while, but I am tired of advertisements showing me scenes or commercials for an upcoming movie or TV show that I watched back in the 70’s or 80’s.

My real alarm is that we are not encouraging our future generation’s creativity. Encouragement is integral for a young man or woman to grasp an idea by its proverbial horns and run with it. Do it and do it to the best of your abilities, I say!

Technology is a both a blessing and a curse. If it is used to make jobs less strenuous and more profitable—fine. I get it. But instead of using them as an aid, I fear that they might be used as a crutch.  So, with all that being said, what is your take on seeing media rebooted? Is there a lack of creativity coming our way? Is the future really just a repeat of the past?

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  1. I think rehashing old movies and tv series are mostly a lack of creativity on the part of Hollywood's unionized screenwriters.

  2. Thanks for the comments, Daniel! Sorry for my tardiness in responding.

    I don't know what to think, but my initial reaction is exactly that. I could rant and rave for hours about the lack of creativity going on in the world, but it would only frustrate me. Seeing old songs, beats, grooves, movie plots, TV shows, etc. all coming back speaks volumes of where we are creatively. And the sad thing is that people keep buying it.

    Please stop back again to share thoughts with us! Cheers!