Contributary Emotions

That’s what Nick calls them1. This must be my imagination, but watching movies in Jeng is just agonizing. Typically, it’s common courtesy to shut up in a theater, but in class, the scenario is apparently different. For some reason, you feel obligated to let the world know your reactions—your awww’s and guffaws—as if your feelings were a second show playing simultaneously. It’s almost like a competition to see who is most emotionally vested in the wonders of modern cinematography. If mushy emotion isn’t your thing, you can just turn around and explain the plot to one of your friends. Then, you can amaze us with your accurate plot predictions and show off the comprehensive collection of movies you’ve seen2. If post-testing films are more of a opportunistic social exhibition than an idle pastime, your outbursts sound forced and contrived. It always happens when you mix up your priorities. Man, this topic is so stereotypically hipster.

It turns out, most people are pretty fucked up on the inside.

Also, I’ve made a development blog for the development of next year’s WalnutNHS website. It’s at It’s so much easier to just churn out long paragraphs when you have something concrete to write about.

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. p17. ↩︎
  2. We’ve all seen it too. But of course, you couldn’t have known that. ↩︎

2 CommentsAdd one

Wed, 25 May 2011 19:19:39 GMT

i've noticed that it makes you a sort of social outcast if you don't react with fake emotions to what people say.. though i think people really just shouldn't speak if what they say is too unintelligent/uninteresting to get a genuine response

Mon, 16 May 2011 13:57:00 GMT

I 'ruff you too. Awwwwww.

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