“Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”—Algernon from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, 1895
I hated Bicentennial Man, too. Every moment of that ridiculous piece of ambitious drivel made me want to blow up the screen. But this Videogum piece, on the other hand, made me laugh until tears came rushing out.
“Associations, even associations not consciously noticed, can also give rise to attitudes. Michael Olson and Russel Fazio discovered this when they classically conditioned people’s attitudes toward little-known Pokemon characters. The participants, playing the role of a security guard monitoring a video screen, were shown a stream of words, images, and Pokemon characters; they were told to respond to one target Pokemon character by pressing a button. Unnoticed by the participants, when two other Pokemon characters appeared on the screen one was consistently associated with various positive words and images (such as “awesome” or a hot fudge sundae) and the other with negative words and images (such as “awful” or a cockroach). Afterward, asked to evaluate all Pokemon characters, people preferred those associated with the positive stimuli. Without any conscious memory for the pairings, the participants had formed gut-level positive or negative attitude.”—
Psychology, Eighth Edition, David G. Meyers, 2007
There’s actually no real meaning to this passage, other than the fact that it talks about psychologists using Pokemon as part of their experiment. And I thought it was really cool and nerdy.
“I feel lousy about the pain that I’ve caused my wife and kids. I feel guilty and conscience-stricken, and all of those things you think sentimental, but which my generation calls simple human decency. And I miss my home, because I’m beginning to get scared shitless, because all of a sudden it’s closer to the end than the beginning, and death is suddenly a perceptible thing to me, with definable features.”—Max Schumacher (William Holden) in Network, dir. Sidney Lumet, written by Paddy Chayefsky, 1976
“It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”—
Richard Nixon’s Farewell Speech to White House Staff on August 9, 1974
Truly the best way to respond to complete humiliation.
“The makers of this film seem to have given slight thought to the psychology of teenage girls, less to the possibility that there is no heaven, and none at all to the likelihood that if there is one, it will not resemble a happy gathering of new Facebook friends.”—Roger Ebert’s review of The Lovely Bones