Sunday, July 04, 2004

The Age Without Imagination

Many who heard about the reason for Jack Ryan's dropping out of US Senate race can't cease to wonder about one thing. That man was able to do what many male fans of Star Trek: Voyager could only dream about. But that, apparently, wasn't enough for Jack Ryan. He had to share it with the rest of the world in the most graphic world possible and that wish, although unfulfilled, ultimately led to his downfall.

Jack Ryan is, actually, only the first one of many powerful and successful men who is going to experience similar fate or, at least, same kind of trouble.

Development of modern information technology and ability of modern media to satisfy even the most bizarre and the most depraved forms of human curiosity has left nothing to imagination.

John Ford's 1956 classic western The Searchers features the scene during which Ethan, character played by John Wayne, tries to explain what happened to some white women who had been taken as captives during Comanche raid. When finally confronted, he bursts out:

What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture? Spell it out? Don't ever ask me! Long as you live, don't ever ask me more.

In today's world Ethan couldn't enjoy this luxury. Today's media has learned new generations that they shouldn't use imagination. If there is everything someone wants to know, it must be followed by an image, whether this image consists of beheadings or fellatios.

In this world Jack Ryans are becoming aware that simply being married or in committed relationship with beautiful woman isn't enough to retain their Alpha Male status. The great unwashed masses are going to start demanding proof that their idols are able to enjoy their privileges.

Brouhahas created by Paris Hilton tapes and Severina Affair are only a sign of things to come. In the near future it would be impossible for a rock star or pop princess not to release sex videos.


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