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I have had this exact rant when passing by the toy aisles in department stores. 
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The greatest value this movie has is as a window into the paranoid, solipsistic delusions of the modern American right-wing evangelical martyr complex.  Everyone who isn't Christian is a mustache-twirling caricature of a villain.  The Christians are all victims, and everyone else is either secretly a believer or outright evil.

The whole premise is idiotic.  An atheist is not going to declare that "God is Dead".  An atheist is more likely to say "God Doesn't Exist, and Never Did".  It's not like atheists think there was a God but there isn't now; they believe (and, for the record, I'm not an atheist) that the very idea of God is, and has always been, a matter of fiction.  I have never in my life met a professor who tried to force their students to declare religious inclinations one way or another, and most are more than likely going to avoid the topic altogether because it's an absolute conversation killer and will derail all attempts to talk about anything else.

What I have encountered is Christian students (and professors) who feel the need to interject their religious doctrine into every single discussion, every class, every topic, and if anyone so much as rolls their eyes that student will decide that they are being persecuted for their beliefs.

So, yeah.  No thanks.  If I want to know about the travails of campus Christians, I'll finally accept one of the pamphlets the praise groups incessantly shove in everyone's faces every time I try to get from one building to another.
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I adore this song and everything else Moist did.  I really hope they finally put together a new album now that they're touring again. 
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moist IS 90's music!
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Apparently we don't know the difference between a "lie" and "a simplification".  Calm down.  
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Other good words related to simplification: reductionism, generalisation, induction.
Related to lie: certainty, belief, interest, ideological paradigmatic bias or phillosophical assumptions...

From 'simplification' the general public have the impression that science can give knowledge of all and everything, which of course is impossible for epistemologic reasons. It can only describe sensible or measurable things and interpret them according to some philosophical worldview.

I think reality is beyond the current scientific and philosophical paradigms and methods. We are using just what is 'pratical' and works for the moment. And this has social and human consequences.
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And then he met Slendy...
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This was a fantastic analysis, and the only counter-argument I would raise is that I saw Debbie's weakness as a villain as a strength in the movie.  The story subverts the villain by turning what would have been menacing in any other franchise into a foil for the Addams' antics.  

She's arguably the perfect wife for Fester - murderous, violent and batshit crazysauce, and as such you could read the plot not with Debbie as the villain, but the consumer society she has been entranced by.  She's only horrified because she thinks she's supposed to be horrified.  At least, that's the kind of mental contortion that I use to justify loving the movie.  

In fact, the otherwise throw-away gag at the end - her hand coming out of the ground - hints that she has finally integrated fully with the rest of the clan.  (Which, though, now that I think of it - how does that even work when she was clearly left a smoldering pile of ash?)
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the hand was probably Thing
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I fell in love with the song just hearing it on the radio, but my God this video is amazing. New favorite artist. 
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I would argue it's possible to both understand what's going on and also be amused by the over-the-top acting and hilariously exaggerated body movements.  Arguing that we shouldn't find humor in this is pretentious snobbery at its finest.  Yes, we get that it's "authentic", but that doesn't mean that in a modern context it isn't also funny as hell. 

45:15 is how I react to badly written student papers about the Greek Tragedies.  ^_^
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I agree. I'd prefer to see it in as close to it's original form as possible. I like that they overact, because we can't see their facial expressions.
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I adore the revelation over time in this song.  Also the confluence of geekeries with Vi Hart and Rothfuss.  
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TL;DR - There's nothing superior about the Boomers.  Also, the 1930s and the 1980s are not the same generation, so bitter Gen-Xers who post shit like this are doubly stupid. 
So, I keep seeing this condescending bullshit shared almost exclusively by Republicans, and it pisses me off more every time I see it, because it's utter nonsense on every level, and kindof sums up everything I hate about thi...
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I love these.  Yes, people, we know they're fake.  For the love of God, relax.  I just kindof assume this is some guy having fun making silly/scary videos with his kid or something.  
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I think that's just what happens when you use IE.  Chrome blocks that shit.
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I am a first year PhD student in History of Science at UC San Diego; got my BA in History at UMD this May.  My interests are ranged across cybernetics, technology, the social sciences, gender and sexuality, and philosophy.  

On a personal level, I'm interested in tempering optimistic visions of the future with a careful understanding of the social, cultural and linguistic structures that create unequal access to said futures, and various historical attempts to create or foster a "universal" understanding of scientific knowledge, as seen through a class-conscious lens.
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