It seems that Etsy have 3d printed Frankenstein style light switches that you can get. I suggested them to my wife but I was told no. First I can’t get a Han Solo in Carbonite fridge and now this. Will the injustice ever end?
Dr. Leonard Peikoff has an interesting lecture where he compares the most abstract of modern art and schizophrenia: http://www.peikoff.com/2015/04/06/is-there-a-connection-between-schizophrenia-the-low-point-of-the-human-mind-and-culture-the-height-of-human-achievement/
What do you think?
Excellent spiritual look at the life of Leonard Nimoy from The Geek Girl Project:
The Coptic Christian’s murdered by ISIS in their gruesome public beheadings were added to the Coptic Churches list of Martyrs and the icon pictured above was done to commemorate their martyrdom. Check out the whole story.
You might ask what this has to do with SuperversiveSF, i’m not sure, but this is important and worth mentioning. I hope I have the courage to die as bravely as these brothers in Christ when my time comes.
Vox has an interesting article up asking why Christian movies are so universally awful. You can read the whole thing here and it is mainly discussing 50 shades of Grey and the christian alternative to it Old Fashioned, the main selling point of which seems to be, “We definitely aren’t 50 shades of Grey”.
The deeper question it asks though, is why this sort of christian film making, music and all the rest is so universally awful. I’m slightly surprised over all because I would have thought the answer would be obvious. This sort of “christian” art production tends to be awful for the same reason that SJW art tends to be awful. They each have a message they want to push and they will sacrifice everything about good story telling to making sure they force feed you the message. The messages are obviously different but the underlying problem is the same, they are making propaganda not art.
A good deal of contemporary Christian art is predicated on the sacred/secular divide: As Christian film critic Alissa Wilkinson noted, “Christians, and evangelicals in particular, have been really, really prolific in making pop culture products that parallel what’s going on in mainstream cultural production.”
To illustrate this point, Wilkinson references a poster many ’90s Evangelicals will remember quite well: the “If you like that you’ll love this” chart. The chart features two columns. The first reads, “If you like that.” It contains the names of secular bands. The second reads, “You’ll love this.” It contains — you guessed it — Christian bands with similar, if sanitized, sounds.
If the chart were around today, it might say “If you like YouTube, you’ll love GodTube,” or “If you like Twitter, you’ll love Gospelr.” Or “If you like — and/or abhor — S&M sex, then you’ll love this movie about chastity.” These artistic replacements are intended to satisfy the Christian’s cravings for the secular, harmful version.
The end result is that the Christian product seems like a knock-off, a cheap alternative.
It isn’t problematic that Christians “borrow ideas” from Hollywood and put their own spin on them. Every film genre does this. But given the Christian doctrine of creation, it is certainly surprising that so many Christian filmmakers — and artists in general — would choose to mimic someone else’s vision, rather than cultivate their own.
It’s surprising because, in Christian theological terms, God is not the one who makes knock-offs. In the opening chapters of the Bible, God creates the universe, and he tells Adam and Eve to enjoy it all — except for that one tiny tree over there. It’s Satan who comes along with a counterfeit offer: What did God really say? Did he really give you true freedom? He may have given you a garden, but I’ll give you an apple. If you like that, you’ll love this.
Can you tell the difference between art produced by a child and a modern artist? Business insider has a quiz up that asks you to Guess what art sold for at auction comparing modern art works to childs art projects. Can you tell the difference? Most of the questions have 3 options so a chicken should score about 30% just guessing. Can you do better?
Art is selling for record prices these days. Christie’s recently held the biggest art auction ever, selling half a billion dollars worth of art in a single evening.
But look through the auction results, and you may find yourself scratching your head.
In this quiz, we’ll test your art savvy: Some of these works are incredibly valuable, while others were posted by the proud parents of grade-school children on Flickr. Can you tell which are which?