I love Pump Up the Volume. I love weblogging. I love self Expression. I Love this post:
I was just watching Pump Up the Volume (Liz, you must be so proud you just can't stand yourself) and it got me thinking. That's what this is. The movie is about a teenager, who, naturally enough, is lost, confused, angry, doesn't fit in, and has no outlet. So he starts just broadcasting random thoughts out to the masses, and people start listening. Before you know it, it's a cult phenomenon, and at least at the beginning of the movie, it gives him peace, and some of his listeners hope. Now the movie, like practically every other story, follows the hero's cycle, so everything goes to shit eventually, but still. That's what this is. It's what every blog, livejournal, and personal website is. Now sure yeah, there are vast quantities of these that are written and published by spectacularly well adjust people, on which they report their dinner datees and football games and whatever the hell else normal well adjusted people would feel like telling eachother, because nobody like me, or I assume you, would read about that, it's just too goddamn boring for words. This, however, is like that guy, and I have a feeling yours (if you have one) is too. It's a scream in the dark, believing no one is listening, yet praying that maybe just one person is. It's a wolf howling to the moon, sometimes talking, but mostly just saying "I am! Here I am!" And isn't that what I'm doing now, what we all do so often, struggling desperatly to leave an imprint in the sand, sometimes trying for deeper meaning but really just saying "I am! I was! Remember!"
That is Beautiful.
I really do love Pump Up The Volume. It is and has been since it came out, one of mi favorito movies. I love it because it champions self-expression as a uniting force in confusing times. I love it because the rebel outsider loner becomes the hero by standing up for what he believes.
I have never thought of PUTV in comparison to blogging. It is a perfect match, though.