Pleasantville

 

Gary Severson on April 9, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

Gordon, here are some thoughts about your fascinating use of the film Pleasantville in relation to Christ’s resurrection. I’m trying to get my head around what seems to be the spread of “Pleasantvilles” across the US and around the world. As the world rationalizes/industrializes it loses the inherent spirit contained in being being human and, as you say, the “living through” all of the emotions present at the death and resurrection.

For me the question becomes, do we desire “Pleasantville” as our natural habitat or is it a manufactured desire? The spirit that lives in us as divine creatures can be seen by some as a dangerous thing to be dispersed/neutered and therefore controlled.

Is the “magic remote” controlling television in Pleasantville really more than a backdrop for what we call Pleasantville or is it the tool used to induce the desire for what it does provide for the masses. Even the use of the Don Knotts character, the impotent cop from the other Pleasantville, Mayberry, is a way to show that even the incompetent small town cop can be potent by being the expert at providing an emotional reality, although only a virtual one.

We want the emotions existent in the death and resurrection but the developing world culture we are imbedded in can’t allow Christ’s vision to be “lived through” by his followers. Desire/emotions must be rationed so as not to become the dominant reality for the world. The new screen medias of all kinds are the techniques used to create a horizon to horizon Pleasantville. IOW, a world of “virtual” emotion.

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3 responses to “Pleasantville”

  1. gordoncstewart says :

    Gary, Got back last night from a week in CA. Kay broke her leg on the stairs going to the car as we were leaving for the trip. I’m just now going through emails. Your comment about the proliferation of Pleasantville is right on target. It deserves close scrutiny from historians, anthropologists, philosophers. social psychologists, criminologists, economists, and, of course, theologians. I’ll be thinking about your question. “Is the ‘magic remote’ … realliy more than a backdrop for what we call Pleasantville or is it the tool used to induce the desire for what it does provide for the masses? Maybe the Don Knotts character is what we all long for… virtually…in the old sense of the word ‘virtual’.

    • spearman3004 says :

      Gordon, sorry it took so long to approve your comment about Pleasantville. I just started the blog on the spur of the moment 3 weeks ago and wasn’t clear about my responsibility to approve comments.

      I think my interest in starting a blog was spurred by that French philosopher I mentioned to you, Bernard Stiegler, that I met @ the UM a mth. ago. He is all about analysing the meaning of all forms of media and taking them over to create new ways for individuation to happen in our culture. IOW we need to prevent Pleasantville from becoming the norm for individuation processes and instead re-engineer social medias to make them a powerful tool for creating community. As it is B. Stiegler says the “war for intelligence” is being won by the oligarchy/plutocracy as they find more & more sophisticated ways to colonize & commodify our consciousness.

      • gordoncstewart says :

        I understand. Kay and I were just watching Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” – a sorry chapter of American history that found its way into prominence once again in the mid-20th Century and continues to this day. Oligarchic/plutocratic interests continue “to colonize and commodify our consciousness.”

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