Saturday, 25 March 2017

Firefly Shindig: Sending the right message

With access to Netflix, I've been working my way through shows that I've previously missed. This includes Firefly, which has unfortunately since been removed. Someone recommending Firefly is certainly nothing new, but this post isn't about reviewing the show. Instead, it's just about a single message within the episode Shindig.

The scene in question relates to Kaylee, the ships mechanic, attending a fancy ball; the reasons for which are unimportant to this article. Upon arrival, she marvels at how the upper class live before being shamed by a gaggle of socialites, who strangely do not seem to be socializing, for her store-bought attire, and subsequently being saved by another party goer. A short time later, Kaylee is surrounded by suitors, who seem to be enjoying discussing her experiences as a mechanic.

This is the message that I was interested in. Being well presented may get you attention, but it doesn't help in keeping it. Kaylee got attention in the end because she was capable of having meaningful conversation with the other party goers.

I like to think of it as an art installation. Something pretty and meaningless may attract a respectable amount of people, but the turnover rate will be high. Conversely, something with a lot of depth but not as visually appealing, such as Marco Evaristti's Helena (Word of warning; if you plan on googling this piece, some may find it distressing), is likely to attract less people but they are likely to consider it longer and remember it better.


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