So this weekend I think there was a large movie awards ceremony.
I really have no idea. I can remember at one time when this used to be something that I would watch on a regular basis - say from when Star Wars came out to the mid-nineties. I vaguely remember seeing some of the greats on stage.
But no more.
My devolving interest has come from two major streams. The first - the most easily explainable - is that over time I have found my interests and that of Hollywood's diverging. On any number of issues really, and not just the "social" ones - frankly, they make less and less movies that I am interested in at all (the ability to make a movie without excessive sex, gratuitous violence, extreme foul language seems limited to the realm of children's films any more). I pay attention less and less as they make less and less of what I wish to buy.
The second major stream - perhaps the more important - is the enclosed sphere of it all. These awards are voted on, attended by, and celebrated in a very narrow sector of our population (truly, the original 1%). It has become an echo chamber where "we" celebrate "we". Without the vast audience that ultimately pays for attending the movies and thus gives them relevance and riches, the personnel that make and act in movies would be little more than another group that, like so many in this country and indeed the world, have an awards ceremony which is truly meaningful only to those who participate in it. Instead, the echoes roll about the room while the virtual audience is convinced that they need to watch it and become involved in it - and not only the program itself, but the "pre-game"(truly, is their nothing more telling about our narcissistic culture than a program dedicated to t people walking down a carpet to be seen)? It is the quintessential Western Culture: beautiful people in a controlled environment congratulating themselves on things that ultimately have no value.
So, I have just learned to say no. I occasionally see a film. Frankly, I more often wait for it to be on a streaming service or even in home movie format. But not much more than that. I perhaps cannot hold back the flood, but I can at least attempt to divert the water around my island.