The other day, as I was watching Mr. Robot, he went into one of his epic asides where he goes on rants about society and, as usual, it was if he spoke my mind. So many times has he said things that I believe that it’s almost startling at this point. Has someone been monitoring my messages and sending them to the show’s creators? I’m starting to wonder. Anyway, in this rant, he goes off on some of the many things that bother him about contemporary society. Check it out below.
Yeah, that’s some heavy stuff. Welcome to the inner workings of my mind most of the time. The first half of that rant is what I want to focus on, though. The fact that we have worshiped Steve Jobs and that all of our heroes seem counterfeit. Think about it for a second. Doesn’t it feel that he has a point? It’s not just Steve Jobs, either. It’s the fact that people like Taylor Swift are who teenage girls are looking up to. This is someone who has made an entire career off of writing songs about her ex’s. Meanwhile, those who care more about the art of music and crafting songs that are more than catchy, generic garbage get pushed to the side. This is the society we live in.
Not a good enough example? How about the wonderful example of that “power couple” in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. I’ll be the first to admit that there was a time that I really enjoyed Kanye West and his talent, but these days he’s so full of himself and his ego that he’s the definition of narcissism. Yet there are songs about people wanting to be just like him. Why? Is it because, inherently, we want to be so rich that we can be narcissistic d-bags ourselves? I’ll let you be the judge. Don’t even get me stated about Kim Kardashian and her family, either. Just accidentally flipping on their show for a second makes me lose brain cells. I don’t want to hear someone say that she’s “made an empire with her assets,” either. You get handed everything in life and then get complemented for making money out of money? Wow, incredible.
If that still doesn’t have you convinced, let’s look at our wonderful choices that we have for Leader of the Free World this year. What do we see here? Corruption and another narcissist? Nice! I just love hearing people say “I can’t wait to have our first female president!” New flash, folks: It doesn’t matter what your gender is if you’re a terrible human. Yet there are millions of people out there brainwashing the next generation of young women into thinking she’s some kind of second coming of the Messiah. No, no, parents of the world. If I hear you telling your kids anything like that I won’t hesitate to set you straight. That women is EVERYTHING wrong with our country’s Democratic process. Yet many still worship her. Why?
Well, good thing your ol’ buddy Matt is here to set the record straight for you. The reason why these people are so idolized and worshiped is because they’re constantly stuck in our faces. Look at the nightly news. Make sure not to miss Inside Edition to give you the latest in celebrity gossip! This is the garbage that’s stuck in our faces over and over and over again until they’re so ingrained into people’s minds that they can’t help but think about it. It’s easy to let the media tell us what to think. It’s comfortable and easy rather than thinking about the harsh realities that may consume us. Watch that video from Mr. Robot again and see how the pieces of the puzzle fit so well together.
So, now that I’ve gotten that rant out of the way, you may be asking “well, how do we fix this?” As usual, it’s not going to come with a simple solution. We, as a society, have to change the settings of who we put in high regard and who’s feeding us our information. Programming that teaches us rather than keeps us entertained needs to take the place on prime time. Sure, there’s still a market for entertainment and art in our culture, and we should definitely still cover that, but it shouldn’t be the only thing that’s on the major networks at night. People like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson need to take the places of the mindless celebrities that are currently worshiped. When kids are looking up to scientists again, that’s how we know we’ve set things straight.
Maybe it might not be so crazy to think that there are forces at work who want to keep us distracted? Maybe it’s just the natural way things have progressed because we’ve allowed it. Either way, we need to change it because the next generation is going to need to be inspired by people of real intelligence and not those trying to write music about their ex’s or trying to “break the internet” with a certain part of their anatomy. Just a thought.
What do you think? Are our priorities straight? Let us know in the comments below.