Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bigger cultural impact on your daily life, Star Wars or Jaws.

Last night during my weekly bashing of Star Wars my friend said that Star Wars had a bigger cultural impact than anything else. I disagreed and pulled a movie title from thin air, that being Jaws. He just laughed. But what he failed to realize is that nobody outside of hardcore nerds let Star Wars affect their lives. I can't think of a single time in my life where Star Wars had any sort of impact on it. I however can think of hundreds of times though where Jaws did. Yes this seems a bit small, but Jaws did terrify you with the thought of Shark attacks, something that's so rare and obscure, yet every beach goer thinks about it every time they go into the water. Now also, not everyone goes to beaches or even lives near the water, whether it's a bay, gulf, ocean, sea or whatever. However, i guarantee daily more people are thinking of Jaws subconsciously than Star Wars.

Just wondering what your take is on this. This debate lasted on XBL for a good 20-30 minutes with 2 of my friends raging hard, hardcore star wars nerds btw, while the third just kinda sat in silence every now and then adding something in. It actually got to the point that somehow Twister was being considered a horror movie just because people died in that and more people are afraid of that than sharks due to Jaws, that to me said they were failing in defending their beloved franchise. I eventually just let them have their glory so I can stop staring at the dashboard screen and we can get some Borderlands going.

But yea, what's your take? I could be in the wrong, but who knows.

24 comments:

  1. Star Wars - no contest. All Jaws did was scare me in my own pool - embarrassingly enough. Ha ha. Cool blog. Following.

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  2. Jaws, playing the theme song while playing games online is so fun lol

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  4. you have a good point, but star wars is more pervasive in our culture. in terms of directly affecting my life in meaningful ways it would probably be jaws though

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  5. I like Star Wars much better but you're right with your point of Jaws scaring more people.

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  6. Jaws is a comentary on our "I think we need a bigger ________" life style in America. Jaws is a representation of American Greed as it feeds on anything in sight.


    Or... I just need more sleep.

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  7. star wars one of the best movies of all time

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  8. You have a good point, but then again, whenever we gaze into the sky, isn't one of the few things we think about is Star Wars? Well, it is for me haha!

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  9. I'm somehow inclined to say Star Wars too. I'm sorry. It's just: There's a lot of nerds out there man!

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  10. Growing up, I watched Jaws at least three times a week & was totally obsessed with sharks. I wanted to be a marine biologist until I graduated high school. So yeah - definitely Jaws for me!

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  11. Of course Star wars.I didnt even enjoy or get scared watching Jaws.

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  12. The Force is strong with me. No shark is a match for me!

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  13. Starwars> Jaws. Not many people can claim to wear jaws underpants or of Jaws bedsheets.

    Interesting thoughts, followed

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  14. While Jaws definitely had a great short term effect, long term I think Star Wars wins more subtlety. I

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  15. Nice blog i love star wars!

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  16. lines such as "i am your father" seem to prevail but I think they are both large influences in our culture.

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  17. The only movie that had an impact on me was cool runnings...

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  18. between those two -> Star wars 100%

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