The first in an occasional “old man ranting” series of blog posts.
1. Modern pop culture is imbecilic, because focus grouping/ appealing to the demographics has sucked out all experimentation. People seeking success will only do things that are supposed guaranteed formulas, as laid out in this article about a screenwriting handbook everyone copies. Those focus groups are run by a mere handful of corporations who copy what each other do. It’s idiots leading idiots.
2. Past pop culture is awesome. History has made the weird weirder, the experiments more brave, but most importantly given context to sights and sounds that are not omnipresent today. The Beatles or Queen or Kubrick or Scorsese had enough faith in their work that an audience would exist for whatever they made, if they made it good enough. When you create, you can’t put the audience first, you’ll suffocate the work. Focus on making it great.
3. Sticking your tongue out is no way to get people to treat you like an adult.
4. The idea that a creative person should stick to one genre and be known for one thing is absolute nonsense from the “focus group” style of thinking. Any artist making worthwhile work that stands the test of time works in multiple mediums, changes and grows over the years. Michael Stipe, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Jim Henson, each the Beatles, Freddie Mercury, Bjork, Dennis Hopper, Elvis, Banksy, Ice T, and so on. Creative people need to make whatever they can, however they can, and not become mere factories for their own brand.