I often get the chance to talk with a friend about pop culture and she told me something which made me think.
She said that if J. K. Rowling were to publish Harry Potter today she would still be hugely successful, but not as successful as she was when HP went out in the first 2000s. That's because, according to her, it was still an age where it was possible to really make it big with books as writers had fewer entertainment media to compete for people's attention, while today things have changed and an author can really get worldwide attention only if his/her work gets adapted into a Netflix series.
I half agree with her thesis, but what's your take on it?
I've always loved stories told by multiple characters and my favorite strategic videogame campaigns have always been the ones that put you in the shoes of the various parties involved in the conflict. At school I was often the "neutral" element who interacted with all the many cliques and groups in which my mates divided themselves. And I just love to break stereotypes and see what's behind the "tatemae"
Maybe that's because, as some say, I was born under two zodiacal signs and so my blessing (and curse) has always been sitting on the fence.
Yet, perhaps, as one can't clap by using only one hand you can't fully understand the world if you lend your ear only to one side.
The internet is full of people telling other people to graduate in STEM as "everything ending in - studies - is bad for you"
But maybe STEM too are a sort of studies. Since Science made the bomb and the final aim of Technology, Engineering and Math is to create an all purpose AI able to replace humans in each and every field, we could say STEM are a sort of "Humankind Suicide Studies" related field.
Yesterday I saw a Christian and an Atheist in a bar arguing about the existence of the afterlife.
They were both so dead sure of their beliefs that at first didn't want to get involved but as the volume of their voices was reaching heaven I had no other choice but to butt in.
"You see... there's only one thing we can be dead sure about this subject: no living thing can be sure of anything when it comes to the afterlife.
You believe there's something because your religion tells you so, even if you have no proof.
And you believe there's nothing after that because science tells you so, yet no scientist has
empirically proven through experimentation and data analysis the soundness of this thesis. Believing
in the non-existence of afterlife without scientific proof makes you a follower of the cult of "Scientism"
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