Apathy (Photo credit: Toban B.)
I have been remiss in my blogging. It isn’t so much that I don’t have anything to share, the sheer volume of letters that I have addressed, (and now that I have stamps, the sheer volume of letters I can now send,) is a testament to the stories bubbling in my head.
However, it seems that I am reluctant to post them here. I am apathetic with my blogging. I lack purpose and a particular audience that I want to write to. I am not my normal snarky self. I am neither poignant, nor raw with unbridled emotions that can flood over time and space and overwhelm my readers into understanding my reality. I am not particularly charming, I don’t necessarily attempt to ingratiate myself to you, which would be an exercise in futility, given that I don’t know you.
Whilst the desire is there, the desire does not want to take form, as words, pictures, poems, and ultimately posts, and that upsets me.
And so, being apathetic about blogging as a whole, I went over to youtube. Ok, that isn’t entirely true, I went over to youtube to see Miley Cyrus ‘twerking,’ since it has been flooding my timeline on twitter, and it seemed like a big deal. Besides one youtube comment on one of the twerking videos about how women have taken feminism as an excuse to dress like bacon in front of a dog, and then get upset when men comment, ogle or otherwise treat them poorly, there really wasn’t much to this story. (Please note that I am paraphrasing the comment made, and stating what I understood the comment to mean.)
Though, while we’re on the topic of men being dogs, and scantily dressed women are bacon, does that mean that men are incapable of controlling their urges? That by extension, the failure on the part of men to control their baser instincts, you know, because men can be acceptably compared to dogs, is something that women must now ‘control,’ by dressing more moderately? There is a rant budding on this topic, and it will most likely reference Laura Bates.
Charlie (Photo credit: trekker308) You horny dog
Having been unable to find a decent quality video of the allegedly offensive twerking, though seriously, world hunger, AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, can we move away from a young woman twerking as being relevant? Yes, no decent video quality, but still able to generally have a feel for what the furor is about, I went over to Charlie McDonnell’s youtube channel. Charlie McDonnell’s videos go a little way to restoring my faith in ordinary humanity, and they cheer me up some.
I have mentioned Charlie McDonnell of charlieissocoollike fame, before. Quick recap, he’s a youtuber (amongst other things,) who seems to be, for all intents and purposes, a genuinely nice, affable, friendly, charming, geeky-in-a-good way kinda guy. I like to think that it’s because he has consistently been these things, and possessed these seemingly ordinary but lovely traits, that he is exceptional. It may be too late to mention this, but I’m fangirling now. Run away! Run away before it’s too late!
Charlie McDonnell [charlieissocoollike] (Photo credit: SarahKristin) because what is fangirling without artwork?
It is difficult for me to divorce the feelings of genuine affection I have for an online personality, who is edited, chopped and cropped for mass consumption and be objective, so bear with me.
Charlie has done a lot of videos now, covering a fairly broad spectrum of topics, from vlogs, Challenge Charlie vids, pleas in relation to worthy causes, science videos, music videos, and now short films. So there is a lot of material out there by him. However, in pretty much all of his videos, there is a common thread, a common Charlieness, if you will. Charlie comes across as being sincere and earnest in what he does. There is no pretentiousness in him; he is quirky and a trifle awkward, but he is also endearing, because he is the nice guy, and you’re glad when things work out for him.
Back in November 2012, he posted a video about being scared and even did a blog post about it. The article and original video post are here. Now, what I found interesting, and why I’m bringing all of this up in the first place, isn’t so much about the original video and blog post, it’s the video responses. At the end of the blog post is a selection of 9 of the video responses to Charlie’s original video.
The responses range from being soul-baringly poignant from people he is friends with, or knows, to just honest videos from people who subscribe to his channel, right through to an analysis of creating material, and by extension, oneself and why that’s terrifying. – Seriously, the last of the nine videos is very thought provoking.
What impressed me was the sense of community in it all. For the most part, we live continents apart from each other, each of us within out own little realities and our own little worlds, all interpreting the human experience a little differently. And yet, when push comes to shove, we can still band together and pick someone up, half a world away.
I blame this wave of optimism on Charlie McDonnell and his subscribers.