Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I AM NOT AMUSED
Excerpt from: TIMELINE, by Michael Crichton.
“Everybody expects to be entertained, and they expect to be entertained all the time. Business meetings must be snappy, with bullet list and animated graphics, so executives aren’t board. Malls and stores must be engaging, so they amuse as well as sell us. Politicians must have pleasing video personalities and tell us only what we want to hear. Schools must be careful not to bore young minds that expect the speed and complexity of television. Students must be amused – everyone must be amused, or they will switch: switch brands, switch channels, switch parties, switch loyalties. This is the intellectual reality of western society at the end of the century… The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused.”
Crichton not only writes a great story in TIMELINE, but between the lines are truisms that jump out at you if you read carefully.
Look at today’s Republican Presidential caucuses – very few people are interested in the actual policies, and the future results these policies would have on the nation at large. People hear only what they want to hear, and they will switch if their candidate is not amusing.
Regardless of Democrat or Republican; any politician that dares deal with the dry, realistic, real politics of a party, without amusing, is dead in the water.
Dead in the water: Along with that line of thought – by all means read Crichton’s EATERS OF THE DEAD (later repackaged as THE 13th. WARRIOR.)