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Dawn of the Video Meme, or, Surprised by 'The Simpsons'

January 20, 2021 at 8 P.M. Eastern Time

I do not know of any contacts of mine working for the media industry or the entertainment industry. If you have heard from anyone who says they represent me or have special access to me, please know that I am the person you deal with, not them. Nobody else has the right to speak for me in any kind of business deal. I have never authorized anyone to gain funding for me. I have not agreed to pursue any crowdfunding. I have not licensed my name or likeness. I have been open to private talks to explore opportunities in media since 2018 if well-placed professionals in that field want to approach me. That's what I can say pending further advice from my attorney.

I'm updating this to let you know I'm still waiting to publish my first book, where I introduce it with some talk about how forty years of watching television and movies led to my ability to use media's effects upon me to solve everyday problems. I am a traditionally nonverbal autistic man who has many memorable minutes, hours, days, months, and years of experience in media and social situations, dating back to the 1980s.

To prepare for my book's release in 2018, I branched out into producing my first short-form entertainment series, which I have titled "Video Memes". If you are familiar with my work as a user and then moderation volunteer of the popular 4chan BBS, you'll understand why my smart yet simple form still works. The final entry in this first series was something that I was trying to get underway to release on Thanksgiving 2020, but it actually got delayed until Christmas. In the coming weeks and months, I may be posting more of these that I put up on Twitter, because they just don't have an encoding quality standard that I'm happy with.

If you don't know who John Swartzwelder is, he's an author and writer for The Simpsons who reportedly has a knack for having things burst into flames or blow up on-screen for no discernable reason. I took interest when they were trying to put him up as the SCTVish alternative that outflanked the mere Groundlings-based SNL, or whatever the bullshit story was to pump up the Simpsons DVD of the year. I don't have a cool-sounding John Nash math phrase for this, but "the Swartzwelder difference" seems to be that if Hollywood put it up as a puncher point or a cliche in a movie, it got torn down into a Johnny joke that made viewers laugh.

I watched some of WKRP in syndication re-runs in the early 1990s. It just didn't seem interesting since I'd already been to radio station DC-101 to see Doug Tracht's Greaseman morning show live. (You won't find a radio station named WKRP if you go to Cincinnati; it is a radio callsign abbreviation that evaluates in shorthand to 'Work Reputation'.)

Technically I got into the advertising industry earlier in life than John, but that's just because I didn't like having to put up with most of it.

Title: "WKRP topples John Swartzwelder"
Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Production start date: November 23, 2020
Broadcast date: December 23, 2020 on Twitter Video

Wow.. what a find!

Television is a wasteland today. Stupid and somewhere is outranking serious and smart. It's got to be smarter. Come on, guys. I shouldn't have to reel this stuff in. I've got to blow the whistle and throw an Oriole Bird flag on this, and I'm not aspiring to be Farrah Fawcett in the 1983 NBC 'Be There' promo..

I hit on the "WKRP in Cincinnati" reference above using my old 2018 IRC chat log notes. Today, I went to start watching broadcasts of The Simpsons again after a 25 year hiatus, and I found that just about a week after I made my screener on November 23rd, Fox aired a Simpsons episode on November 29th titled "The Road to Cincinnati" (S32E8). What a letdown.

That episode even has a character named 'Principal Duggans'. Other episode titles from Fox's Simpsons lineup: "Three Dreams Denied" (S32E7), "Sorry Not Sorry" (S32E9).. I didn't have the episode list. Not joking. Today I found the season 32 episode list on-line. Since season 9 and the movie in 2007, I'd been completely away from reading about or watching The Simpsons aside from the few loose ends below, because the reviews were so bad and I didn't want to invest in low quality capacity. Time out. I'm gonna have to add this one to the creepy coincedence file. There will be another post today about how to avoid stimulus runs if you are the target of something in media.

What I know: I consider myself well versed, having viewed every episode of The Simpsons seasons 1 through 7, with only a few episodes viewed in seasons 8 and 9. Outside of this, I have viewed S13E6, S17E11, and also later last year S20E7. Also there is a Smithers-themed episode that I remember viewing. I'll look for it.

I purchased the 'rumored Coronavirus episode' S5E11 from Google Play late last year and it had a mis-encoded aspect ratio, so I got a refund and stayed with the DVD version. (Note: A joke that is circulating is that at 5m:19s into episode S5E11, the high-tech security system creates a cloud of something when Bart threw a rock at it. The red-and-yellow-colored house then ran away to get away from it. Hmm..)

At any rate, I can only recommend season 1 of The Simpsons at this point. I do have to say that it had a more respected storytelling style when I got interested in it at age 11 because it had a Game Boy commercial attached to it.

This needs to be said: Big media should not be smashing references to harm people. We get to do this to media; media doesn't get to do this to us. I already know a portion of my 2018 promotional output made it into Fox or Disney: the two companies merged after I tied them in a reference in an internal video meme. Aside from that observation, I hope somebody at Comcast or elsewhere isn't spying on my internet connection, since that action is illegal. * See what a simple stupid reference smash leads to? Chase those guys out of a meeting for a day or two; that's how long your 5-10 minute productivity hit affects us in autism. I'll throw a tree full of corrector references around the stupid side of this to get you guys out of the industry.

Media doesn't get to stay silent and hold people under while cross-linking a bunch of titles and names at random and blowing out all the industry opportunities to bankrupt people at the bottom. Some in the experimental side of the entertainment industry have been getting away with doing 'Non-Invasive Neurosurgery' on people that way for years. It adds up. Think of that if you dare. It's always been salvageable for me, but for Christ's sake, please think of a proverbial earthquake scale needle or something and stop the stupid shit before I start writing to the FCC and corporate sponsors.

I'm in this to make sure you have something from me to like. My book has been completed since August 2020. It's ready. It's a primary source of income for me if I want to publish it, and I have to think of me in 1989. Your industry is pushing a net-negative balance into an impressionable life if you people can't write fair. You picked commercial entertainment. The fans' side is better because we get to make fun of you and we get to play the name-brand Tetris games we paid for.

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