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21 April 2002 @ 11:59 pm
So long, Mr. Rockefeller...  
The American Dream is no longer the one you have been taught in school and Puritanical preaching. It is not the idea that hard work and ingenuity will take you to the top.

Now, the American Dream is getting everything for nothing. Working is associated with shit wages and little promise of any kind of movement. Being discovered as an actor in high school, looking good enough to become an artificial pop-idol, or winning the latest contest on the back of your cereal box. That's what Americans want. Fulfillment for the lazy. Reward for being in the right place at the right time doing nothing.

Work, even just self-discovery, is too much. Deliver me everything or deliver me nothing--I'm too bored to know the difference, but it doesn't matter as long as I don't have to do anything.

Effort is not rewarded. Thought is not important. Work is for those not fortunate enough to get a winning lottery ticket.

It makes it hard to see why people love America so much. And difficult to watch television.
 
 
Mood: cynicalcynical
Music: The Beatles - Hey Bulldog
 
 
 
S0n of N00n: hmmm...bibble on April 21st, 2002 09:07 pm (UTC)
How I Made My Millions

I was stronger
I was better
Picked you out
Now don't say a word
No don't yell out
Never mind
Let you out
Led you back
Stay on
Sit down
Let it fall


- Thom Yorke
Mellen: Sad Fayeabsentmammoth on April 21st, 2002 09:12 pm (UTC)
::shiver::
Yeah...
feloniusmonk on April 21st, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
I love america
I love America,

Its Americans that I hate.

So, its off to Japan,

the land of 10 second idols,

and Melon Calypis
Mellen: Sassy Fayeabsentmammoth on April 21st, 2002 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I love america
And don't forget the Pocky.

I love Pocky.
feloniusmonk on April 23rd, 2002 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Pocky
Oh man, tsubu tsubu ichigo(chunky chunky strawberry) is the best... could do without cheese flavor though.. Never much liked the idea of sprinkling Kraft mac and cheese packets on something as naturally tasty as pocky.

Gah... I guess the grass is always greener... tastier too.

One interesting thing to consider though. Regular strawberry flavor has fish oil listed as one of the ingredients, but chunky doesn't. Sono koto wakaremasen.

>^_^ Wa~! Harajuku ni sumitai na! ^_^
S0n of N00n: hmmm...bibble on April 21st, 2002 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: I love america
what do you love about america?
phenyx on April 21st, 2002 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: I love america
Mountain Dew with caffeine in it. You can't get it up here.
giavery1979 on April 22nd, 2002 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: I love america
University System
feloniusmonk on April 23rd, 2002 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: I love america
The landscapes, some of the cities, jazz music, Eugene Debbs, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, film noir, old Dodge coupes... In a sense, there's plenty that I love about America, its always easier to notice what's irritating you rather than what you love, though. I can say that America has produced some of the greatest cultural masterpieces of the world at the same time that I can say that it is blind and bloated superpower that is slow to change and quick to judge. I can say that there are cities in America that are the most culturally diverse in all the world at the same time that I note that they have been broken down into racial ghettoes.

But I never get weepy eyed when I see the rag that sponsored the deaths of millions soaring in the air, nor do I find myself shocked at the attacks of Sept. 11. Every death is a tragedy, but I'm sure that the children of Hiroshima would be slow to throw a pity party for the 3,000 some people killed by that single event.

I hate the government, I hate the corporations, I hate the cynicism, I hate the people that are led like sheep, but stubborn as mules, I hate the actions taken in the name of democracy, I hate that our country pretends to be free and yet forces its views on the people of the world, hell, I even hate the hate that we have for each other.

But I can admire so much more.
S0n of N00nbibble on April 23rd, 2002 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: I love america
good answer.
Pat Bradpatbrad on April 22nd, 2002 04:07 am (UTC)
Look up the 1-Act play by Edward Albee, The American Dream. I think it was written with that whole "Death of a Salesman American Tragedy" view, but I forgot. Even so, The Zoo Story (Same book collection) is one of my favorite plays.
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Mellen: Sassy Fayeabsentmammoth on April 22nd, 2002 07:07 pm (UTC)
David Byrne is great indeed...
That's the second song I've heard in conjunction with this idea. Thanks a bunch. Now, for everyone's edification, here's the third:

Spacehog - "This is America"

The Statue of Liberty lost her virginity to me, oh yeah
But I get my rocks off, by watching the cops on t.v.
Well I'm feeling needy, cheap, fat, and greedy
Won't you give me the thing that I need
But I'm not to blame, cause my videogame got my mind, alright

Now you got your fame, you did your crack cocaine
You put a bullet in your brain
Cause this is America
Yeah, this is America

American history is still just a mystery to me, oh yeah
But I think it says it all watching the junkies crawl down on Avenue D
I learned all I know on the internet show
I'm building a bomb for a dime
And the Statue of Liberty lost her virginity to me, and that's just fine

Now you got your fame, you did your crack cocaine
You put a bullet in your brain
Cause this is America
Yeah this is America

Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to me?
Well I think that says it all
Watching the junkies crawl
Well I know it's a very scary land

Oh no, here come the indians!

Cause this is America
Yeah this is America
Cause this is America
Yeah this is America
Cause this is America
(It's the land of the free)
Yeah this is America
(The home of the brave)

Cause this is America
It's the land of the free, and the home of the brave
Cause this is America
It's the land of the free, and the home of the brave
Cause this is America...