Tuesday, June 13, 2006

CaC 5: Transcendentalism vs. Shark Bites

Ah yes, the age old question of shark bites and Transcendentalism. One is cold, viscous, and unforgiving. The other has brought forth some of the greatest books in American literature, as well as making icons out of the most noted leaders of the movement. Let's see just how similar these two ideas really are. Transcendentalism was the response to all the mechanization that was thriving during the early 19th century. Many of its followers, such as Walden and Thoreau, and noted for being extremely cold-hearted individuals. It's a well known fact that Thoreau is the one that coined the phrase "Like taking candy from a baby," and stole babies as well as their candy. Walden was the straight man that helped to move the plot forward, while Thoreau pleased the crowd with his manic antics. However, another noted Transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller, went by the nickname "Shark Bite" Fuller, due to her tendency to bite her friends and family. Shark bites, on the other hand, are the thread in the fabric of the American spirit. Shark bites have long been the darlings of Hollywood. The original shark film, Jaws, is noted as being the first blockbuster film, and propelling its director, Steven Spielberg, to Hollywood's hottest director. Deep Blue Sea helped promote then rapper LL Cool J to rapper/actor. While Transcendentalism failed to attain even moderate success at the box office, shark bites are the kings of the silver screen as well as television. Shark bite stories are the mainstays of 24 hour news, interrupting the hum-drum of the summer months. In closing, while shark bites and Transcendentalism might have a few things in common, shark bites are way better and more important to the human experience.