Mark Cunningham offers us several unique specimens to study in the January issue and offers an incisive critique of Jersey Shore among other things in today’s interview.
1. One of my favorite lines in this series is “Hegel was right: Â the first time it was on TV, Space Ghost was heroic adventure; the second time, it was farce.” Â Which version of Space Ghost do you prefer personally?
I prefer the first Space Ghost. Â I had a Big-Little book of Space Ghost, which I must have read, but I don’t remember anything about it. Â The beginning of the TV show scared me. Â The announcer’s voice said, “Space Ghooooost”Â and the echo-y sound was kind of creepy. Â For a long time, I thought the voice was saying, “Space Goooooat.”Â
2. If you could whip out a guitar and play something right now, what would you play?
Either “I Ran (So Far Away)”Â by A Flock of Seagulls or any part of Earth 2—one long drone.
3. You seem well versed in sociology. Â What do you think sociologist will say about us in 100 years upon watching Jersey Shore?
I think sociologists one hundred years from now will watch Jersey Shore and will decide to study not how stupid Americans were—that will be all too well-known—but rather how will focus on how much planning, research, and effort went into devising a society every moment of which aimed at getting people to be as stupid as possible and then keeping them that way, especially considering the enormous amount of information readily available at the time on how the economy got the way it was, how the environment got the way it was, and what the true nature of the United States government and military was. Â But that research is being done now, and most people ignore it, so I don’t expect different results in the future. Â I’m assuming, thought, that these will be foreign sociologists, since in one hundred years all Americans will be right-wing Christians serving in the Air Force.
4. What is your favorite Atari game?
I was never much into Atari games, so I’d have to say Asteroids. Â My game was Galaga.
5. If presented with two baked goods to choose from in anguish, what would be those baked goods?
A linzer torte (any flavor) and a cranberry muffin. Â The linzer torte would probably get the nod.