So back to Negan

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Like the title says…back to Negan.

I have not read the comics but I can assume that a lot of the Jefferey Dean Morgan’s rendition is based off of the wording or actions of the comic book version.

I mean don’t get me wrong I think he is a seriously entertaining character but aside from the shock moment from the death of Glenn I have yet to see Negan do anything remotely surprising. All he has delivered is quick quips and and death fakeouts at the expense of trying to shakeup an unshakeable Darryl.

I’m still waiting. I’m still waiting for that moment where he turns around and kills one of his own men. I guess it also took a few episodes for Breaking Bad’s Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Espinoza) to (spoiler) slit the throat of one of his men.

So with regards to great villains I am waiting for Negan to show off what he has been talking about. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does next but at the moment I am not impressed. Maybe he is entertaining and maybe he had that Glenn kill in the beginning but the shock of the kill was made ten times more intense due to the amount of waiting and rumor milling that went into it.

I’d like to see Negan pull some shocking shit of his own off without the help of extra-television effects like constant speculation. Until then I won’t be impressed by him.

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The Mural

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So I am sitting in the Union Square Barnes and Noble Starbucks at the moment and I have come upon an interesting mirror circumstance when I look up into the walls that are covered with artistic renderings of notable Western authors (there is one from the East-Tagore). What do we have: Orwell, Nabokov, Joyce, Shelly, Wilde, Twain, Shaw, Dickinson, and as I previously noted: Tagore.

But the mirror occurrence as we are all sitting here drinking tea and metaphorically shifting through papers. Key word is metaphorically because we shift through documents on a thin laptop instead of physical papers. You would think the modern day equivalent would be authors on their laptops sipping from Kombucha filled plastic cups with green straws sprouting out. But let’s be honest who really thinks about authors these days? While we are all constantly scrolling down Facebook feeds and watching videos, binge watching Netflix original series, flipping through Snapchat stories, who honestly has time to open a book and read it? Even schools are beginning to acclimate themselves to this new reality of a commerce-centric world where praise for innovative and technocentric entrepreneurs is as ever present as immutable truths such as the rise of artificial intelligence and climate change.

Whatever happened to the appreciation for literary art? Did it die out with our warmth towards strangers as smartphones have replaced our need to force interactions with others? Or is it still alive through other multimedia forms aided by smartphone applications and social media news feeds?  If it is the latter then the democratization of the form has severely crippled its quality. In any case we must force a new intelligence on constituents of the form. The short videos must become more intelligent in their production. The quality of content must force us to think whether it be through laughter or some other reaction that leads to an emotional reaction. This production of mindless 6-12 second video shots that try so hard for a cheap laugh must be replaced by more complex video shots that force us to examine ourselves and the human condition. That is how we continue the tradition of the literary elites. This is how we maintain the quality of the painting of the human condition through the written form.

Because no one reads anymore, our writers need to create damn good video content.