All posts for the month March, 2019

Fancy title Isn’t it? I believe, as I hope you will, before it is over with you will understand the nuances of it’s meaning. In this post I will be going over some things that may seem unrelated at first, but will come together to in the end to make a point. In this post I will be going over why you see only a fraction of the posts on this site that you used to, and the reason for this is I want to use MYSELF as an example of what NOT to do.

First off. Am I hypocrite? Did I JUST pull a James Gunn and delete multiple posts on account of what others may think? My answer to these will be revealed in time, even if I can honestly tell you NO, you have no way of taking that answer at face value so I won’t insult you by expecting you to. What I will tell you is that if you are a long time reader and follow along in all the things I say and do, you will find that I STILL hold to pretty much all of the PRINCIPLES and BELIEFS that you read about in those deleted posts. The reason that I deleted them is because I did not connect the dots very well. I had a very dark perspective that had come from a still very raw emotional state and though I did work my way into a more balanced mindset, I was finding that only certain posts were drawing attention and rather than risk someone being inspired by only part of the story, I opted to eliminate that risk in favor of sharing the more complete perspective that I am in a far better place to do now than I was. Does this count as self censorship? In a way it can be considered as much, maybe a little more like self revision, I simply found a better way to convey it.

A more direct form of self censorship would be, not speaking in church, in the same manner as you would with your friends watching a football game. A recognition of there being a time and place for everything, based in respect for others. An example of how I apply this would be….notice the lack of profanity in the last couple posts…..Not only is it a far cry from even many of the previous posts from years back that still remain, but it shows refining a method…..Here, Twitter on the other hand is my play ground, and I tend to say what I want and even then as time has went on I handle my interactions with others differently than what I post on MY wall with the idea that if you don’t like it….Look somewhere else. That is what the mute and block options are for. Here I am attempting to reach a broader audience. The point is self censorship works…BECAUSE it is a choice.

There is however another type of censorship and that is imposed censorship. This is a form of censorship we are seeing more and more of in modern times. Imposed censorship is generally enforced by taking a negative aspect of the few and blanketing everyone with an opposing view under the label of that negative aspect in order to coerce the majority into demonizing any view that opposes the censoring party whether it fits into the over generalized negative box or not. The more the censoring party accomplishes this, the more we then begin to see organized systems and even legislation put into place cementing the silence.

Now I will tell you why imposed censorship is a doomed course that accomplishes absolutely nothing. First off, even if the censoring party does their best to convince you that it is for the greater good, this is inherently a lie. It is a lie because, unlike self censorship which is choice driven and usually done with a measure of respect, imposed censorship is about forcing an idea on someone whose mind may tend a different direction, making it less about the overall value and more about the consequence. Already it sets a tone with defensiveness that is non-conducive to a peaceful outcome. This isn’t saying someone is dangerous because of actions taken but rather thoughts. Threatening to spank someone does not take these thoughts away. Education and debate takes those thoughts away through transforming the mindset towards a more balanced place. Imposed censorship blocks the very means to change by making a topic taboo to even bring up. When the destructive mindset remains, the mind finds other avenues to manifest itself.

A majority of the people dealing with everyday life, like the comfort of being told what to think and do, but inherently need the option to decline if they so choose. Imposed censorship strips them of that option, through CONTROL. History and even current events around the world have shown us that when people get their willpower beat down enough through Imposed CONTROL they will reach a breaking point in one of two ways. They will either become a destructive force, or become too weak to function. Neither option provides for anything but a bleak future outcome.

I know right? This sort of headline is becoming more and more commonplace these days, The big difference this time comes from the fact that I am the only one to my knowledge pointing this one out and the reason…..Well the reason will become clear here in the course of the article.

It’s no secret that we live in a world where buzz words designed to evoke instant and pure emotional response from the reader are rampant in media of all forms. In the entertainment industry, the ones we are seeing more of like sexism, racism and troll are designed to impose a negative image based on the emotions and personal prejudices they reinforce in the minds of the reader. What this article will be covering are the questions: To what end? and DO the media sites that use these terms so commonly, actually have any belief or moral stake themselves in the ideals that they use to generate these negative emotions?

Please allow me to begin by showing you a tweet by the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins. What you may notice right off is the supportive nature that embodies many of the popular memes and quotes that you see floating around the internet about women standing in support of one another.

So far, so good.

I’m not even aiming to get into the controversy surrounding Captain Marvel. If you look at YouTube and Twitter that ground and it’s counter arguments have enough voices on it and The Unspoken Ethic is about taking on the angle that isn’t commonplace or driven in the ground. No this isn’t about Brie Larson or her personal stances. This is about how so many of these types of matters are being presented in the media itself. So let me challenge you by showcasing a little piece by Variety titled:

‘Captain Marvel Ends Box Office Myths About Female Superheroes 

I am at a loss as to what myths this film was supposed to end. Wonder Woman landed was extremely well received and fairly balanced in it’s gender audience, with 55% being female. Captain Marvel’s audience surprisingly enough, for a film that was outright directed at drawing a female audience had 61% of it’s opening weekend audience being male. Both did good numbers. Both showed that even the male demographic would turn out for them….. What “myth” did it dispel exactly? What “myth” unless that myth is the narrative being pushed by the media that there is an issue with Female led superhero movies at all? Is this an issue with the studios, or the fans, because I see more coverage directed at fans being the problem than I am seeing evidence that the idea merits such coverage, so then……. To What End is this being played out to suggest otherwise?

Here is another piece written just yesterday put out by Gizmodo titled:

Wonder Woman 1984 is a sequel, How Is This Even a Question?

Pay attention now, especially my Twitter followers, because I’m about to pull a rope-a-dope and the end I’ll make my point clear. The above article is what the title of this post is inspired from. In this article you will find another buzz phrase lets see if you can spot it in this quote.
“That’s no reason to create some bizarre “False Narrative” around your film.” This statement is in regards to Patty Jenkins not considering WW84 a sequel. Now there are a couple reasons why this may not be “false narrative” One is that it was rumored that the film’s release date was pushed back in order for a “Flashpoint” movie to come before it. We now know that isn’t likely as that project won’t even start filming until late this year. The “Flashpoint” first news sprung up in the wake of a change in people in charge of the DCEU movies and the belief that an overhaul was needed while still securing the more successful elements of it like Wonder Woman. This isn’t to say that just because the “Flashpoint movie comes after that it’s story won’t play a huge factor in this Wonder Woman movie. that would be risky, but allow me to suggest another reason.

There IS a narrative among fans and general movie goers that superhero movies in general really have nothing to offer but origin stories. What if WW84 is (gasp) Actually just meant to be a stand alone film that loosely draws from the origin told and is just meant to be a cool Wonder Woman movie that does not even need to fit into the DCEU continuity? I can imagine at the time of preproduction they might not have even been sure there would be a continued DCEU storyline after Justice League took a hit. Given the 2 reasons I just mentioned, it seems rather unsightly to write an article that essentially openly calls Patty Jenkins a LIAR, with no more details than we have. That hardly seems in the wake of Captain Marvel’s seeming success to be very supportive of the next female led superhero movie to grace the big screen. How about that? The MEDIA just TROLLED the Wonder Woman sequel, maybe Rotten Tomatoes can censor their critics reviews next.

Are we getting it now? If anything is TROLLING these films in a manner that may limit their success it lies in how the media is at best making a mountain out of a mole hill and scaring even more general movie goers away, or at worst by laser focusing on social issues and making the arguments around a mere film that is just supposed to be a fun escape something far more personal than it has a right to be is further damaging the structure of communication in our society and generating chaos….. But then to What End?……… Does it REALLY seem like they care at all about these ideals, or are they JUST using them to their OWN ENDS?

It’s been some time since I posted anything here so I just wanted to touch base with my readers. There are changes coming to The Unspoken Ethic, changes that I have been meaning to implement for some time. I am currently in the early stages of setting up an area suitable for filming with the intent being to incorporate more video content here on the site. Along with that will also be some new pages aimed at making money and setting up for an email list, because, the unfortunate reality is that we all need money to get by and I am constantly finding that fact to be a wall that’s repeatedly setting me back from focusing more on the site and my writing in general. That second change will not effect the content of my posts in any way other than occasionally posting a reminder of these new pages. I will be giving more updates on my other work, like writing and the development of my YouTube channel which will be running the video content that I will be using in the future, hopefully soon. This is the first of 2 posts coming at you today, the second will reaffirm what I said about the core content and mission of this site remaining the same.

Thank you, Shayne Workman Primary Contributor