There was an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times recently about the absurdity of the owners of the New York Yankees. Evidently, just before completion of their new staduim, a construction worker with sympathies to Boston buried a Boston red sox jersey in the cement of the foundation of the new Yankee stadium as a curse to the team. So the imbecilic Yankee owners paid 75,000 to jackhammer the stupid shirt out of the foundation, fearing evil spirits and voodoo. The Times editor memorably said that this proves that human beings are nothing more than monkees who wear shoes.
Read on, please.
Today, a headline on yahoo news caught my eye:
“Grand Theft Auto IV set to be biggest opening in entertainment history”
For those who don’t know, “Grand Theft Auto” is the smash success video game that every brain dead, intellectually stunted kid in Uhmurica seems to be fixated on. It’s all about killing as many people as possible to gain the most stolen cars using the biggest guns. In effect, it’s a criminal fantasy for kids, compleste with random, cold blooded murder and rape. Sweet Jesus. And this new version is predicted to open up at $40,000,000 IN IT’S FIRST WEEK ALONE!
That’s bigger than ANY film opening in history. Here are some exceprts from the GRAND THEFT website. I won’t even comment on the amazing mutilation of the English language:
Let’s face it: stealing cars and blowing stuff up gets, well, kinda boring. Luckily, there’s way, way more to do in GTA IV than just be a troublesome criminal. Call up your buddies for a game of darts, or a few beers at the local pub, or even a nice wholesome game of bowling. Using the indispensable new cell phone, you can initiate plans with any of your good (and not so good) pals, effectively creating the action rather than having it come to you all the time. Be careful, though, because those relationships you build function like they should. Ignore too many calls and you might find that the price of guns from your handy arms dealer just went up. And in case you suddenly develop a conscience, you can even dial 911 to arrest a ne’er do well or request an ambulance for an injured citizen. How he got hurt in the first place, we don’t wanna know.
Are you sick yet? There’s more:
Most accomplished criminals prefer to work alone, but in GTA IV you’ll have a chance to test yourself against other players in over a dozen multiplayer modes.
One of the chief complaints in past GTA games was the wonky aiming system; trying to switch targets was like steering a boat through mud. That’s all changed in GTA IV thanks to a slick new targeting scheme that lets you change targets just by flicking the analog stick. If you still find yourself outmatched, a new cover system lets you slide behind a wall and blind fire into the glut of enemies trying to ruin your day. If you can’t pull over before you get into a shootout, have no fear — any weapon in the game can be fired while behind the wheel. So don’t drive angry!
What the hell is happening here? I remember when I was a kid, there was a movie called “Rollerball” about a totalitarian futuristic society that was totally violent, with people killing indiscriminately, casually, and ultra violently. It scared me to think of such a thing, and now, it’s coming true, coupled with the accelerating dumb-down of society.
Monkees with shoes indeed.
I no longer believe in evolution.
But I see a hell of a lot of proof of devolution.