I know we always think that things were better before and that the more nostalgic we get, the better things seem to have been. But, I don’t think this is a case of nostalgia getting the better of me.
We seem to live in such a disposable world in which everything is packaged up for instant gratification, and then we move onto the next big thing.
Take the cinema. More and more frequently I come home from the cinema feeling disappointed at what I saw. Too often it was just a CGI laden boom fest, low on plot, high on adrenalin, little to no quality acting and after a couple of hours, I can’t remember what was the plot? For example, I know I have seen Mission Impossible IV, but I couldn’t tell you what it was about. I know they were in the Middle East somewhere for some part of the film, and Tom Cruise was dangling outside a building, but other than that, I have no clue.
When was the last time you went to the cinema and came home raving about a movie, the plot, the quality of the acting, or the dialogue? Personally I can’t remember.
The cinema was one of my favorite pastimes, but now it just feels crap. Don’t agree with me? Just go and watch a couple of Paul Newman films and you will see exactly what I mean.
It’s not just movies either. I am a very big sports fan. But, there is so much sport on TV now, and so many channels peddling it. So many talk shows, interviews, opinions, etc. that it feels like sports have taken a back seat to the presenters and their opinions. No sooner is the Superbowl, NBA Play-Offs, World Series over that they were being spoon-fed the next serving of drivel being spouted by these sports presenters.
It like there is no time to savour the moment, it’s just onto the next. Also, with the battle for TV ratings, and to appeal to non-sports fans, it feels like many sports have been artificially made more exciting. Look at football, it’s a throwing fest with the scores of 35-33, high scoring, but very dull. So much so that many games become forgettable and just blend into one another.
And don’t get me started on food. I love good food, but it seems that everything is bad for us. It’s the wrong fats, not enough fat, it’s low fat but too much sugar, it’s zero sugar, but the sugar replacements are bad for us. I have no clue what is good or bad for me anymore; it seems to change on a daily basis and I just can’t keep up with it.
The food choices I just don’t see as inspiring either. The more and more ingredients and flavours we add, the more everything tastes like everything else.
I’m also sick of restaurant chains, all peddling the same menus wherever you go. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a McDonalds in the UK, US or Ukraine; a Big Mac is a Big Mac.
Wasn’t it better before we had the chains, and each restaurant offered different menus, admittedly some were good, some were bad and some were downright awful, but at least it wasn’t the mass produced stuff that’s tastes the same each and every time we eat it. We had some variety, now it all just tastes like the same crap.
I know that as we get older we have a tendency to turn into grumpy old men who will complain about anything and everything, but actually, I think Cinema, Sports and Food, to name just three things have a case to answer.
What do you think?
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