Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When did you choose to be straight?

I like that video, and I was reminded of it when I read this fun questionnaire:

This questionnaire was invented in the early 70's to put people in the shoes of a gay person , but is also kind of fun in its own right . Check it out and you can post your replies. Also feel free to post this in your own blog, Myspace, crackbook, etc. as it is intentionally in the public domain.

1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?

2. When and where did you decide you were a heterosexual?

3. Is it possible this is just a phase and you will out grow it?

4. Is it possible that your sexual orientation has stemmed from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?

5. Do your parents know you are straight? Do your friends know- how did they react?

6. If you have never slept with a person of the same sex, is it just possible that all you need is a good gay lover?

7. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality... can’t you just be who you are and keep it quiet?

8. Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex?

9. Why do heterosexuals try to recruit others into this lifestyle?

10. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual... Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers?

11. Just what do men and women do in bed together? How can they truly know how to please each other, being so anatomically different?

12. With all the societal support marriage receives, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals?

13. How can you become a whole person if you limit yourself to compulsive, exclusive heterosexuality?

14. Considering the menace of overpopulation how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?

15. Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective? Don't you feel that he or she might be inclined to influence you in the direction of his or her leanings?

16. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you to change if you really want to.

17. Have you considered trying aversion therapy?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Everything, even blog posts, is a remix

So there's a fun video series (2 of 4 of which have now been produced) called Everything is a Remix. Its premise is that every form of art owes so much to previous works of art that calling it a remix isn't too much of a stretch. It calls into question our notions of "creativity" but in a good way: I don't think it's saying that creativity doesn't exist, but rather that it's not quite so isolated as we think. Anyways, here's the most recent installation in the series, about movies. Part I, about music, is here.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

I like this idea, and I think it's pretty true. It reminds me of a paper I wrote in college for a class on the detention of Japanese-Americans of the West Coast during World War II. Specifically, it was about Topaz, one of the camps they were sent to in desolate central Utah. Seeing the remains of the camp (which were minimal) and thinking of the forced removal of thousands of American citizens and loyal legal aliens reminded me of a song by The Nightwatchman (a.k.a. Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine fame) called No One Left, embedded below. My rough draft was subtitled No One Left, as I recall, and I may have quoted a line or two from the song. As my paper evolved (I love watching drafts do that, especially the interplay between the title and what you actually write, and vice versa), I moved away from the idea so that it wasn't explicitly mentioned, but it remained an inspiration. Just the fact that a song about 9/11 by a member of RATM inspired the beginning of a written document for a BYU class about Japanese-Americans strikes me as a good example of the Everything is a Remix ethos.

Have you ever remixed anything like that? I know my sister once wrote a philosophy paper about Calvin and Hobbes, I think that's a great example. Or what's your favorite movie/music/art remix (preferably non-overt)?