April 03, 2003

Digital Johnny, Real Johnny

Hello All!

In the still-fresh footprints of Cody Sisco, my first posting will be dedicated to explaining what the hell my blog's title means. In short, "... digital Johnny, real Johnny..." is a phrase that the director of Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven, repeats several times during his commentary on the first tanker bug scene in the aforementioned movie's special edition DVD. In this scene, Johnny (Casper Van Dien) is riding atop a huge, computer-generated "tanker bug" and the scene switches between shots of a - you guessed it - digital Johnny and a real (live-action) Johnny to give you the sense that he's really riding this huge bug.

I guess I mainly chose this phrase because Verhoeven has a notoriously funny accent (especially evident on the commentary for Total Recall) and it sounds cool, even out of context. The secondary reason, and the reason that it made it from the short list of choices to the winner, is that I plan to attempt to do metaphorical content analysis of various kinds of media output, such as music, movies, news stories and other random shit, that draws out the distinctions and similarities between media and real life. Perhaps this is too high-brow (or just plain nerdry) of a goal, but I think it'll work if I can keep you all amused and coming back for more. Of course, I'll also be writing random stuff that isn't all academic n' shit cuz that'd be just too boring.

On another note, if you're interested, show up for the anti-war march that is going to begin at UC Berkeley Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 10:00am. The march will go all the way to Oakland City Hall, where there will be a rally. Come out and speak out against the bullshit war. Peace.

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Posted by: gene at April 3, 2003 01:32 PM

Hurrah! Welcome.

Mr. Verhoeven also says that "War makes facists of us all." Maybe I could put that on a sign for the protest march, or maybe I should just put something about the brain-boog on instead.

Verhoeven also directed Showgirls, which is a horribly bad movie. Right, Gene?

Posted by: kati at April 3, 2003 01:37 PM

I was thinking of having a sign-making party at my house tomorrow (or this) evening. You down? Any one else?

Posted by: Kristina at April 3, 2003 01:38 PM

1) i don't think i have ever met anyone who would voluntarily quote starship troopers.
2) i myself own starship troopers, not, mind, that i paid good money for it. i filched it. but still. that movie is brilliantly bad. props.

Posted by: michele at April 3, 2003 01:50 PM

yay for high-brow content! i've been avoiding using my blog out of (1) indolence, and (2) fear of alienating all my (admittedly, rather smart) friends forever. so go on with your bad bookish self.

i'll see you on saturday, or you'll see me--in the red skirt and the pom-poms, at webster & mcarthur or elsewhere along the route--smashing the apparatus of the state through rhyme.

Posted by: kt at April 3, 2003 03:47 PM

appreiciative nod from the peanut gallery for a good sense of humor on the part of the pom pom girl

Posted by: gene at April 3, 2003 08:32 PM

I humbly admit that the idea to use the first posting to explain the title of my blog is wholly Kristina's.

Posted by: cbsisco at April 5, 2003 12:34 AM