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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pierwalker Log: May 22, 2019

Writing start: 9:57 A.M.
Finish: 2:40 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 700
Edited (est.): 9500
Tasks

1. Failure: Off

2. Book Three Melody: Fourth primary edit of chapter fifteen

3. Angel: Book Three: 500 new words
Notes: Details!

4. Random Chance Book Two: Fourth primary edit of chapter two

5. Port Story: 200 new words
Notes: Slow-going.

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Off

7. Rumpel: Off

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit One): First secondary edit of part one
Notes: It's been a long time coming, these deep edits!

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: We're going to see Aladdin Friday. It's yet another example of what I was talking about yesterday. The reviews are almost universally bad: the three percent have been very loud about this film for some time now. It seems "the world"--that is, the three percent who more often than not successfully convince us that they are the world--hates Will Smith. Hates.

I've seen this before. Right now, Keanu Reeves is the talk of the town. But I can clearly remember just a few years ago when he was derided, by all accounts, everywhere and by everyone. But it wasn't everywhere, and it wasn't everyone. Just that lousy three percent with their biggest megaphone. I've seen it happen time and time again. I mean, sitting here, I believe I can name names without even doing any research: Paul McCartney, Mark Hamill, Madonna, Celine Dion, David Letterman, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Cyndi Lauper, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery ...

(Note: I myself am not a fan of several of these celebrities. I purposely named those to contradict those of you thinking that I'm just getting upset because the three percent are going after ones I like. Alas, such isn't the case.)

And the herd, being the herd, just assumes it's true: that these people really do suck. No one bothers considering that such probably isn't so. Sometimes, as in the case, say, of Mel Gibson or Kevin Spacey or Kanye West or Matt Lauer, it is so. But maybe with a little reflection you'll realize that it wasn't the lousy-assed three percent who called them out, but an outraged, sane, larger percentage of regular folks who did. The trolls go silent when their estimable and execrable heroes are brought into the light. As trolls are wont to do.

Social media is specifically designed to take negative messages and inflate and inflame them. This is so because hateful jackasses like Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk know that such messages make them far richer far faster than positive, life-affirming ones. It's the old journalistic maxim If it bleeds it leads taken to a hyper-perverse level.

Hey--Aladdin may suck. That's entirely possible. The last installment of How to Train Your Dragon certainly did, which was a huge surprise to both Kye and I, who ranted about the damned ending of that franchise for weeks. (Notably, the three percent had nothing to say about it.) But if Aladdin sucks, I seriously doubt it'll be the fault of Will Smith.



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