Remember when just having fun or being entertained was acceptable? In recent years, a strange myth has started going around that having fun is for kids and “immature” men. That once you’ve reached the arbitrary age of adulthood, you’re no longer allowed to indulge in entertainment for entertainment’s sake. That past a certain age, you’re no longer allowed to explore magical lands with knight and wizard or fly a ship into the endless universe to fight aliens and evil empires. Instead, every movie you watch, every show you binge, and every book you read has to have some extra meaning. They must be political or social commentary or parody. And if you dare to enjoy something with no strong underlying message, then it’s considered “juvenile” or “mindless.” This, of course, is a lie.
People need time to de-stress, to take a break from reality, especially in times of turmoil. The era of pulp fiction reached its golden age during the 1920s and the 1930s. In other words, during the aftermath of World War I and during the Great Depression. I think I’d label those two-time frames periods of turmoil, wouldn’t you?
The world of 2018 is one where the people are given something new to be outraged about every day. The media feeds the populace how they should act, and think, and speak. The people are told what opinions to have and what to hate and when to hate them. It’s a hectic world out there. And to make it worse, a horde of nut-jobs are demanding that “everything be political.” They want video games to tell you how racist you are. They want shows to tell you how sexist you are. They want movies to tell you how the things you loved were terrible and offensive. They want creators to tell you how wrong and immature you are for wanting something entertaining without having to filter out gobs of political propaganda. Everything from Star Wars to Doctor Who to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Neil Armstrong have been injected with far-left politics.
The Great Depression was a hard time for most Americans, but they could escape into the overwhelming flood of pulp novels. Imagine if a worker spent all day dealing with the fallout of market collapse and then picking up favorite pulp magazine only to find endless stories about the market collapse. Imagine reading about the economy of the mountain dwarves collapsing or how the spaceman can’t find a job because his employer closed shop. People can only take in so much of a subject before they start rejecting it for something else, and that includes reality. That’s why escapist fiction, and fiction intended for entertainment purposes only, is not only important…it’s necessary.
Maybe that’s why so many shows and movies are failing so spectacularly (along with being plain terrible.) People are tired of left-wing politics being forced down their throats. I mean, it’s saturated the market. Imagine encountering a salesman and rejecting his wares only to have him repeat his presentation. Then you read a book, and the main characters give the same presentation for the same wares as if they were paid celebrities shilling a product. Then you toss the book away to go see the movie only to literally see a paid celebrity playing a hero who pushes the same product as the product good people buy and evil people reject. So you go to video games only to have the main character you play and the story you’re playing through pushes the same product as a tool for the righteous and a bane for the villain. And then imagine getting fired from your job for not liking these things. That’s what modern media has become…just one big multi-platform commercial for left-wing politics.
That’s why there needs to be a media revolution. Indie creators are more in demand than ever. People are tired of the constant politics and propaganda. They want something they can turn to that won’t mention social issues or what you’re supposed to be angry at today. Pulp fiction bettered the lives of countless people during the Great Depression because it satisfied the public demand for escapism and entertainment. That’s why I think now is the best time for pulp fiction to make a return. For the sake of our own sanity, let make a pulp revolution an exciting reality.
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