Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Marty" - Part 10

Thank you for participating in this 10 part movie experiment.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Gayle said...

I didn't participate... I'm sorry, but I have barely been posting lately.

What's the "experiment"?

Indigo Red said...

The experiment, Gayle, was to find out whether people would watch a major film for just 10 minutes at a time. Doing so requires nothing more than sitting, watching , and 10 minutes. We all have those resources, yet no one actually watched any of the ten minute segments. Even at work we have ten minute breaks, yet no one around the world had ten minutes to spare.

I do wonder how the ten minutes was actually used. There are 144 ten minute sgments in a day, yet no one, not one single person on this entire planet, could spare ten minutes. That makes me wonder exactly what is so important in the lives of 6 billion people that we can't spare 10 minutes for relaxation. Of coarse, the vast majority of those billions are just trying to stay alive from moment to moment, but those of us in the developed world have more free time than can be justified on a 24 hour clock. Most of work 8 of the 24 hours, so, what is done with the rest of the day? Of the remaining 16 hours, there is no 10 minute piece available for something completely different, like viewing a 1 hour 30 minute film in ten minute episodes. Are one hour soap operas and Oprahs so much more important. I would pplace "Marty" against the entire history of "Oprah" and still choose the film over the talk show in importance of demonstrating the never ending state of individual humanity.

The experiment wasn't about my blog and wasn't about this particular film. It was about my own curiosity about whether anyone, anyone at all, would take just ten minutes, 1/144th of their oh so busy day for themselves, effortless entertainment, and a possibility to learn something about human nature, a possibilty of hope that truly affected the lives average characters.

The answer is a resounding, no. Whatever it is we think is so important in our daily 144 ten minute segments, it certainly is not wathing videos on a blog. The time stamps on the music videos posted on this blog v. the time stamps of people watching do not match up; the time required to read the individual postings is known to me and the time spent by readers does not coincide with the required read time; the internal links are recorded when accessed, but few actually are clicked; time spent on the blog does not match the time spent reading.

I've no illusions, Gayle, that many, if any, people will actually read this reply either.

So, the question I ask myself is why blog, why bother? My answer must be beyond readers and visitors. It must be for me and me alone. If any one of the 6 billion people on the planet actually read, watch, learn, or are entertained, well, that's dandy. Frankly, I'm just not all that important.

Indigo Rose said...

I guess you forgot about me, Indigo. I've been watching it... just had to do the last 3 in one sitting, though.
In those 10 minutes I finally took for myself, I normally do some cooking, or cleaning, or weeding, or talk on the phone with my kids or grandson.... or actually sit and listen to my husband about his day.
I read most of your posts; I find it's a good way to keep in touch with you, and what's going on the world. I just don't always have a comment.
I don't watch soap operas or Oprah, but do tape Bones so I can watch it while I eat my lunch, skipping through the commercials.
So, what's important in my day? Well, I took a couple days to see my mom and siblings. Then I saw a doctor for my back pain, got the results of my bone density, went to the pharmacy and grocery store. Drove out to the nursery to see my husband while we were both awake, made plans to go to a funeral for a soldier killed in action (which I couldn't go to because of the back spasms not allowing me to sit in a car for an hour, than sit through the funeral). I spent time with my cats, listened to radio and wrote out my army daughter's bills... and called her because she is spending too much!
Did I enjoy the movie segments? You bet! I rarely have the opportunity to sit through an entire movie because the water needs to be moved or the dryer buzzes.
It's a great movie! Thanks for the time you put into your blog.

Z said...

...I have to admit I just got here today, and I have to admit MARTY is one of my very favorite films and we own it.
I also have to admit that I am not sure I'd have come back every day to see a little more because I fear I'd be dying to see WHAT'S NEXT and not have to wait (if I didn't know this film), but I love the idea of this experiment.

"SO, what do YOU want to do tonight, Marty?"

Indigo Red said...

Oh, I dunno. Whata you wanna do, Z?

Indigo Rose said...

very funny. lol