Art should spark conversations and controversy. It is part of its job. It is supposed to make you think, to make you search your feelings, to argue with others on its meaning. The audience is important, a vital player in the "game" that is Art, because an artist without the will to be presented to, and … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 23: The Artist – Audience relationship
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet." The infamous quote from the "Matrix", that inspired thousands of people (including me at some point in the past) to deduce that humanity would better wipe itself off the face of the Earth, and soon. Misanthropy is the general hatred, distrust or contempt of the … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 22: Misanthropy and why it’s stupid.
It is almost Easter time for the Orthodox Church. Here in Greece, it is customary to transfer the Holy Light from Jerusalem to Athens and distribute it to the rest of the country. While I agree with the Atheist Union's reaction, regarding the cost of such a transfer (estimated to be at around 4 million Euro) … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 16: Please, it’s 2017…
Reality shows share a common trait: they are easy to digest. The audience is well aware of the fact that there is actually no conflict (save when it comes to the prize), and that most of the participants are playing roles. Now that I think of it, the term 'reality show' is misleading... They gained … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 15: The usefulness of reality shows.
Good fictional characters tend to win. A lot. Yugi Muto? He just happens to have the right card in his Deck, if not his opening hand. Erza Scarlet VS her freakishly strong Dragon mother? No problem, mom's had a change of heart, she's dead, Erza wins. Harry needs to kill a noseless Hitler? Here, we'll … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 13: Dumb Luck (just to piss off the number 13)
I am not a particular fan of political correctness. There's just something about it that irritates me. I want things to be plain and simple because things get complicated if we are the ones messing up the wires. Yet, sometimes, I get this feeling that some things are best not said. Jokes about homosexuals/women/Chinese drivers/impoverished … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 9: Limits to Humour. Are there any?
You are at your local comic book store. The new issue of "Batman" is out! You take it, look at the cover, marvelling at the prospect of a brand-new chapter in your favourite caped crusader's story. You go home, open it carefully, and start reading, admiring the incredible artwork at the same time. Now back … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 4: Yes, they are the same!
(Disclaimer: the following article is a piece of opinion, as I claim no expertise in the area of History.) It is a well-known fact: History studies the past and shapes our image of it. Through these studies, our perception of the world changes and this often leads to major debates that are still unresolved. Regardless … Continue reading What about us? Our place in our own History.