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Journalism As It Is

16 Jun

Let’s start with saying that no profession is a cakewalk. But they say we can be happy doing what we truly love to do, no matter how complicated or challenging it can get.

Journalism is considered to be one of the most interesting but at the same time the most difficult professions.

The reason why I’m writing all this is to express my negative point of view about the profession that I’m going to choose.

You are free to disagree with me but I think that journalism is too dependent. If you work for some magazine or a TV company, you are expected to consider the policy of the employee. There is no way you can do what you want when people who hire you have an individual format and they fight for it. For example, you will have to do an exactly that kind of a reportage you are expected to do. You will have to study the previous work of the institution you work for and put into practice this or that pattern. Things can go really crazy: the editor can either transform your article beyond recognition or give you his own words to write so the work could match “the pattern”. I consider this way of a journalists’ work to be wrong and irrational. First of all it excludes journalism from the list of creative professions. Obviously creative work, or art which it is, can’t exist without freedom of choice and creative individual thinking. Also there is no chance a professional writer, a journalist can grow up in his field being stuck in one unchangeable format. You can’t broaden your mind or change for better if all you do is follow strict examples and don’t change at all. You have to try yourself in different styles, you have to find your own one; a good professional should be flexible. To grow up, to change something you have to quit your comfort zone. Moreover if you want your business or your job to be successful you shouldn’t stop at some points. If you feel that you are the best or you’ve reached all the big success you should start moving to another side, try something new. If you stop you may just become a piece of shit.

Another problem is journalism being all about “write the way all people could understand it”. Writing some stupid and inelaborate stuff for stupid people who don’t want to think is overwhelming. There is a great chance that you will be made to write about such dull and unnecessary things like personal life of celebrities or the City’s Day concert. This isn’t important, you don’t help people, you don’t write about the real problems and that interesting way the planet is moving. But to my great disappointment stupid news are demanded by people, it’s just what they want. So a journalist is a bitch of the society.

Spending all the time in the water of stupid events and uncreative work can make a person be the fish of his working river. This is an opposite process of growing up and becoming better as a professional.

Sometimes when I think about the work a journalist has to do it makes me wanna puke. Just one simple example: I am to interview some famous musician. From my point of view the interview should go about music, art, thoughts, feelings and so on. How can I accomplish my own task if I have to talk about a singer’s pregnancy? How can I be a great professional if I am told the way I should write? Steve Jobs said “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” There’s no need to explain how these words are related to journalism.

With all the bad things I have described I still think that you can turn journalism to an opposite side. If one wants journalism to be creative work, if one wants independence of writing and working with really interesting stuff he or she should create its own “journalism platform”. Let it be a magazine for example. But this idea will work out only when really hard work, talent, strong will, revolutionary ideas, the ability to put people together and money become a unified power.

It’s necessary to say that journalism is a great way to write stupid things out of your head and your writing style. But it’s for those who decided to go down the road where journalism is just 1 mile highway full of bricks and tricky turns.

It’s necessary to admit that being a journalist can get you some necessary acquaintances.

I think it’s great that I realized all these things so early. It means I won’t face too much disappointment in future.

This or that way you are to choose your own life. I believe that hard work, a desire and a talent can get you any type of journalism. We are to decide what to do. No one said it’s gonna be easy, but still no one said it’s impossible.

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Amy Winehouse

8 Jan

This is not dedicated to her death or birthday anniversary. It’s about Amy’s art.

She was always laughed at. Paparazzi did their job well taking pictures of her drunk or “ridiculus”. But  the moment she died was the upgrade of her career. The minute ago she was the dirt, the next moment “Back To Black” is on the top of Billbord and her creative work is risen up to the skies.

Amy was a gifted girl. She has opened the sacred secret of love and feelings.

Her songs reflect pain, sorrow, not sadness, grief, tears and … humility. She wasn’t protesting, didn’t maked a big show of “words-and-no-deeds”. She sang soul songs. Painful, profound and inconsolable songs.

When I plunge her songs I fell that she loved and failed, loved so much she died. Amy burned black, died for love in all ways, ispecially physically. They said she needed rehab, drugs killed her. Of course journalists are good at overplaying and telling lies. They will raze to the ground anyone to get a great blatant story.

“Love is loosing game”. She wished she had never played this game. Life is a loosing game, Amy, yes? We all are seeking the raison d’etre even in semirandom events. We all can’t admit that we’ll die and will never care again about anything. There is nothing there. What a wonder to find your love and stop seeking because you already know the answer. How great and priceless it is. How painfully it hits.

Amy Winehouse failed. Like all of us will do. Some people will call this “the path of least resistance”. But he walked away and never came back. The grief and pain she had to face. So much was cried out and written out.

And those people and mass media. Their “Rehabilitaion”. She didn’t care. Didn’t want to go there. Because she already knew the end.

Amy Winehouse burned to ashes, she knew everything and was ready. Why suffer, why wake up alone, why suffer?

Some of us will see a crazy addict bitch, some of us wil see a girl who was killed by love.

And one more thing that irritates. 27 years old, alcohol, drugs, music, death… This is the classic Rock’n’Roll story. How much money those madmen got. But they don’t see the tragedy. This  cynicism afficts so much. Those morons trivialize music and art.

“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no! I ain’t got the time”. Don’t go.

Do you yearn? Because I do.

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Brokeback Mountain Forbidden Love

30 Aug

You only see what your eyes want to see.

You’re frozen when youre heart’s not open.

Madonna

2 days ago I would say there is no movie to be compared with “Titanic”. I was wrong. There is another beautiful and tragic story, meaningful, covering the truth of life and love. “Brokeback Mountain” excited me the strongest way. It is a particle of light; it is art. We should consider it from the artistic point of view. This is not about gays, not about bisexuals either; it’s about the core of love and humanity. As soon as I consider this work as art my point of view becomes ultra-subjective, because everyone has the truth, the truth of art is very personal because the artist leaves only questions to be answered by those who get affected. Nothing is right and nothing is wrong. It’s all about impression and emotions. How can we judge leaves for being green?

Why is this story so grim and heartbreaking, breathtaking? It illuminates the harsh truth of modern society and eternal problems, tragedies.

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Why not about gays if we can see two men having sexual experience with each other?  Because it is all about pure love. This feeling doesn’t know boundaries, limits, ages, sexes or nationalities. This movie, this book tell that love which is not a conception of some stereotypes or shapes that society has created. We can’t judge leaves for being green, you remember?

Now I’d like to say some words about homophobes who denied watching the movie despite the actors were just perfect. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are truly outstanding actors. People who don’t understand the main idea only see what their eyes want to see. They see two gays or bisexuals who have sex, which is just disgusting. I see another picture. This is not about my sexual orientation, I just can go deeper. Once you really fall in love you understand that the rest of people and the rest of life gets white and stays backstage.

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I can see that love in this work of art was spontaneous; it was on fire for a long time. I don’t give a fuck if they were men or women or heterosexual, I can see the beauty and perfection. What makes us get up and die, get up and die… From time to time we could think that the fire stopped but it never did. This love embraced pain, tears, happiness and pureness. That passion in which rare meetings added fuel to the fire… Have you ever fell in love?

But the story broke my heart. Even not the story but the catalyzer of all bad things happened there. People… sweet beautiful people. The society, from the capitol “S”. The society which the humanity is so proud of. That is the main problem. Have you ever been miles away from your love? Have you ever had the experience of not kissing your love for a long period of time? Wouldn’t you be angry or despair? People didn’t give those characters a chance to be just happy, just to live their own lives like all we do. Do you fucking think that you are damn gods to decide what’s right and what’s not? So the influence of people is the symbol of how some representatives of humanity are being stupid and don’t know they are destroying others. And the fact the love was “forbidden” means that we are going to rot in the hole of our own prejudices, idiotic worldview and fighting for what we really don’t know anything about. The end of the story as we know is sad. The death of Jack was ambiguous, from the one hand he died accidently, from the other hand he was murdered by homophobes. This is the symbol of people’s hypocrisy. When they say “It was an accident, but in the reality it’s all a big piece of shit, because it was a murder, intentional murder, the crime against humanity, against love. This means people kill love, kill life. After Jack’s death Ennis was alone in the trailer park, he didn’t die, but he was never in this world again. The last his words we can hear were “Jack, I swear” with tears on his eyes, touching Jacks’s shirt tucked inside of Enni’s one as the symbol of eternity and immovability of love. Love can’t die, it just moves to other dimensions. “I swear” to love, to remember, to never give up on you…

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There is no sexuality, no orientation, no argues, nothing, ‘cause when it’s love you gotta fly. I’m not going to waste my time on those who can’t understand this, whose “love” is limited by sex, presents, walks and sex. I’m talking about something more profound. This just is not your business. I may be not the best writer, not the best “feelings-expresser” but I can feel in my heart. My heart’s breaking when I realize how many jerks ruin other’s lives, when they try to make leaves be black. Love is so rare, so catch it, run to it, never let it go, it is so rare… Find your sense in art/love which is actually the same.

Sucker’s Dream

12 Jul

Sucker’s Dream

Six simple letters…

Once all that I had was on the floor. God only knew what I was fighting for. Who are we without principles and beliefs? Just animals crawling on the ground. Who are we when we are being made do something? Just gutless animals crawling on the ground. Who are we when all we know is rudeness and evil? Just pissed-off animals crawling on the ground that are going to meet nothing significant but eternity. We only need six simple letters.

Power. Her power and inside strength are uncountable. This is a powerful discharge reeved through us from heels to the tips of hair. It’s when all you can is to make a sip of air and cannot scream. This is when fibrillation is healed by defibrillator. This is a huge wave to cover the whole of your body and for a while there’s no way you can breathe. In the moment of death you find out that this is only the beginning and oxygen is not the only thing your lungs can breathe.

Art. The combination of arrogance and understanding how shitty things happen to be, the combination of a firm self-confidence and hard work, literature and wisdom. She is a goddess emitting piercing light and power. Her trident is the weapon of love, pain, anger, mystery, understanding, inseparability of good and evil. This is what perfection is. This is what art is. Nothing’s indestructible. Art is eternal. As soon as it touches anything living or dead; existing or not it turns things into its own core. Art is never material, it can never be seen which means its nature can’t be destroyed or counted.

Vaccine. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You never know what can happen or be said. What do I need? I need development, I need to grow up, make the world around beautiful and lots of things more. You can never be sure in having support from the side of society. What if you could get wine from your monitor? Impossible. What if you could get just extremely big support from your monitor? Such kind of support so you can say that in the times when no one believes in you she will. If anyone could know how grateful I am and how big my desire to burn all bridges and just pace to the times when my touch will bring happiness and make ugly things beautiful again is.

Abuse. Have you ever had that one who will abuse you and you’ll be on the edge of happiness? If not it means you have never tried driving crazy drugs. Just imagine having Amber who will move her ass and let you lie next to her on a door in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But then you’ll have to die to pay for it.

Truth. This is naked truth, never hidden by hypocrisy. The truth everyone covets and deserves. It is bitter, it is cold, sometimes harsh, sometimes just completely on the contrary. It will either destroy you or save you from yourself. It heals, it hurts, it leaves holes on your soul someday.  The pain never goes away, it can just lessen or turn into something else. What are lies? It is a latent sickness, when you temporary feel OK but after all it will devour you from inside. It isn’t worth living in fear and lies. This is always the end of the beginning of self-destruction.

Inspiration. Art needs inspiration. How would you like to be an inspiration for inspiration? This is something impossible. It’s like saying that inspiring is inspiring. OK, I think I should leave this. All I want to say is every time I feel inspiration, it feels like pain in my throat, in my stomach which is going to turn me into pink dust. Do you know what pink dust is? It is said by sappers when a person is exploded. The explosion is so powerful that you can barely find a finger. I will die and resurrect for it. But the truth is that I don’t want to die and I don’t want to live, I just want to have a chance to be with IT. This is my vicodin. This is what makes the fire in my heart keep on leaking me from inside with its incandescent tongues.

I could write something like a 21-page analyze of “American Tragedy” speaking about metaphors, trails and so on, but I just want to express my special love. Every sucker needs six letters, but only some of them one day stop being suckers.

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Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga – Born To Die

12 May

Why not to die to be born instead of being born to die?

Nature is the most powerful display of birth, death and life. It is called to be the mother of all the existing things. Why not to imagine it to be art? When an oak-tree is born, it is little of course, but then it grows up, develops, it becomes stronger and it becomes obvious that this is a great tree, not a bush. Sometimes it takes much time to complete the process become a huge oak-tree, which has its own place on the ground, which branches contemplate on the sky proudly and as confident as never. Seeing all this power you can’t help enjoying the work of nature, which is tremendous and priceless. From the moment you slightly touch it you discover a new world of fantasies and realities, of different paths and different worlds. Nothing’s impossible, no prejudices, but boundless freedom. Your tiny world becomes too huge to believe it’s real. You try to understand. Yes, it’s almost the point of total understanding and realizing the unseen before, something extraordinary. Is there any other way? No way! It explains everything, it bids your blood to run, you almost understood all the processes of nature! Almost…But suddenly the huge power turns away and shows the other side. This path will definitely lead to feelings that must spread your wings, you’ll be able to fly away. But the path is still unknown. What way should I choose? Should I fight or give up? Should I get down on my knees and pray or be an atheistic jerk? I’ll touch the great power again, there is the answer there! But something happened to your oak-tree. Why don’t you feel anything? Where did it go? Is it me to blame? Or maybe something just has happened to the tree? I can’t handle this. I am something more profound! But the birth of evil outdoor irritants curbed the bliss. The root is bleeding – the tiny particles of light which are only a parody of the late power. It is nothing. Your kidneys brought all the remained drugs out. It is dead.

No more metaphors. Hey Marilyn, where are you now? What has happened to you, the king of teenagers? Can’t believe it may happen to be a golden halo of those woodcutters. You are not so primitive.

So let’s try to make the things that don’t have sense become meaningful.  

Who is or was Marilyn Manson? It is a combination of beauty and ugliness. It is what art means, to my mind. His epatage was not a trick to earn more money or a trial to win New-York’s heart. It was a huge challenge to the society. He had a really complicated message. But most of all by conscious making himself  ugly he wanted to say that inside America looks as well as he is outside, I mean face, some other features. He hated the institution of church, he didn’t want to be a slave. He understood a lot of different serious things. He was rude and confident. He wasn’t afraid of going revolutionary road after all the shit he had to pull through. By his powerful voice and extraordinary expressive appearance he screamed overstraining his throat that he was disagree and he had no idea what other people would think. These weren’t any loud speeches on an arena or plaza, where he would swing his hands trying to make people believe him. It was a thorny path of writing, performing, singing, being an artist. His creative work had always contained complicated problems and symbolism. His core was pierced by pain and fury, it always  waked up a volcano in people’s hearts. But Marilyn was not dump, he was not just an angry kid, he understood that each road of fighting, protesting and evil must (!) lead to love, kindness and peace. That’s why Marilyn Mason was a combination of black and white, that’s why he was Great and Awful, that’s why he was art. No art can be called real art without being based on love and kindness. Without it art becomes rotten and insincere. It is urine. With his rampant rush Marilyn Manson became a creature of worship and hatred from the side of admirers and haters.

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Let’s leave the symbolism and just say that he is not the same as he used to be before. Parts became sluggish and with no rousing notes of anger in his voice. Hoarseness doesn’t work. No passion, no craziness, no power. Just an ordinary VEVO star. Maybe something has happened in his life, maybe he understood something special for himself, maybe he is just tired and has no strength to keep on rocking Marilyn Manson way. Or he just can’t find the sense, art is love, so maybe he just didn’t have time to fell in love so he still remains to be a weird loner… But as he admitted the changes let’s leave him and wish good luck and be happy in life.

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Let’s turn to Lady Gaga – Mother-Monster.

To analyze her creative work we have to go back to basics, turn to her past.

She started her career with first album “Fame”. There were very nice songs there. She wanted to be a star, to look sexy and put on pop shows. She managed to do this.

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Her fame was growing with each passing day, all her dreams were about to come true. “The Fame Monster” was ready. Tremendous success, ecstatic reviews, invitations to the most famous shows in the world, numerous photo sessions, and a successful world tour were just a part of her new life. The life a woman who worked so much, who developed, who had naive dreams, but all this brought her to the place where she can realize herself the way she wants it to be.

Monster Ball Tour. She is the mother of monsters, she was the queen of her own show, she just rocked. Everything was there: good songs, performamces, well-known costumes, tears, smiles, speeches, anger and tenderness. She was sincere and inspired the crowd of fans, who put their hands up and screamed.

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Born This Way era. In 2011 the 3rd album of Lady Gaga was released. To be honest, it is really the best piece of music of 2011. The songs are very good, with good lyrics, good message. Gaga wanted it to important for people, to teach them to be who you are and believe in yourself. All this is of course very good. BUT as for me Gaga became completely dishonest, insincere and greedy for money.

Suddenly Gaga became a devoted fighter for the rights of gays. It is very good, of course, when somebody wants to protect people, but you are free to disagree with me, I think that it is very good for Gaga when those gays buy tickets to her concerts, spend their money on her. There are lots of gays nowadays and they are a great part of Lady Gaga’s monsters.

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Why did such a great album as Born This Way fail? Maybe because people got tired of it? This is not strange. The album was being sold just everywhere: in airports, in shops, in the streets. Gaga was really foisting her album on everyone’s arms. It’s been a year after Born This Way was released but still she is having her new tour. I can compare this work with a cherry chewing-gum. When you put it into your mouth it is tasty, you like it. But after a white the chewing-gum starts losing its taste and in the end becomes tasteless. The same happened to Gaga.

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Born This Way Foundation. It is ridiculous. It is obvious that this program is to bring Gaga nothing but promotion and money. Seriously? You are going to protect gay kids this way? Really? How? Are you going to land them your disco stick so they could punch evil teenagers? Dear Gaga, no more your riding-round-the-country bus, which won’t help, no more eloquent speeches, don’t you pretend to believe this is going to change something. Nobody will follow people who shout their brilliant thoughts from a big arena. Why not to shut up and try to change the world using art and your influence? Why not to be sincere with people? Ah, I have forgotten! This will cut your golden chain.

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Born This Way Ball Tour: The Monster Ball 3.0

It is true that a lot of people wanted to see your new show as you had always been good at it. But when I saw this, I’m sorry, it is pathetic and very dull. I was shocked by costumes and the stage. Lady Gaga, I think with your money spent you could have prepared something much-much-much-much better. Let’s analyze.

First of all the stage looks like a big dark spot. And why a castle? You see Lady Gaga is more and more digressing from Born This Way conception.

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I was also shocked by performances.

Let’s talk about costumes. Frankly speaking, they are ugly. She is not sexy. And I don’t like her huge tails. Sometimes she looks ridiculous and ugly.

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(This Bad Romance costume was definitely for irritating Christians, who has always compare her with the Devil.)

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Also the performances themselves were very weak and dull. For example:

“Bloody Mary” – she was just riding on the stage with this weird costume om, which is often compared with vacuum cleaner. Gaga, is that all you could create for such a great song? Even a cat and a dog would put on a better show.

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“Heavy Metal Lover” – I waited so much from this performance! Riding on a bike with your ass being smacked. Is that all? Where is your “full house of leather”, where is glitter, depravity, rousing dancing in erotic costumes? Shame on you!

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What about “You and I”? Indeed it is a very good song. One of the best ballads. But Gaga spoilt it with her water-nymphs. While she was singing it, the half of the song she just hold he hand raised up and the rest part of the song she spent on a piano-bike. Well done! Horrible!

Another performance just killed me. It is a naked stealing of a well-known Madonna’s performance from Blond Ambition Tour. Gays, sofa, pointed bra. It looks like Gaga to be project which is called “Let’s take the best from Madonna and make it appropriate for modern generation”.

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But the most horrible thing about Born This Way Ball is Gaga’s emotionless face. Look. It is stony. Where are your emotions? Where are tears, happiness, kindness and anger? Where’s fighting and love? This time you don’t bring peace and freedom, you don’t inspire! You are a Monster! An evil Monster. We can’t read your Poker Face, so it means you are just being insincere. It’s a pity. Look at her face!

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Have you ever pondered over why Gaga started her tour from Asia? Because America is awfully tired of Lady Gaga and in Asia she is something new and interesting, so she went there to make an experiment, to create something new and interesting with what she’ll be able to come to Europe and USA. This will just warm up the interest to her. So the conclusion is that Born This Way Ball is nothing but chasing money and selling “Lady Gaga” product.

Dear Lady Gaga! I am person with an immortal hope, so I hope that you’ll change. You should understand who you want to be. Stop being a product and become an artist again. But you already lost. While you are thinking and putting BTW Ball on, something strong, great and powerful is coming. This is a tornado which will crash all of you. There is no way to survive, the next big thing to bite you in your ass has written a great number of great songs. By the way, she is not interested in money and stupid charts, because she is already confident in her talent, power and sexuality.

Good luck,

Alex