Unsatisfying instant gratification

We live in a society that demands instant gratification, it’s became far too easy to have everything immediately.

I have to be honest, I am a part of it, I’m very impatient, I want everything and I want it straight away. However this is cropping into all aspects of life, we are diluting the disturbing truths that make up our emotions.

My favorite film is ‘Wild at Heart’ The film was directed by David Lynch and based on the book by Barry Gifford. The book, written at a time when patience was a virtue is a telling tale of romance and heartbreak.

The movie is the same, only without the heartbreak, in the ending they stay together, but why? Why shield the public from the truth, that life doesn’t work out? Because heartbreak doesn’t sell anymore, not to the masses who need instant gratification from their films. If you watch a sad film you are left upset and it isn’t until the next day you really enjoy the film.

I wonder how Gifford felt about his ending being changed so dramatically, with them tacking on a scene where they do end up together does this not change the entire context of his work, his first publication that made him. I wonder how much money it took for him to sell out and wave good bye to his principals.

What I want to know is when did Hollywood buy the rights to our emotions? When did we allow them to shield us from the horrors of angst? When did we all sell out?

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One response to “Unsatisfying instant gratification

  1. 22 August 2010 12:08
    I googled this film:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_at_Heart_(film)

    and read that Gifford did not mind the change of ending though he knew the critics – and there seems to be lots of them – desperately wanted him to do so.

    Viv Moghal

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