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  • feedwordpress 01:11:53 on 2017/01/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , entertainment, , , movies, , , , television   

    It’s time for Christians and conservative to end our addiction to Hollywood 

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    A decade ago, I received a job offer in southern California. The money was much better than I was making in Oklahoma, but the cost of living essentially made it a wash. What prompted me to move my family to the left(wing) coast away from conservative Oklahoma was Hollywood. I had a screenplay that was nearly finished and having access to Hollywood an hour away made pitching it much easier.

    In other words, I wanted to be part of Hollywood. No, I wasn’t into the glitz or the glamour. I’ve always enjoyed good storytelling and creativity was being stifled in favor of unnecessary sequels (everything was about franchises back then) and horrific reboots. I had a winner that was almost complete and Hollywood needed a fresh voice. I was going to give it to them.

    Life happened. I advanced in my job much faster than expected, gaining partial ownership of the company in less than a year. With my new partners, we formed another company, sold it along with the first company, and it became clear that my dreams of revamping Hollywood needed to go on hold while I built another company. Today, I have a great screenplay that I’m confident could get bought. It will never be seen by anyone in Hollywood. Living here for a decade and watching the leftward lurch of the industry made me realize that I no longer want to be a part of that world.

    It’s not just the politics and lack of creativity. The rampant militant atheism that was once quietly chuckled about behind the scenes has emerged as a blatant badge of honor worn by so many. There are notable exceptions such as Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, but the fact that they’re notable for being willing to discuss their faith is a testament to the heathen nature of the entertainment industry.

    Tonight, while much of America watches the Golden Globes, I will be busying myself with work. It’s not easy for many of us that loved Hollywood in the past to avoid this staple of life distractions, but it’s something that needs to be done. Christian conservatives in particular should do what we can to find new pastimes instead of supporting the people who oppose most of what we believe. They promote “tolerance” while demonstrating very little of their own when it comes to conservative responsibility or Christian morals. They demand “justice” to be served while condoning lawlessness at the border. They tell us they won’t support the President of the United States before he’s even sworn in while giving tearful goodbyes to the most failure-laden leader in American history.

    With all this, so many of us still pay good money to see them perform. No more. I’m done. That’s not to say that I’m boycotting movies and television. I’m simply going to be extremely selective. I’d rather see a good movie with a conservative message than an award-winning liberal flick. It’s not going to be easy since there are no “Christian conservative movie ratings” apps that I know of (someone should build one or let me know if there’s one already). I’ll have to go with my gut and read reviews of trusted conservatives. To that end, I will also try to put some reviews of my own up on this site when I find shows that are worthy. No promises – I haven’t seen very many this year that fall into that category, but now that I’m looking, hopefully more will come available.

    Christian conservatives often rail against the liberals and atheists in Hollywood, then we support them with our dollars and watch their awards shows. It probably won’t change any time soon, but if there’s a way to make them change, it’s by supporting those who are ideologically aligned with us and avoid those who are not. That doesn’t give us many options, but it’s better than encouraging their agenda by buying tickets to their shows.

  • feedwordpress 14:01:15 on 2014/01/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Sherlock, television   

    Has Social Media Impacted “Sherlock?” 

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    The work that is created by fans of a particular show can be a strong creative outlet. If the show, movie, or what have you is engaging enough, chances are that a select number of people will be driven enough to create works of their own based off of it. Everything from graphics to stories can be created but it seems like the latter became a subject worth talking about as of late. In particular, it is the collection of stories based off of the British TV series, “Sherlock.”

    Based off of the crime/mystery series of the well-known detective, “Sherlock” earned a strong following from its start in 2010 to now. The show is about to begin its third season on the 19th in the United States but what’s just as impressive is the creativity – and the vocal opinions – of the show’s fan base. Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat spoke about the claim that the show pulled its ideas from microblogging social website, Tumblr.  At the recent BAFTA screening, Moffat addressed a member of the audience on the matter.

    “No, we don’t get our plotlines from Tumblr,” Moffat said. This does not mean that he hasn’t visited the site at all. He made it a point to mention that he did visit the site once before and joked that it seemed like, “…a place where people who really want to kill me gather.” As those who work within a social media agency can attest to, when one’s work is out in the public, they are exposed to criticism from all sides. The fact that “Sherlock” has not only drawn criticism but immense praise has seemingly only left Moffat with satisfaction.

    Moffat took the creation of fan fiction and the like based off of “Sherlock” in stride, which should be the case. This is evidence that there are people who enjoy the show and its many characters, turns in the story, and what have you. However, like with any show, there will always be fans that are turned off by a particular episode or storyline and believe that they can do better. While their stories may not reach the eyes of PBS executives, the fans can still showcase their work on Tumblr, in addition to other platforms where fans roam.

    While it doesn’t have the same scale as Twitter, for instance, Tumblr is still a community that houses fans of various shows. “Sherlock” is easily one of the most popular and I have to believe that it’s because of this show that fans can create their own concepts. Yes, they may start off writing stories about finding clues and seeking culprits but what happens if their creativity is given fewer binds?

    This is when more “creative responsibility” – in the words of Moffat – is seen.

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