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Seven Deadly Sites

I read a cool article that compared different social media sites to the seven deadly sins (so I guess in a way, the author was saying that the Internet was hell?), but I found that some of them weren’t totally accurate (at least not for me), so I reworked the list. Here’s the original:

Lust = Tinder (It’s some kind of dating site, but I’ve never used it.)
Gluttony = Instagram (Because people post pictures of food.)
Greed = LinkedIn (More money, more jobs, more problems.)
Sloth = Netflix (It’s not social media, but the comparison is accurate.)
Wrath = Twitter (Oh, so many heated arguments about nothing!)
Envy = Pinterest (Because people post so many perfect-looking projects.)
Pride = Medium (I’ve never heard of it.) or Facebook (People posting about themselves all the time.)

Here are mine, but they’re not strictly social media:

Lust = 4chan or porn sites (Seems like those are the granddaddy of lustful temptation, not necessarily Tinder.)
Gluttony = Pinterest (I’m not on Instagram, so I see more food and recipes on Pinterest.)
Greed = Tumblr (I follow a lot of notebook and journaling blogs, and I want to buy everything I see on there.) or Amazon (for obvious reasons)
Sloth = YouTube (I watch more YouTube than Netflix, and it’s so easy to say “just one more video… it’s only 3 minutes!”)
Wrath = CNN.com or any news site (The world has so many problems that it makes me angry.)
Envy = Blessed Is She (Ironically an uplifting Catholic site, but it makes me envious because the site features those who are much better writers than me.)
Pride = WordPress (I’ve debated many times about whether I should shut down my blog because I’m trying to figure out why I’m posting. To show off or because I honestly love writing? This is my main Internet home, so in a way it’s my Facebook—I don’t think I could ever give it up.)

What are your seven deadly sites?

Entertainment and Current Events

Wanna Play a Game?

SPOILER ALERT if you have not yet seen the movie Gerald’s Game (on Netflix).

Sorry for the Stephen King overload on this blog, but I periodically get re-obsessed with his work, so many admiring posts result. Anyway…

I read Gerald’s Game a long time ago, probably when I was in high school, and all I remember thinking was that I would never let anyone handcuff me anywhere if I could help it. The book didn’t really stand out in my mind as one of my absolute favorites by King, probably because it’s written in a similar vein as Lisey’s Story and Rose Madder, in that it has themes of feminism, spousal abuse, and domestic violence. (Don’t get me wrong; Rose Madder was one of my favorite books by King, but he is somehow less strong when he writes from a female perspective.)

Because it had been a long time since I’d read the book, I couldn’t really compare it to the movie in terms of how accurately the latter followed the former. I would say that the movie was good enough in its own right, and I probably would have seen it if it hadn’t had any relation to Stephen King. Gerald’s Game was classified as horror, but it’s not the kind of horror with over-the-top blood and “jump scare” scenes. It was more of a psychological suspense movie, where the horror is inside the character’s mind. This is more compelling to me because real human beings live with psychological horror every day, and the in-depth exploration of a character’s psychological background is so rarely done in movies. Most of the time, it’s just action sequences right after another with very little exploration of character.

Like It, Gerald’s Game was “aged up” to take place in the 2010s, which didn’t affect the plot at all. In fact, some of the themes in Gerald’s Game were probably more relevant today than when the book was written. When I watched it, I was reminded of many recent news articles about the pornography epidemic and its detrimental effects on men and boys—I could imagine Gerald being addicted to bondage porn and wanting to try out that fantasy on his wife. Also, one of the biggest elements in the movie was a solar eclipse, which reminded me of the solar eclipse this past August. They probably should have released the movie on Netflix a month earlier to make it even more timely.

If you want a horror movie that makes you think, I highly recommend Gerald’s Game, but if you want a lot of action sequences or a more typical horror movie with tons of blood and gore, this is not the movie for you. Yes, it does have its bloody moments, but they’re actually fairly tame compared to a lot of the horror movies that have come out recently.

Entertainment and Current Events

Low Key and Slow Paced

Movie: Uncertain Terms
Director: Nathan Silver
Genre: Indie/Drama
Description (from Netflix): His marriage is failing and he needs a break, but falling for a pregnant teenager wasn’t part of the plan.

Spoiler alert!

Sometimes Netflix has surprisingly good stuff. Uncertain Terms was rated one star, probably by viewers who wanted something with a little more action or sex scenes. Uncertain Terms might not have been a five-star movie, but it wasn’t a one-star either. For starters, it didn’t feel I was watching a movie. The characters spoke like real people, and they looked like real people
because the actors weren’t Hollywood beautiful or even well known. The only issue I had with the dialogue was that there was a ton of profanity, but I didn’t feel as though it was unrealistic for the characters’ situation. The other two issues I had with the movie were the use of the appallingly disgusting Rhia song “My Neck, My Back” and the fact that the man who fell in love with the
teenager should have known better, but in a way I could sympathize with him based on what little of his backstory I knew.

What I enjoyed most about the movie was that it was on a small scale. The drama took place in a home for pregnant teenagers somewhere in New England (I’m thinking Massachusetts), so the scenery consisted mostly of dense green forests and paths through the woods. Because the pacing was slower, the movie seemed to be longer than it was, and you felt as though you got to know the characters better as a result. The writers erred on the side of using minimal dialogue, which was a nice change of pace from movies that only show off the writers’ “wit” through a bunch of snark. In short, the movie was type of story that I really enjoy writing and reading about: something more low-key but with drama that still manages to cause a great effect, basically the antithesis of superhero movies or stuff with over-the-top CGI and special effects.

Many of the Netflix reviewers who rated the movie one star complained about the ending, but I disagreed. The ending was actually better than what I had predicted, with the main character returning to his wife and the teenage girl awakened to the fact that she had almost gotten hurt in a situation that was rapidly getting out of control. It’s an indie movie, so it’s not going to appeal to the masses, but it’s good to know that at least one director in the world knows that not all movies have to be loud to get their point across.