Have we Just Witnessed the End of Human Culture? Civilization? Evolution?


Make a note of the date:

Thursday 25th September 2014

For this is the date that human civilization ceased. From this moment nothing meaningful, creative or new can be achieved, even our evolution as a species may have ceased. If we are all honest with ourselves we’ve seen it coming for some time, a dumbing down of society, entertainment becoming ever more trite and puerile. But, on Thursday 25th September, I saw human civilization tip beyond the point of no return. The bar lowered itself to such depths, that it will be forever beyond the grasp of man.

I can’t remember where it all went wrong. The 90’s were still good, at least what I can remember of them. So how did we get here? How did things come to this point in time, where we’re watching a 45 year old mother of two wobble her buttocks in the name of entertainment? Is this some twisted side effect of a generation brought up on prozac? Or have we deteriorated to the level of dumb beasts, too far gone to discern between entertainment and morality?

The incident to which I am referring is the new music video, I use both the terms music and video loosely, of Jennifer Lopez. Now I remember Miss Lopez being on the scene back in the 90’s, so she has some staying power. I had however, imagined that her career would have developed from the raunchy act of the 90’s. I was only right in one respect, her act has developed, only to become far raunchier than what she produced when she was in her late 20’s. Miss Lopez is now a 45 year old mother of two, not that her age nor her being a mother in any way makes her unattractive. What it does do however, is carry the  responsibility of being a mother to two six year old children and I struggle to imagine what they make of mommy’s new song. Let us just take a look at scene from the video.

It is clear for all to see, a 45 year old Miss Lopez dancing with a blonde woman, who goes by the name of Iggy Azalea. Miss Azalea, who hails from Australia and is also known for the capacious nature of her buttocks, at just 24 years old is young enough to be Miss Lopez’s daughter. Just how does she explain to her kids what she does for a job?

The video continues with Miss Lopez writhing her way through a number of the Karma Sutra’s more fashionable positions. And performing what I have recently learned to be ‘twerking’. Twerking is a dance move, that can be best described as the rapid oscillation of one’s hips in a back and forth motion, with the knees bent. Visually it provides the effect of a woman with a very uncomfortable urinary tract infection, trying to rub her affected area on any surface she can find for relief. Not all that appealing, but then I am getting old.

The video is banal and the song even more so. After watching it one time I felt it my duty to express my anger at the video and wrote the following comment on YouTube.

In the 38 years I have inhabited this putrid filled planet, this is without shadow of a doubt the most banal and tasteless crap I have ever seen. At 45 I would hope she might have developed some dignity, it appears not. Sick, vile and perverse, a video that sums up all that is wrong in the world.

What astounded me was the volume and variety of the replies. My favourite response so far being:

Edgar Macias

 By the grammar used in your comment you seem to not be the type to watch these kind of videos. So why would you waste your time on video that you knew you weren’t going to enjoy. Oh wait your still a man despite the usage of proper grammar. You still wanted to get your rocks off looking at some booty video. But in the end it seems your intelligence got the best of you and you had to be all intelligent in your comment. GTFOH with that bullshit and go read an encyclopedia or something with your smartass!
I really appreciated the tone of Edgar’s response but felt it necessary to correct him that I had never let my intelligence come between me and masturbation. I felt I must also apologize for my flagrant adherence to the conventions of grammar. To which Edgar responded: 

Edgar Macias

+james roberts you’re really something else lol! You seem to be a smart guy, one day you’ll figure it out. Hell even Einstein enjoyed a little shaking of one’s ass! Loosen up a little and you just might get over the whole, the world is fukd up and I hate everyone’s ignorance attitude. And the watching of a 55 year perform naked is just crazy. You have problems why would you think that you sick lil puppy lol. It was fun catching your attention and busting your balls for a bit but I’m done with your ass. You remind me too much of my professor and I’d rather not continue with you because I could do this all damn day. So in parting I say Vete A La Verga Puto y Come Mierda Pendejo! 😉
I was saddened by Edgar terminating our discourse as I felt we were really starting to develop a rapport. I thanked him for his kind words and wished him well (can anyone translate that Spanish bit?)
So I have learned that we live in a world where using standard, common English is considered a weakness to be mocked, and where telling someone to read an encyclopedia is an insult. While watching 45 year old women with UTI seek out comfort is normal. Now I am starting to appreciate why I don’t understand ‘twerking’.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video.

4 thoughts on “Have we Just Witnessed the End of Human Culture? Civilization? Evolution?

  1. merzbow December 9, 2014 / 2:39 am



    • jimdroberts December 9, 2014 / 9:53 am

      Thank you so much for your succinct and erudite response. Your rapier like wit and expansive vocabulary must provide for great after dinner conversation.


  2. jimothy December 9, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    Of all the disasters, world wars, genocides, oppression of people and all the cruelty and injustice committed by man, THIS is the fall of civilization and culture? A video for a pop song with a suggestive theme? You act like this banality sprung into existence after the 90’s (the last good decade according to all of you “I live in the wrong generation/what’s wrong with the world today?” commenters.) Guess what, it’s always been around, at least the banality. As for the sexual themes, the reason why that hasn’t influenced the media in the past is because it was downright illegal. Do you consider censorship a preferable option? This video never claims to be high art and is not a representation of the pinnacle
    of human culture and evolution. It’s a pop song made to be catchy and a video meant to be enticing. If it doesn’t tickle your fancy – well, then your not the target audience. No need to be so dramatic and shame people just because they aren’t pandering to pseudo intellectuals as yourself. If I was you I would relax and avoid getting wound up by harmless things like this.


    • jimdroberts December 9, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to express your opinions.

      I see early on you were offended by my use of exaggeration in the title. I am sorry for this, I meant it to be taken figuratively, not literally. I was also using a literary technique known as ‘hyperbole’, this is a deliberate exaggeration used by the writer to provoke a response, or reaction, and in your case I see that it clearly did. I was considering a title along the lines of “Ms Lopez Dedicates Ballard to Her Ass”, but I thought that would have been just too vulgar.

      The 90’s really weren’t really all that good, in actual fact they are the reason for why things are so bad now, so I agree with you there.

      Banality is definitely on the increase due to the increased media channels that have to air material. As the demand to fill air time gets greater everyday, as a result the quality gets worse. Simple case of increased quantity decrease in quality, a phenomenon that can be seen in nearly any other industry.

      You mention censorship. No I do not agree with censorship (no matter how negative I include everyone’s comments on this blog). There is a big difference between censorship and decency. You say this video is “not high art”, I’m sorry it’s not art on any level, or in any way, shape, or form. Ms. Lopez is probably quite talented and I am convinced she is able to express herself in far better ways.

      It is ironic that you advise me to calm down when I wrote what I did for a bit of fun, and you seem to be tense,

      And finally to your flattery, there is absolutely no chance that I am anywhere close to being a pseudo intellectual. I’ve found things floating on their backs in ponds more capable of completing a coherent………


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