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We're living in strange times. The world is choked with debt. Vertical structures are collapsing and flatter horizontal structures are taking over. Everything's getting more abstract and faster. We're in this INSTANT EVERYTHING age. I think it's crazy. Instant communication, instant decision-making, instant production and consumption in a time when purchasing power is dwindling at the consumption end of the pipe-line. Where are we headed? Fuck if I know. I mean we could have this jobless boom and no way to redistribute the wealth. The people who run the show are aware of all this, but think they can talk their way out of it. It's pretty funny. What did the people on Star Trek do about this problem? My aunt lives with this guy who barely makes a living. He keeps talking about a transfer tax. This guy feels the government should abolish all taxes except the one on bank deposits. He feels it would be enough to wipe out the government's debt. Who the hell knows.

I mean what to do in the cyber-age? How much of it is hype and how much of it is real? Each generation is having a more intense SHARED EXPERIENCE through the media. Everybody's seems to be watching Melrose Place. What will happen when this shared experience accelerates? Technology seemed like a short-cut, at first. But the global consciousness now emerging could have actually been achieved by cavemen with smudge-sticks. Mind-tech could be the real short-cut. When will we reach the Omega Point? When will enough mind power stop a Bosnia?

I went to this hot spring resort and got a job for ten days. I discovered that Melrose Place had on average, twenty-one basic scenes, four complex love triangles, and the shock of death. Also I found out that the closer the shot, the more emotion in a scene. Most scenes lifted off from a long shot. Long shots were cool emotionally. Most scenes stayed within a middle range. If the climax was hot enough then a zoom into a long shot didn't matter. Also a hot scene could turn into a cool one if the images were just static enough. The tempo of shots was also critical. It's amazing how the producers stick to one tried and true formula. It's boring and predictable.

Now, take a genius like Godard. He takes the predictable Melrose Place code to unheard of lengths with extreme long and close shots. I mean this guy is really into multiplex tone poems. These poems teach, inspire, push, and provoke the viewer into the heart of the experience itself. Godard also warns the viewer that the tone poem itself is an illusion. Melrose Place is simply canned melodrama. It's a nice emotional drug. It also rakes in the bucks. How am I ever going to make it in Hollywood?



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