350 to 40: Making Something “You Can’t Make Now” or “Like That”…Now, and Like That


“Ah, they just don’t make comedies like _______, anymore.”

“You never could get away with doing ________ now now!”

I’ve said it. You’ve said it, I’m sure. And it’s probably true, in all our cases. They just aren’t/won’t/don’t/can’t make movies/TV/cartoons/porn like they used to anymore. Lately though, I’ve been thinking that all this means now, in the 21st century, is that people need to make that kind of art again, if they want to…and release it to as many people as they want. The Internet is a mega-crazy place now. It literally can and does support many artists and “content creators” and will likely continue to do so for our lifetimes, at least. 

So maybe it’s time people start making stuff like that again. If people start writing, filming, acting in, producing, and posting content in those ways none of us thing people can/could/would/are allowed to anymore, all of a sudden, it’s out there again. Being available doesn’t always mean commercial or financial success, or even an audience wider than your own social media circle at first…but the Internet makes it possible for good stuff to get seen by millions of people.

And the mediocre stuff can seen by a shit ton of people too, thank god. Otherwise I’d be worried I didn’t have an audience, sometimes if that weren’t true.

Just make it. You want to see it? Make it. I’m not telling you that if you build it, they’ll come. I’m just telling you…to make it.

More people should take control of the art they want to see. What inspires you? What do you want to inspire in others? Make it.

Unless it’s televangelism. We sure as shit don’t need more of that.

Other than that…do it. What’s the worst that can happen? Total and abject failure? Critical embarrassment? Shit, if you’re lucky and finish it, you MIGHT have to deal with those things. But first and foremost, you have to actually make your art from start to finish. 

It’s probably also worth noting that some stuff isn’t done because in tastes and large have changed. If someone were to complain that “they just don’t make racist jokes like they used to,” we’d kinda laugh at them, generally speaking. I’m not saying Blazing Saddles is racist; I’m saying that not everything that isn’t done anymore needs to make a comeback.

In the final equation though, if more people took advantage of what the Internet does in terms of democratizing and monetizing content, there could be more than one genre of movie, or music, or television programing given a cultural resurrection.  Then again, the cynic in me realizes that the big, fat fish in the pond will keep eating and shitting where we all eat and shit, and will eventually keep either gobbling up the ones they want or shitting so much it gets rid of the rest of us.

Fun metaphor, huh?

Until tomorrow, thanks for reading.

Catch up on the rest of the year’s entries HERE.

Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook, Spotify, and Instagram, but not Twitter because Twitter is a cesspool.


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