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This is a website dedicated to the fantasy, romance, and horror movie S. Darko.

Traditional and Modern

You have to understand that modern horror doesn’t look like traditional horror films. This makes a lot of sense because the world has changed dramatically in the past fifty years. If you look at classic horror movies from the 1950’s, one pattern emerges. There’s a sense of dread and fascination with things that are unknown, taboo, or otherwise dangerous. This whole idea of some sort of vast territory of the human subconsciousness that is plainly off limits to everyday people traces from the Cold War.

There were certain ideas during the 1950’s that normal average Americans should not bother with. Chief among these, of course, was communism. Following closely was socialism and other ideas. The world was neatly divided into black and white.

This is a great metaphor because this black and white division also applied to the physical color of the people living in the United States. After all, in the 1950’s Jim Crow Laws were the laws of the land. At least in the South, legal discrimination, which separated people based on the color of their skin, their racial group was the law of the land. Depending on the color of your skin, you may not be able to live at a particular side of town. You might not be able to work at a certain job. That was the reality back then.

It was a black and white world in so many different levels. Fast forward to today, it’s a completely different world. People can go wherever they want. If you’re driven, ambitious, hard-working, and you have a big vision for your future, you can rise in society. You can go quite far. You only need to look at the 2008 election of one Barack Hussein Obama to understand what I’m talking about.

The old barriers have fallen. The old walls have been demolished. A lot of this black and white construction of our social economic and political reality is gone. It’s a thing of the past. Interestingly enough, in a world where there are less walls and let’s not fool ourselves here. There are still walls present. If you think about the human condition, it would be sad yet realistic to assume that walls will never entirely disappear.

The Disturbing Pattern

There is a disturbing pattern. Sure, a lot of these traditional walls have gone the way of the dinosaurs. But what replaced them is equally troubling. In a world where we’re supposed to be equal and equity is pretty much high on the list of the most countries’ social priorities, there is a danger of losing identity.

In a world where equality is the top value, what you won’t quickly recognize is that there is some comfort from hard and fast distinctions. There is some sort of confidence one can take from the fact that you can tell what is up and what is down, what is white, what is black, what is in and what is out.

A lot of people are saying that this should not matter. All we should focus is what is in front of us and that we can recreate our reality, recreate our future on and on it goes. It’s easy to understand why a lot of people think that way but unfortunately, the world works according to certain rules. Imagining that these rules do not exist does not necessarily make them go away.

Oftentimes, we have to deal with the world the way it is instead of the way we wish it worked. People will always draw hierarchies. People will always sort themselves out in terms of perceived value. People will always come up with some sort of packing order or organization chart. If you don’t do it, somebody else will. That’s just the way things are. That is an ingrained heart of the human condition.

To think that all of these will disappear, it opens a whole can of worms. This is the precisely the kind of intersection of the modern insecurity that contemporary horror films explore. Back in the old days, you can see who the scary people were. You can easily imagine scary ideas and scenarios. But if you were to play all those movies today, most people would laugh. Most people would chuckle. They’d consider those materials corny, outdated, and irrelevant. But people are still scared.

What people are scared of is definition. People are scared that if they defined things a certain way, that somehow someway they will be found lacking. In other words, they are scared of what other people would think. They don’t want to be judged. They don’t want to be reviewed by people as somehow falling behind.

Who know what people a hundred years from now would think about our own judgments? This is what scares people. This is why a lot of horror movies focus on uncertainty. It is this uncertainty of standing on a knife’s edge in terms of judgment that defines modern horror. It doesn’t arise from your ability to draw neat and tidy lines between good and bad, black and white, and other forms of bipolar philosophies.

Instead, the focus is on are you right? Is this good enough? Are you seeing what you should be seeing? At the end of the day, there is really a paradox. We still believe in right and wrong. Obviously, we’re scared about being wrong and that’s what supplies the tension, and contradiction that makes modern horror quite interesting. It all boils down to a very modern sensibility and point of view when it comes to subject matter and, of course, pacing.


Can Vape Juice be Considered a Personal Accessory?

One of the hottest product categories related to vape juice and vaping in general involves vaping accessories. Now, this is not as straightforward as you think. I’m not just talking about online vape juice branded swag.

A lot of people believe that these types of accessories simply involve carrying materials. I am, of course, talking about the boxes and storage materials that you would normally use with vape juice and e-liquid. These are the things that instantly come to mind.

But the word “accessory” is actually quite broad. It goes beyond storage. It goes beyond carrying paraphernalia from Point A to Point B. It can also involve clothing, believe it or not.

A lot of people don’t think that this is the case, but you have to understand that when you are part of a vaping culture or a lifestyle, everything about you, all those small details, add up to quite a bit. These details come together to paint a broad picture of who you are, what you’re about, what people should expect from you, the whole ball of wax.

And viewed from this perspective, it’s easy to see why a lot of manufacturers are getting on the accessories bandwagon. They’re really thinking outside the vape box, so to speak.

Instead of just looking at accessories as simply a product category that enables people to vape better or carry their stuff around more efficiently or more discreetly, accessories makers are looking at the whole lifestyle. They’re looking at clothing, they’re looking at head gear, footwear, you name it. This is a good indication that the industry really is mature. Vaping is here to stay.

It really blows the mind as to why vaping took so long to become popular. As you probably already know, this scene originally started with people looking for creative ways to extract as much flavor as well as resin from marijuana. But as more and more people got into vaping and e-juice, things changed dramatically.

Now, we’re dealing with completely legal substances, although weed is fast becoming legal in certain parts of the United States, the old questions remain. You have to project the right taste and you have to project the right cloud or appearance of a cloud.

And this is where the vaping scene really takes off because there’s just so many ways you can go. There are so many directions you could take. You can have a vape cloud that looks like a mushroom cloud, it really is mind blowing. Or you can have a fairly heavy vape cloud that doesn’t really create much a visual impact, but you can bet packs quite a bit of nicotine into your lungs.

There is kind of an internal debate within the industry should these clouds be, nice and pervasive, like people from 20 feet away can see the nice vape cloud that you make when you exhale, or should it focus primarily on taste and nicotine impact. The jury is still out, but you can bet that there is a tremendous amount of discussion as well as analysis inside and outside the industry regarding how personal vape juice could be.

But there is one point everybody can pretty much agree on. Your choice of vape juice is your choice. In other words, it’s very personal. So if there is a way you can broadcast that or make it plain to people around you, then this would count as some sort of personal accessory.

Remember, an accessory really is some sort of device, or some sort of action on your part or practice that draws attention to you. Everybody’s different. Everybody has a different way of doing things. Everybody definitely has different styles. So accessorization in this context makes a lot of sense as far as paving is concerned. Your choice of juice remains with you. It’s distinctive to you.

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