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The Art of Rebellion

Post by sparky12 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:11 pm

I was bored, so I wrote this short sort-of essay... most of the historical facts in this are true, but don't take them so seriously, since I didn't bother to do any actually research on them. It's a rather crappy writing piece, in my opinion.



First off, we must consider the following: is rebellion an art?

Some consider it not an art (“Surely not an art!” they scoff in horror), but rather, a nuisance. True, but who says art isn’t annoying? Take, for example, opera (apologies to those opera aficionados out there). For some, it is the vocal embodiment of beauty; for others, it is the vocal equivalence of of having your ear drilled. Another example is avant-grade paintings. For you folks out there who think “avant-garde” is an exotic edible plant from Venezuela, it’s actually a type of art that’s, well… weird, to be blunt (for example, a blank canvas with the exception of a little painted price tag in the corner). But it’s still art, isn’t it? So, if you put rebellion up to these examples, I expect it’ll qualify as an art, too. And anyway, the definition of art is “creation by human endeavor rather than by nature” (it’s true… even though that’s the sixth definition in the dictionary). I doubt there’s rebellion on the nature channel on TV.

Rebellion has taken many forms over the years. It all started back in ancient Rome, where the senators of the Roman empire pulled out knives and started stabbing their stuck-up leader, Julius Caesar (whose legacy lives on in the form of salad dressing and a hotel in Las Vegas). A few hundred (or perhaps thousand) years later, you have the Reformation, where Martin Luther decided to bug the Roman Catholic Church by posting 95 statements and going off to England form the Protestant church. The next rebellion (that comes to mind) is the American Revolution, where whiny Americans decided that they didn’t like paying for the British peoples’ 12-o’-clock teatime, so they staged the ultimate act of rebellion by dumping tea into water during the infamous Boston Tea Party (and not the type of tea party with stuffed animals). Soon after the American Revolution was the French Revolution, where the poor French folks took the people with poufy hair and beheaded them with guillotines (which are those things with the big knifes that guys in hooded robes use when they shout “OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!”). This brings us to the 1900’s, where the Russian Bolsheviks threw the czar, Nicholas II or something, off the throne and set up a Communist government for Russia (which was one of the rebellions that didn’t turn out so good). Some Chinese were inspired by this act, and did pretty much the same thing a decade or so later, except this time they stuck a picture of their leader, Mao Zedong, on their palace (whereas in Russia, they just preserved the body of their leader, V.I. Lenin). I suppose the Nazi rebellion against, well, the rest of the world, can count as a rebellion, though it’s not the best example. Perhaps the best display of rebellion was the 1960’s rebellion. The good parts: the music. The bad parts: the hippies (whose acts of taking many drugs proved to be not-so effective in their rebellion). Since then, there haven’t been many major acts of rebellion that comes to mind right now.

But the art of rebellion lives on today, with people still as eager to shout “FIGHT THE POWER!” or “STICK IT TO THE MAN!” as they were back in the 60’s (except now with better taste in clothes and worst taste in music). Sure, there isn’t really a need for rebellion… but it’s still fun.
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Post by Dictator For Life on Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:28 am

WORST TASTE IN MUSIC? WE HAVE JUST FINE MUSIC!

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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:31 pm

Please. The 60's were the golden age of music.
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Post by Dictator For Life on Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:37 pm

YOU SUCK!

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Post by Dictator For Life on Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:37 pm

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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:01 pm

Ha ha, double post. How about some actual literary critisism instead of arguing for Britney Spears and the screwed up "music" known as rap?
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Post by Dr. B on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:27 pm

Rap is gangsta music and Brittney Spears is sooo 2000.
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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:39 pm

ACTUAL LITERARY CRITICISM, PLEASE?!?

You're one to be calling Britney Spears soooooo 2000, considering you own every single one of her albums.
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Post by Dr. B on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:52 pm

HEY!!!!! Only the good ones?
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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:57 pm

There's such a thing as a good Britney Spears album?
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Post by Dr. B on Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:05 pm

I doubt it...
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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:06 pm

I'd think you would know.

Ahem... WHERE IS THE LITERARY CRITICISM?!?
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Post by Dr. B on Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:06 pm

I think Carter is going to be mad at us for all the posts... we should stop.
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Post by sparky12 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:08 pm

To the chatbox, then!
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Post by Dictator For Life on Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:12 am

THAT'S RIGHT I'M MAD! WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THIS!

I thought the story was funny. Avant grade though (whatever that means).

DON'T FORGET MY RANT!

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Post by sparky12 on Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:08 am

Sorry. I tried to steer the conversation back onto track, but Brandon cannot provide adequete literary criticism.

And it wasn't a story, it was an essay. And avant-garde art bugs me. It's an excuse for people with no artistic skill to make it look like they are artists.

Avant-garde art!
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Post by Dr. B on Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:41 pm

Thats crappy art. Now heres some REAL art: Brandon's Smiley
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Post by Dictator For Life on Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:08 pm

Woah. Avant grade SUCKS.

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Post by sparky12 on Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:09 pm

I'm glad you agree.
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Post by Dictator For Life on Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:45 pm

SUCKS TO YOUR AVANT GRADE ART!

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Post by Dr. B on Thu May 01, 2008 12:26 am

SUCKS TO WHAT HE SAID!
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Post by sparky12 on Thu May 01, 2008 12:30 am

Sucks to you and your meaningless posts.
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Post by Dictator For Life on Thu May 01, 2008 4:07 am

SUCKS TO YOU AND YOUR... UH... ASS-MAR???

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