Our View: We all need some WTF in our lives
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 18:11
Spontaneity is an abstract concept to the routines of many college students. Routines and schedules are practiced every day, chiseled into our very beings.
We wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, get coffee, think about how much we like coffee, go to another class, eat food, go to our last class, head home, eat food, pretend to work on homework as we watch TV, then repeat.
We feel safe and comfortable in our habit filled lives and we look forward to a time where we can replace the classroom with a career and continue a routine.
We like to watch the same shows every week and rewatch the same movies. We buy auto-tuned music from artists who sound identical to their autotuned counterparts.
We expect a certain level of perfection when we watch our shows and listen to music. As a result we love watching incredibly polished and rehearsed performances; anything short of that would break the proper routine.
Breaking free of the music award routine of perfectly choreographed performances, YouTube’s first music awards event was live and random. Besides being the first music awards Youtube has celebrated, it is focusing heavily on the live aspect of its show.
Unlike other awards shows that take months to prepare, plan and rehearse, the YouTube’s award show last night had just one week to prepare.
It appears that the chance of imperfection excites audiences. Maybe artists will go a step farther than Miley’s twerking and perfect the Janet Jackson/ Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction.
The co-host, Jason Schwartzman, was nervous and excited for the randomness of the award show. When he was interviewed before the show about specifics by the Hollywood Reporter he said he knows only 10 percent more than the fans. While practicing earlier in the week he said, “there is a certain sense of relative ‘WTF’ around here.”
The excitement over YouTube’s live award show reflects our attitudes about our scripted reality. We have become excited about the possibility of it being new and authentic.
With live music videos being featured comes extreme challenges for camera crews, special effects and sound. Where performers will have little chance to practice prior to the show, hosts will be allowed to improvise.
It will take days or maybe even months to determine whether or not YouTube’s award show will be considered a success, but there is definitely something to be said about living with a little randomness.
The ability to just try something new is a task we should endeavor to complete, especially at college. Maybe it is just a random class that sounds interesting or a classmate we have been afraid to talk to. Cutting ourselves free from the scripted routines and the false perceptions of perfection can allow us to be spontaneous.
Maybe we all should have a certain sense of relative WTF in our lives; it may be good for us.
“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.