Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What is Real?
I occasionally run across stories in the news or see clips on the Internet that make me say "That can't be real". These things range from the tragic to the ridiculous. One sad example of this is the Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketting soldiers funerals and taunting their families. They also do stuff like that to other groups they hate, which includes just about everyone but themselves. Apparently it's not a joke, they are just really messed up people.
Sometimes I can't tell what is real because the special effects are getting too realistic these days.Young kids today have no idea how crappy special effects used to be. With the technological advances of photo shop and CGI I sometimes questions the trick basketball shots by Dude Perfect and other amazing things I see on YouTube.
Most recently I have been astonished with the candidacy of Basil Marceaux who is running for Governor of Tennessee. He has gone viral on the Internet over the last month. Can this guy be real or is this just a joke on us and he is just acting out a character like Paul Reubens does with Pee Wee Herman? I still can't tell. He's a mix between Homestar Runner and Captain Kangaroo and he's either a lunatic or a genius. I still can't decide.
So, I'm kind of confused when it comes to reality. I guess seeing Inception didn't help things either.