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Youtube and pornographic cooking shows

These are just some personal thoughts that relate to the typical traits of performers and entertainers. Click here for all of my other ramblings.

Let me warn you of a behavior that may hold you back in your progress. It feeds on a human characteristic of dependence that we all have, to a certain extent. I like to call it the pornographic cooking show effect.

Let me explain. Most people who watch cooking shows don’t do it to learn new recipes. They watch them to have to a pleasant cooking experience without having to buy groceries, prepare the food, and wash dishes. Yes, they didn’t cook anything, they can’t eat the food, or even smell it, so it’s a weak substitute for the real thing. Nonetheless, people are willing to accept this because there’s no cost and no hassle. It’s the same principle with porno, a pale imitation of the real experience where you don’t take part in the activity (let’s not discuss details). Still, it’s instant gratification with no hassle, no demands from another living person, at nearly no cost. Billions of dollars each year in that industry attest to that principle (it is probably recession proof, for all I know).

Dance clips can have a similar effect, because they reduce your incentive to practice the dance yourself. With today’s wireless internet, Youtube, and the laptaop (or the iPad), you can watch the greatest battle events at any time, at any place. Instant gratification anywhere you are, no matter who you are, or what your own dancing skills are.

Yes, you weren’t there, and it wasn’t you who wowed everyone with your sick moves. But you didn’t need to practice the drills. On days where your energies are low and you’re flooded by self-doubt, you can watch the same clips on Popin’ Taco over and over again. This helps you feel better after not being quite able to execute those arm wave like you wanted to. Hell, on your laziest days, you can just imagine that you are Salah, and that it was you at at the final round of Juste Debout. They feed your fantasies, just like pornos do.

This wasn’t an option back in the 1970s/1980s (or even less than a decade ago to a large extent). If you didn’t dance and meet up with other dancers, then you had no other substitute for the experience. Hell, there were little options for entertainment in general (especially for the poor urban youth who invented popping and bboying). There simply was less chance of gratification of any kind without effort. This made you hungry, as Otis Funkmeyer told me in our interview. It spurned you to improve your skills, because you had to rely on yourself for gratification, not on technology.

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