How Right Does Your Life Feel?

I think most adults, regardless of if they’re afraid of change or not, have to evaluate how right their life feels. As a young adult currently, I’m on the precipice of the rest of my life, and my decisions, which I now have the autonomy to make, can make worlds of difference, I have to ensure I use that power for good…or good enough.

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Sometimes I wonder if my life is where it’s supposed to be or if I’ve made good choices. Was I right to go into the field I did? Was I right to go to the school I did? Am I right to be friends with the people I interact with? Am I unprepared for the real world? I’d imagine that if I were in a serious relationship, I’d be questioning that too.

Is this healthy or normal?

Is there a version of me in a parallel universe who made different choices and is so much better off because of it?

I do believe that I am slightly afraid of change…but who isn’t? The unknown is scary. I don’t want to settle. I want to be happy. I want to thrive.

In grade eleven, I had a chemistry teacher who I hated, but I vividly remember her often saying in her polish accent, “You riiiight!” and all in all, I just think it’d be really cool if, every time I made a decision in my life, she’d appear and validate me with that phrase.

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What I do know is that a) I haven’t made any critically bad choices that would make someone say “ooh, yikes, yeah that was a big mistake,” and b) change is inevitable, so I better just embrace it as it comes. I recently got a job offer(!) after being laid off and unemployed for a lot longer than I would have liked, and unlike for some past jobs, I really do believe that it’s right for me, my career, and all that. I finally feel like my life is getting back on track, and it’s a wonderful, exciting relief. As the pandemic continues on into 2021, having that routine and normalcy and reason to get out of bed will be good.

I know there are people of all ages who read my blog, so I’d love to know if you’re also always unsure of what’s right or if the feeling wore off (as I also suspect it’s just a side effect of being in my 20’s).

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Streaming Services At The Emmys

In recent years, there’s been some discussion about if streaming service movies should be allowed in contention for Oscar wins. It’s a large debate with even some big-name directors jumping in with their thoughts.

But no one batted an eye when streaming service shows made their way into the Emmys.

It’s no secret to anyone reading this blog that as much as I love TV and do use streaming services (and do enjoy many original shows and movies from them), I’m not thrilled with the general direction that TV is going. I’ve spoken before about how Netflix is on thin ice and how I feel that expectations are not met from streaming services, but today I really wanted to look at the Emmys in particular. I know this year’s Emmys were a month ago, so the nominees and results are not at the top of your mind, but I’d like to bring it back into focus a little.

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In a normal non-pandemic year, I watch a lot of TV, but I won’t pretend I have superior taste and everything I watch deserves awards. I will also not pretend I know everything about how a show/actor gets nominated or voted for. But what I do know is that streaming shows are completely overtaking the awards, creating almost an elitist environment amongst the viewers, and I’d imagine between the actors and networks too.

I have only a little shame in admitting that I’ve seen Apple+ shows and HBO shows and Hulu shows despite not paying for those platforms (not that I could pay for Hulu anyway given how Canadian I am). I understand cable is expensive and people are moving away from that traditional means of TV, but I just simply don’t think it’s fair or reasonable that if people want to watch Emmy winning or even nominated shows, they likely have to subscribe to not just one or two but around six streaming services. Even if you do the math and say that all the services combined are still cheaper than cable (which I believe, again, given how Canadian I am), it’s still an inconvenience and I don’t like how that’s supposed to be an option. Broadcast channels are mostly free if you have an antenna or something, are they not?

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But that’s my opinion (shoutout to anyone who heard the Vine in their head) so I also wanted to show some numbers to get this point across. Here are screenshots of Emmy winners from 2006-2010 and 2016-2020 that I colour coded by platform. These are only the biggest awards, but I can assume that similar ratios are found if you looked at all the winners.

I count HBO as a streaming service—even though it wasn’t considered one a decade ago—because it was a premium add-on that you were paying extra for specifically. So, as you can see, in the span of a decade, streaming services really have taken over, going from 6% of the winners to 72%. Even if you combine broadcast and cable, it still doesn’t compete.

And before you say, “well, so streaming services won, but surely other broadcast/cable shows were nominated“…here are the 2020 nominees for the same seven categories.

Streaming takes up 58% of the nominees, which isn’t that bad, but still. Especially considering that it’s not like broadcast has been putting out less content since. There are still full lineups of shows, some of which I believe to be quality, that aren’t getting any recognition.

I will say, because I’m not a completely negative person, that it does seem that since there is so much more content in competition there are fewer repeat winners, and I do like that the success is spread around.

Perhaps there needs to be a separate award show for streaming content (which would solve the Oscar issue too) or separate categories for that kind of content.

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Or maybe no one else but me cares about this.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, though, even if you don’t watch the Emmys.

Related but unrelated: what are your thoughts on ‘movie’ actors starring in a limited series or shorter streaming shows and winning over the people whose whole careers have been mostly in TV?

That’s all for now!

 

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When Is It Worth Complaining?

I watched the Sonic movie the other day. It was at the library, so I thought I’d give it a go since I have nothing better to do. Aside from playing some Sonic GameCube game at the dentist as a kid and Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games once in a while but I always played as Mario characters, I don’t really have knowledge or a connection to that little blue hedgehog. But I of course knew all about the public outcry that led to the whole animation of Sonic being redone for the movie after the first trailer dropped, so I wanted to see just what the movie was like with the changes. (It was average as far as kids movies go.)

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It got me thinking about complaining and how with the internet, we’re all very quick to do so, and yet often it really is not worth it. Obviously, there’s a lot to complain about in our world, and I want to make it clear that serious issues like human rights is very much worth complaining about and worth action. This post is more about pop culture and lighter things. Like how there was a petition to edit out Kylie Jenner from the recent ‘WAP’ music video by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion because people just don’t like her. She doesn’t even sing, she’s just there in a video that you can choose to not watch if you want (and as a disclaimer, I have not watched said video or even listened to the song, so that’s how much I care about that issue).

I remember way back in 2013-ish when Apple revealed that iOS6 or whatever would have a new look and all the apps would look different. People were big mad. They compared the new look to a fake kids phone. They vowed to not update. Obviously Apple didn’t care because here we are seven years later and that style is still used and Apple is still thriving.

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Oh, the humanity!!!

Technology is often complained about. Every time there’s an automatic update to how Twitter looks, I see many, many complaints about it. And I get it, change can be frustrating and annoying, especially when you saw no issues with how it was before. I mean, don’t tell WordPress, but I’m still using the very, very old editor because I just don’t want to deal with Blocks. But to my knowledge, complaining about stuff like technology and interface changes never works. I can’t think of any example where people rallied and the company/service listened and reverted back to how it was.

And of course, sometimes complaining and petitioning can work. I genuinely never thought we’d ever see a Snyder Cut of Justice League but after years of campaigning and complaining, it’s actually coming out in 2021. Similarly, petitions and online activism have saved many TV shows from cancellation like Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Lucifer. I know that fandoms can be very, very powerful (for good and bad), so I do respect the hustle most of the time.

So when is it worth complaining? I guess anytime you have a strong opinion and you can articulate it nicely and maturely is fine, but I think the key is knowing when to stop and when it’s not worth your time. Fans complaining the Snyder Cut into existence was an act of passion for the characters and the material whereas people complaining about Facebook changing a layout is more just out of annoyance. I do think companies need to know when customers/users are unhappy, but I’ve just kind of noticed that unless there are financial consequences or opportunities, things don’t often happen. C’est la vie.

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I never watched Game Of Thrones, but the rage regarding the final season was unavoidable online. I did see a petition floating around for HBO to redo it with a better ending. And I do sympathize with fans who have a favourite show ruined with a sucky ending, but logically, it is not financially realistic for HBO to rehire all the actors (some who have new projects already) and crew, redo all the sets and costumes and whatnot, rewrite all the scripts, and redo it all. They already got the advertiser money when it aired the first time, and it’s unlikely that more or the same number of people would tune in to a redo anyway. So in that case, there is a point where, even if there is passion, it’s maybe not worth complaining about.

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Goodness knows I’ve complained about stuff online and goodness knows I will keep doing it, so this isn’t like some preachy stuff from me at all, but I did just want to analyze the act of complaining that is so common these days to some success. I mean, as average as Sonic was, it would have been a lot worse if they stuck with the original design. I wouldn’t have even watched it.

 

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The World Needs More Multi-Song Songs

In the past several years, I’ve developed a love and appreciation for the music of my parents’ youth. There’s a radio station in Toronto that plays only 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music, and I would listen to it all day while writing essays in school and while at work. I now know songs from 1983 better than I do songs from 2019, which works out great when the curling club has dances because me and the boomers just vibe to the likes of Supertramp and Phil Collins, an experience that sadly does not happen when I go to an actual club with my peers.

Anyway, obviously, popular mainstream music has changed a lot since the 80’s, and one of those changes I’ve noticed a lack of are those multi-song songs (is there a better word for it?). Like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘, a song that has stood the test of time so well everyone knows it, even the kids of today. That song has four distinct sections all in one song, and it switches so well that you’re not even bothered. It completely throws out the basic format of a song, but it works and we all accept it.

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Two other songs that are similar to this are ‘Scenes From An Italian Restaurant‘ by Billy Joel and ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light‘ by Meatloaf. Like Queen’s song, these are amazing, iconic pieces of music that should be praised.

I’m sure there are other multi-song songs out there, but I don’t know any. From 2007 to about 2015, I kept up with mainstream music a lot so I can almost confidently say there were none in that time. I recently asked my brother if he knows of any, as he knows all the artists and rappers of today, and he said “oh, yeah, ‘Sicko Mode‘” but I had him play it for me as we waited in a Burger King drive thru and it really does not change at all, so no.

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Me listening to ‘Sicko Mode’ as my brother tries to convince me he’s right

I will say that the recent exceptions are musical theater songs, but I don’t know if they count, because they’re formatted like that not as a simple artistic choice but so it can strategically be used to progress the show’s plot through song, and often the bits of song are melodies from other parts of the musical. (Fun side note: interestingly enough all three multi-song songs I’ve mentioned above have been used in musicals). I tried to find examples of some multi-song musical songs that don’t really reuse melodies but the only one I could think of was ‘The Duel‘ from Natasha, Pierre, And The Great Comet Of 1812.

In conclusion, the world needs more multi-song songs. They’re good and fun. Other than that, I don’t really have a point to this post. It’s just something I spend way too much time thinking about for no reason. And hopefully I’ve got you thinking about it now too.

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Books Are A Weird Medium

Books are great. People love books. I love books. It’s not uncommon to see someone’s Twitter bio say something along the lines of “lover of TV, books, and movies.” Books are seen as an equal medium to TV and movies. They’re just a different way to present a story and entertain the consumer, and that’s good and fine! But I’ve been thinking lately that books are a weird medium in several ways.

Snoopy reading

For one, where is their big award show? We have a billion music award shows and a bunch of TV and/or movie ones. We have theater awards and even Youtube/online media awards. So where are the big book award shows where authors and editors and publishers dress up and receive awards? Goodreads holding awards that users can vote for is nice, but there’s no big fancy award ceremony, which is weird because as I just said, books are seen as an equal medium.

And since we’re on the topic of awards, how come it seems that every book ever produced is a #1 New York Times Best Seller? They can’t all be number one. I mean, like, congrats to all the authors as that’s still #goals, but the New York Times needs to chill.

Another reason why books are a weird medium is how solo it is. Very rarely are there multiple authors for one book, and if there are, it’s usually some research book. I found a Goodreads list of 28 books by two authors, but even Goodreads only lists one author for categorization. We have songwriting duos (Pasek and Paul) and duo movie directors (Russo brothers), so why not writing duos? Think of how cool worldbuilding and plots could be if you had another person to contribute ideas…are share the typing/editing.

Cher from 'Clueless' saying "the more the merrier"

My fourth reason why books are a weird medium is that they haven’t really changed at all. Books from 100 years ago are quite similar to books now, except maybe the way they were printed has changed (perfect bound vs whatever was used back then). Movies and TV, though a lot more recent than books, have changed and adapted a lot since they began in terms of presentation, content, audience, and more, but books haven’t. Of course, there’s that “if it ain’t broke” saying, and I believe that here, but it’s definitely interesting how there aren’t really any books (that I can think of) that really shake up the medium.

The last reason why books are a weird medium is that they’re not actually that wildly popular. My dad doesn’t read books, a lot of my friends don’t read books, even I don’t read as much as I used to. The book industry is still huge and won’t be dying soon, but it’s weird that there are some people who can avoid reading books and live a normal life. It’d be weird if someone was like “yeah, I haven’t seen a movie in three years,” but I think a lot of people can say they haven’t read a book in three years for sure.

What are your thoughts on books as a medium?

Some lady saying "I do love books"

Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, this was a 2am idea, and then I also wrote a lot of it at 2am…

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