Skidmore government professor Ron Seyb has penned a very funny op-ed for Saratoga Wire, titled “Movies and the Meaning of Life,” in response to news that construction is moving forward on the new movie theater set to replace the vacant Price Chopper. Seyb claims “the erosion of the cultural norm of ‘going to the movies’ has caused America to be on the cusp of losing a generation,” and as someone who spent more money at the 68th Street AMC Loews this summer than on food, clothing, and shelter combined, I tend to agree with him.
“My nephews are part of this incipient lost generation. They are four young men, ranging in age from 12 to 20, who are smart, responsible, and tolerant of even their uncle’s screaming, ‘Run the picket fence!’ at their basketball games. I would expect such sterling young men to have developed by now an ardent love for the movies. My nephews’ knowledge of film is, however, inferior to mine and my peers at the same age. They do watch a few films repeatedly, most of which feature either Denzel Washington or Matthew McConaughey constructing football teams out of the human equivalent of slag. But the breadth of their movie knowledge is small. It is as if they decided to go to a liberal arts college to major in Turtle Wax. I suppose that such a major would have value, provided that one wished to simonize one’s car over, and over, and over again.”
The article is full of REAL TALK, (despite a mean, unecessary shot at the critically reviled but secretly brilliant That’s My Boy), and Seyb is always hilarious. Take a break from work and check it out.