The Old and the New – Does Any of It Really Matter?

I recently wrote an article about my disdain for Hollywood remakes and someone commented and said “I strongly suggest you step out of your age-ism and try really hard to recognize that the world we live in is not the one you grew up in.”

Well, clearly I’m aware that the world we live in is not the one I grew up in.  I’m not blind.  How “ageism” (correct spelling, by the way) has anything to do with my opinion that Hollywood, whether it’s movies or television, has failed to come up with original ideas is beyond me.  Summer blockbusters all seem to be formulaic adventures and, worse yet, television shows, particularly sitcoms, feature men who are immature doofuses.  It seems as if every show that’s even remotely original gets cancelled pretty quickly.  But what has that got to do with ageism?

I’m really not sure what this person was getting at, but anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t live in the past.  Yes, there are many things from the past that are worth preserving but I’m also glad that some things from the past are long gone.

I recall as a legal secretary having to use carbon paper to type an original and three copies of a multi-page Last Will and Testament without any mistakes on an electric typewriter.  Or an original and two copies of a letter on onionskin.  Not good.  Computers – good.

Black and white movies.  Good.  Movies in color.  Also good.  8-track tapes.  Not so good.  Digital music.  Good.

Disco (Dick Clark’s favorite music by the way) and music from the early 60s.  Great.  Rap.  Terrible.  Frank Sinatra. Very good.  Pitbull, LMFAO, Ne-Yo, and Usher. Also, very good.

Diagramming sentences taught me about sentence structure:  subjects, verbs and objects, prepositions and adjectives, gerunds and adverbs.  Good.  I doubt this is even taught in school today.  Far too many people can’t differentiate between “your” and “you’re” (one of my pet peeves) or “its” and “it’s.”  Not good.

Face to face conversations with people are a thing of the past from the looks of all the people sitting silently next to friends yet texting others.  Not good.

Email.  Good but not appropriate for every occasion.  Letter writing.  An absolute must for some occasions.

I often overhear young people talking today and many can’t even formulate a simple sentence.  Here’s an example of an answer given by a 12-year old being interviewed in a legal proceeding when asked “would that be the truth?” which required a yes or no answer.  “Well, yes…I mean like you have to say a different question if a question is like that it can be an opinion or something but I mean like you know like a question like if something ever happened or something like that.”  Six times she used the word “like.”  It’s as bad as saying “you know.”  Not good.

There was a time when finding yourself pregnant and unmarried was a very big deal – not in a good way.  Today, with no societal stigma attached, it’s not a big deal.  The fact that 40% of babies are born to unwed mothers is not a good thing for society, not good for the baby and not good for the mother.

A sense of shame kept us on the straight and narrow.  Modesty was once an admirable trait but from what I see nowadays, I doubt whether women even know the meaning of the word.

I was taught discipline and personal responsibility at a young age.  Good.  I don’t believe ethics and these virtues are emphasized enough today.  Not good.

Just because something is old doesn’t make it great nor does it make it bad and the same applies to something that’s new.  The person who commented on my article also suggested, “Leona needs to get unstuck, or she may miss something truly marvelous.”

I really don’t know what she meant by that either, but a recent death in my family has made what’s “truly marvelous” crystal clear to me.  Remakes of old Hollywood movies and the latest electronic contraptions are not important.

Utilizing technology like Skype, which was inconceivable not too long ago, to see my grand nieces and nephews across the United States is “truly marvelous.”  Good.  Recognizing how precious life is and that you’re “here today and gone tomorrow” is what really matters.  Good.  Spending what little time we’re given on foolishness is a waste of that precious commodity.  Not good.

 

That I get.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Berryraymond

    Hollywood writers are a favorite topic of mine.  The lack of good writers is the reason for the dirth of remakes.  It takes more time and effort to write a good, ” Twelve Angry Men” than it does to put together some of the garbage that they put out today.  The only thing that prevents more remakes is that most can’t pass the politically correct test.  The strange fact is that the higher the ticket price for movie theaters goes, the worse the films are that you see.  I can’t imagine anyone over the age of 40 buying a movie ticket today.

  • Chief98110

    It is amazing to me that 2 people can read the same posting and have 2
    completely divergent ideas about what you were trying to say.  I see
    this same thing when Bill O’Reilly reads letters from viewers commenting
    on his interview of a guest. One viewer will write, “you were rude ”
    while another will write, “You were pitching softballs”. Clearly, we
    humans filter our world  through our own prejudices and experiences.
    As
    a writer I am sure you know that you can never please all the people
    all of the time. Yet you have to wonder were they under the influence of
    a hallucinogenic when they read your article. Keep up the good work. 

  • Miltm13

    Leona,

    The list goes on:

    there-their-they’re

    to-too-two

    bare-bear

    brake-break

    These are just some of words I see even so-called professional writers misuse. Technology is sometimes great. The death of a language and thinking skills is never good.

    But now I have/half to tweet all my friends 2 tell them I just 8 2 ice cream cones & that was 2 much!

    • A Woman

      You prolly shuold do dat, knowwhatimsayin…,..

      tee hee hee

  • Ron F.

    The world we live in is not the one we grew up in and the fact that we may regret that some of the values are lost has nothing to do with ageism.  The world the commentator will live in 30 years from now will be much different than the world she is living in now.  It doesn’t mean values have to change although some changes in values hve been good.  I think there is much less racism today than there was 40 years ago.  In addition, women are treated much differently in the workplace.  The fact that we appreciate some things from the past, and wish they would not change, does not mean that we do not want the world to change.  I regret that children growing up today will never know the freedom my generation had growing up and activities were not so structured.  On the other hand I can appreciate that children today have opportunities that I did not have.  By the way, the fact that original shows do not seem to last long says more about public taste than it does about lack of cf creativity in Hollywood. 

  • Rick Johnson

    Thank you, Mrs. Salazar. Too often, I also ‘don’t get it’. On the other hand, I always ‘get’ your posts!

  • Michael

    Excellent response.  I still can’t believe the ignorance displayed in the comments you reference.