äppärät that can perform any task from recording video to informing you of the financial status of every person you come into contact with at any moment in the day. Almost every person in the world is connected on a social network called GlobalTeens that lets them chat acronyms like JBF (just butt f#!@ing) to each other. And last but not least, this futuristic America is one where the controversial president Rubenstein of the Bi-Partisan Party (because that is the only political party in Lenny's America) has launched an attack on Venezuela that has made the U.S. the black sheep of the world, not to mention unleash a deluge of antisemitism. The American debt to China is so horrible that now every dollar in yuan-pegged, and the American Restoration Authority handles the immigration issue with a benevolent otter whose catch-phrase is "Howdy, Pad'ner." This America, as the current American entertainment industry does, struggles under the conflict of positive ideas blown into exuberant proportion: a snare that all too many systems can become engulfed in.Lenny's America is one where around every one's neck is a pebble-sized device called an
One of the earliest and best-remembered instances when a true story was converted into an award-winning piece of entertainment was The Sound of Music, which still possesses a well-deserved spot in the American cinema canon. Action movies involving super heroes have been a hallmark of the cinema; Richard Donner's Superman of 1978 featured the classic features of fighting to all odds against "The Bad Guys" and a studly protagonist that ends up with a woman who is randomly weaved into the plot. And as for television shows featuring the over-dramatized inner workings of law firms? The one that is probably the most prominent in memory is NBC's Law and Order, which premiered in 1990 and spawned about one thousand other legal dramas. Now all of these films and television series were appealing and creative when they were born, but after an exuberant amount of films and television series that use those same ideas in alternate stories have been released, the ideas aren't that creative anymore. They are old, overused, and make the entertainment industry travel in a cumbersomely cyclic pattern that causes some Americans to lose interest. Well, some is the key word in that phrase; most Americans treat every new copy-cat film or series with the same enthusiasm as they treated the original with. Others are so frustrated and exasperated that they just decide to immerse themselves in the "entertainment" anyway, ignoring their feeling that each each of these works of the screen is just an extension of a super-sized, original notion.
So what do I hope all of us can take away from this comparison? Original, marvelous, and creative ideas are absolutely excellent when they are moderately used, but that is not the case when these same ideas are blown into a ridiculous proportion. We must limit how we use innovation and creativity, for too much of a good thing is ultimately bad. Don't pour the whole bottle of exquisitely-smelling vanilla into the bowl-just a teaspoon is all that is necessary to make those oatmeal cookies be the best-tasting batch at the Christmas Party. Don't permit the president to culminate the State of the Union address with a cordial but inappropriate "TTYL." Don't be entertained by the same species of movie that your one-toothed great grandpa was enthusiastic about when he had a full set of pearly-whites and a mop of rich, amber hair to go with it. For in the end, the majority is who can choose whether a trend will continue and die, and it is our duty to viciously care about doing so.