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#1 Jan 11 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Good
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Apparently people can't handle entertainment anymore...

I'm depressed that a large enough audience of people actually feel this way. Come on...upset about a imaginary world being intangible? That's like getting upset because there really isn't a Spider-Man in New York.

I saw Avatar for the first time this past weekend, in 3D, and while yes, I thought it was a fantastic movie worth every penny paid to watch in 3D...I haven't found myself upset about not being able to visit Pandora. I can understand after seeing the film, feeling "attached" in some way to the beauty of it all in a sense. But it's nothing I haven't seen imagined before in multiple mediums (ahem...floating mountains is nothing new, except apparently it is).

Sad excuse for being depressed? Or are these people actually experiencing some form of legitimate depression over Pandora being intangible? I call shenanigan's.
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#2 Jan 11 2010 at 3:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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It sounds to me more like depression over what could have been. Our culture has taken the route of dominating and devouring nature, while the culture depicted in Avatar is one of working alongside nature. People are getting depressed by believing that, if we were only more eco-friendly, we could be all happy like the Na'vi.

They forget that living without modern technology, depending on your wits to survive, well, sucks. You never know where your next meal could come from. You never know if you will make it to sunrise when you go to sleep. You might get eaten by something bigger and meaner than you. Injuries we consider insignificant, like a simple broken arm, might kill you.

I read a book recently, Dies The Fire, by S.M. Stirling, in which something happens that suddenly destroys all technology. Electricity doesn't work anymore, and neither does anything that could explode. No guns, no cars, no telephones, no computers... the world is plunged into chaos and disorder. The book follows two groups of people, one who become farmers and the other who are nomadic hunter-gatherers/mercenaries. The depictions of how difficult life can be without things we take for granted, like potable water and basic sanitation and health-care, is kind of eye-opening.

So, yeah, while I can sympathize with wishing for "simpler" ways of life, I also am way too much of a urbanite to really want to live in the trees and hunt for my food...
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#3 Jan 11 2010 at 5:57 PM Rating: Good
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Very interesting concept...but the article did give me a good laugh.

The guy in the picture, holding a pizza box...in a theater. Smiley: lol
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Electricity doesn't work anymore, and neither does anything that could explode. No guns, no cars, no telephones, no computers...


GD Communist made equipment! Smiley: mad
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#5 Jan 12 2010 at 5:07 AM Rating: Good
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Very interesting concept...but the article did give me a good laugh.

The guy in the picture, holding a pizza box...in a theater. Smiley: lol

My first thought, too. Second thought: "Why did they let that guy bring in a camera and tripod?" Then I realized that there had to be a second camera taking the picture of that camera, and my head asplode.
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#6 Jan 12 2010 at 8:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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Very interesting concept...but the article did give me a good laugh.

The guy in the picture, holding a pizza box...in a theater. Smiley: lol

My first thought, too. Second thought: "Why did they let that guy bring in a camera and tripod?" Then I realized that there had to be a second camera taking the picture of that camera, and my head asplode.


This, all of it, I agree.
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#7 Jan 16 2010 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I can see where people are coming from to an extent. I won't go as far as to say its depressing that its not real but It did kinda make me sigh when I came out of the theater and had to look at a ugly city with half melted snow.

IF only it had been released during summer time.
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