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“We deserve it” rubs me the wrong way, sends chills up my spine, makes my skin crawl in the same way as chalk screeching on a chalkboard does.

As a consumer of art, television, literature, music, film, etc., enjoy it, love it, revel in it, relate to it, dislike it, critique it, but make no mistake, you do not deserve it. None of us do.

Artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, producers, creators do NOT owe you a specific storyline, lyric, romantic pairing, or plot.

They’re creators. They create. They imagine worlds that we get to enjoy or dislike. Places we can escape to, have opinions about, but still DO NOT DESERVE.

How entitled and selfish is that? To think you’re deserving of a creator, fanfic writer, producer, or actor to cater to your desires and will.

Reality check… disagree with something, like it, dislike it all you want, consume as much of whatever form of media is your vice, but your specific wants and desires–even if more than one person shares your viewpoint–still doesn’t DESERVE to be catered to.

You’re a consumer. We are consumers. We consume.

Unless you’re paying for a commission or signing paychecks every month as a patron of the arts, you don’t get to dictate what someone else creates. And even then you’re still not deserving of it, you’re a patron.

real talk about alicia clark in 3x05 for a second and how this arc of hers is actually a brilliant piece of storytelling like… 

if ftwd was a classic literature novel, your 11th grade english lit teacher would be lecturing on how alicia clark’s self-destructive spiral is an allegory for the millennial let down and apathy of the 21st century.

alicia clark grew up as an upper middle class millennial, in a nice suburb home, with a nice, seemingly well-rounded nuclear family. she and nick probably played little league soccer and have a box in the attic of old metallic plastic trophies.

she tuned out her world in favor of her ipod, lost herself in her studies because she was college would be the key to getting whatever she wanted out of life.

and now? all that pretty, painted ‘you can be whatever you want when you grow up! you can change the world!’ bullshit has been ripped away from her worldview and she sees the truth.

alicia clark could be a normal twenty-something going through her quarter crisis. useless college degree that put her tens of thousands of dollars in debt, dreams of saving the whales and ending world hunger crushed for the monotony of filing papers and learning microsoft excel.

english teacher’s lecture? all those zombies are corporate workers, dragging ass all day to get no where. lost in capitalism, in the draw of their cell phones. no recognition of the world around them, just consume, consume, consume…

alicia clark’s existential crisis is great television because it’s fucking relatable. all the pleasure has been sucked out her life in favor of survival. while she runs from zombies, we’ve got master’s-educated people working for minimum wage (or less). we’ve got brilliant young men and women who are always one mistake away from living on the streets or going without food this month. (or one congressman away from losing our health coverage for vital, lifesaving medications.)

it feels like it’ll never end. the struggle just brings more struggle. there’s little hope.

she tries drugs and sex and activities like cliff diving to feel something, to enjoy a moment in her miserable fucking existence. we… also do drugs and have sex and enjoy high-adrenaline activities lol, but additionally have the luxury of shit like enjoying our avocado toast and sending snapchat videos with silly dog filters and playing pokemon go for 8 hours a day, because if you can’t fucking get anywhere with the skills and degree that you worked on your whole life, at least you can smile for a moment when you finally evolve your bulbasaur.

idk, alicia clark’s existential crisis is brilliant and i’m loving it. rock on, my broken lil bean.

its amazing how such little things make me so upset and I never talk about them. But many little things lead to Big things and those big things broke me: slowly and painfully. My heart hurts for the people; i feel so helpless because i’m unable to help them. i feel insignificant in this small world because all i do is consume. consume people’s feelings, consume their good will, consume their intentions. what I give? toxic relationships and bad behaviour, words that shatter hearts over and over again. is this the result of my own actions? I’ll let myself fall… i think that’s the only thing i can give.


-kt

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@kazliin I suddenly imagined Viktor and Yuuri dancing to this tango, and when I listened to the song again I realised this was a song for your Viktor. So I translated it for you. 

Love is like Twitter’s bird, 
It makes us blue only for 48 hours. 
First we affiliate, then we follow each other, 
It makes us cracked and we end up on our own. 
BEWARE OF YOURSELF
And of everyone “liking” you, 
Fake smiles are often for hashtags, 
BEWARE OF YOURSELF
Ah friends, buddies or followers? 
You are in the wrong, you’re just popular. 

Beware of yourself if you love yourself,
Beware of me if I love myself,
 Beware of us, beware of them, 
Beware of all of you, and then it’s every man for himself, 

Chorus

And that’s how we love each other, love each other, love each other, 
And that’s how we consume each other, consume, consume… 
And that’s how we love each other, love each other, love each other,
And that’s how we consume each other, consume, consume…

Love is the child of consumption, 
It will always, always want more choice 
Do you want stolen feelings? 
Supply and demand as one and only law 
BEWARE OF YOURSELF 
But I already know the dangers of it, 
I kept my receipt and if I have to, 
I’ll go and exchange it 
BEWARE OF YOURSELF 
And if I have to, I’ll go and I’ll avenge myself, 
I’m putting that bloody bird in a cage 
I’ll make it sing, I will!”

Chorus

One day you buy yourself, one day you love
One day you throw away, but one day you pay,
One day, you’ll see, we’ll love each other,
But before that, we’ll all die like rats.

starters ; legend of zelda edition

❝ You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you? ❞
❝ The flow of time is always cruel… ❞
❝ It’s dangerous to go alone! ❞
❝ It’s a secret to everybody! ❞
❝ Well excuse me, princess. ❞
❝ Hey! Listen! ❞
❝ The wind… it is… blowing. ❞
❝ Do you now understand what I am? ❞
❝ What? Say something! Am I so beautiful you’ve no words left? ❞
❝ A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage. ❞
❝ The history of light and shadow will be written in blood! ❞
❝ Such stunning features! ❞
❝ Furious! Outraged! Sick with anger! ❞
❝ This news has filled my heart with rainbows! ❞
❝ Welcome to my castle. ❞
❝ I AM ERROR. ❞
❝ Wake up, sleepyhead. ❞
❝ Shadow and light are two sides of the same coin, one cannot exist without the other. ❞
❝ May we meet again in another life. ❞
❝ You shouldn’t have done that… ❞
❝ Your words are kind and your heart is true. ❞
❝ There! On the horizon! ❞
❝ I’m sorry! I overslept. ❞
❝ Did you forget? It’s your birthday! ❞
❝ The look on your face…priceless! ❞
❝ You are just my type. ❞
❝ What kind of monster would take such a sweet, young child? ❞
❝ Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? ❞
❝ You’d look like you’d be way too hot in those clothes… ❞
❝ I’ll be the good guy, and you be the bad guy. ❞
❝ So, you’re not absolutely stupid after all! ❞
❝ You must go forth on your own. ❞
❝ Together, we can take on anything! Right? ❞
❝ In case you’re wondering, yes, I know who you are. ❞
❝ I… I shall consume. Consume… consume everything… ❞
❝ The dream of fun is dead. ❞
❝ He must never be allowed to threaten the world again. ❞
❝ Please remember this song. ❞
❝ Did you ever realize how messy your hair was? ❞
❝ I found you! ❞ 
❝ Ha. Such conceit. ❞
❝ Believe in your strengths…believe. ❞ 
❝ Your true face… What kind of face is it? ❞  
❝ I thought you were a giant grasshopper! ❞ 

starters ; legend of zelda edition

otwilightprincess:

❝ You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you? ❞
❝ The flow of time is always cruel… ❞
❝ It’s dangerous to go alone! ❞
❝ It’s a secret to everybody! ❞
❝ Well excuse me, princess. ❞
❝ Hey! Listen! ❞
❝ The wind… it is… blowing. ❞
❝ Do you now understand what I am? ❞
❝ What? Say something! Am I so beautiful you’ve no words left? ❞
❝ A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage. ❞
❝ The history of light and shadow will be written in blood! ❞
❝ Such stunning features! ❞
❝ Furious! Outraged! Sick with anger! ❞
❝ This news has filled my heart with rainbows! ❞
❝ Welcome to my castle. ❞
❝ I AM ERROR. ❞
❝ Wake up, sleepyhead. ❞
❝ Shadow and light are two sides of the same coin, one cannot exist without the other. ❞
❝ May we meet again in another life. ❞
❝ You shouldn’t have done that… ❞
❝ Your words are kind and your heart is true. ❞
❝ There! On the horizon! ❞
❝ I’m sorry! I overslept. ❞
❝ Did you forget? It’s your birthday! ❞
❝ The look on your face…priceless! ❞
❝ You are just my type. ❞
❝ What kind of monster would take such a sweet, young child? ❞
❝ Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? ❞
❝ You’d look like you’d be way too hot in those clothes… ❞
❝ I’ll be the good guy, and you be the bad guy. ❞
❝ So, you’re not absolutely stupid after all! ❞
❝ You must go forth on your own. ❞
❝ Together, we can take on anything! Right? ❞
❝ In case you’re wondering, yes, I know who you are. ❞
❝ I… I shall consume. Consume… consume everything… ❞
❝ The dream of fun is dead. ❞
❝ He must never be allowed to threaten the world again. ❞
❝ Please remember this song. ❞
❝ Did you ever realize how messy your hair was? ❞
❝ I found you! ❞ 
❝ Ha. Such conceit. ❞
❝ Believe in your strengths…believe. ❞ 
❝ Your true face… What kind of face is it? ❞  
❝ I thought you were a giant grasshopper! ❞ 

moon soliloquy

i feel like a singularity, consuming consuming consuming, taking more than i could possibly give. i soak up adoration and thrive on hate and something inside me grows like a fucked up houseplant, inward and inward and inward, concaving into a vacuum.

i take up your sky, trying to refect your sun without allowing you to see it. i eclipse the thing that is all-consuming. i am becoming the absence of light, absorbing instead of shining.

mathematically speaking, when you multiply a negative with a positive your result will still be negative, but you keep arguing with fact by integrating good things into my equation and trying to prove the structure of the universe wrong. But here i am–turning your roses into this bleak landscape, internalizing your joy and twisting it, using you for feelings that are useless to me.

because if you pry my ribcage open, you wouldn’t find a chestful of flowers, and the beating heart would be an illusion, because in my soul i feel like an empty cavern, storing thoughts that my father keeps telling me to stop thinking and that the morning news experts inform me aren’t real

because my surface is the illusion of normal, painted with the right skincare and the perfect eyeliner and an understated smile

but if you knock on my chest softly, maybe you’ll hear the hollow.

Just a thought that came to me reading a few youtube comments. Thoughts about the end and if you wanna see the reunion sequence as real or not. And basically just thoughts about Silver and Flint.

Somebody was going on how they were disappointed in Silver betraying everyone like this, only because of his love for Madi. The men, the cause, Flint. They felt it was out of character to betray all of this after growing genuinely attached to the pirates, his men. But I would argue it’s not only about his love for Madi but also his love for Flint.

Because as the story goes on it’s not only Madi getting more important to him, he also grows closer and closer to Flint. So I think that in the end, however mad he is with Flint, however betrayed he feels or felt… he probably still loves him too much to just kill him (which he doesn’t if you go with that version). But he did end Captain Flint after all. And some people pointed out that it was probably hard for him to let Flint go. And some people also argue you could, if you’re so inclined, read it as Silver actually shooting Flint and telling Madi a lie. And silly as it may sound, I’m beginning to think it wouldn’t even make that much of a difference - in the way at least that in both scenarios he will have saved Madi from the war and ended Captain Flint/ freed James. Which both leaves him without Flint and with Madi maybe never truly forgiving him. 

Because for a long time I thought he was actually going to shoot Flint. And I felt as if Flint might have seen it coming and even welcomed it on some level. 

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer for BUST Magazine

“Our whole lives, we’re consuming, consuming, consuming, and now we’re putting stuff out to be consumed; it’s bizarre. It feels really important to us—we do take what we represent very seriously. Our goal in general is inclusion. Unless you’re, like, a fucking asshole. Then you don’t need to be at the party.”

- Ilana Glazer

Today I saw Mockingjay part 2, and something that didn’t strike me until later is the brilliance of Snow’s speech to Katniss. How he talks about how he’s not wasteful. Snow is president of Panem, a resident of the Capitol, in the center of the height of wastefulness. Everything in the Capitol is over the top, and thrown away. Everything means nothing, is never as good as the new thing. But Snow, the leader of it all, values not being wasteful. It’s because to him, the people being overly wasteful is not wasteful, it is a necessity. To keep his power, to keep their compliance, the people of the Capitol must be totally wasteful. As a distraction, to keep them placated. If they’re always worried about having the new thing, they’re not looking at what’s really going on in their country, and they’re not worried about what it took to make this new thing for them. The people of the Capitol don’t think about how much the districts are suffering so they don’t have to, so they can have too much. So they can consume, consume, consume. 

But it also serves another purpose. By always working to please the insatiable appetite of the Capitol, the districts are too busy toiling away at their jobs in order to barely survive to rise up against the Capitol. This system couldn’t work if the Capitol was ever satisfied. The moment the people of the Capitol stopped consuming, the districts would have time and energy to organize. 

President Snow is not wasteful because he sees how being wasteful distracts people, and uses wastefulness as a tool to control the masses.