Clichés are Great

cliché –  an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. – from Wikipedia.

I enjoy clichés. In fact, I think the pejorative use of the word itself has condemned unfairly a wide variety of activities and ideas that, lacking the opprobrium carried along on the ‘cliché’ title, are tremendously fun (some of the ‘guilty pleasure’ variety, see Roland Emmerich below) and intellectually rich. Perhaps there was even some tired, stereotypical discourse in what I just said, I don’t know, but here are a few things traditionally consigned to the dustbin of the trite and overused that I think are awesome and undeservedly slighted by our oh-so-modern sensibilities:

longs walks on the beach, sunsets, sunrises, describing college as “intellectually rewarding”, idealism, phrases like “one bright autumn morning”, the importance of kindness, socialist realist pop art,  dystopic literature and film, zombie literature and film, camo patterned fabric, “two wrongs don’t make a right”, Firefly memes, Star Wars references, lone-hero archetypes, the renewal of spring, writing with pen or pencil, handwritten letters, the importance of being earnest, every Roland Emmerich film ever made, futuristic military jargon, cypherpunk everything, plots based on ‘found footage’, the trivial nature of money, the liberating nature of travel, ‘vintage’ photography, costume themed parties, hydrogen bomb dorm room posters, tattoos, green design, rainbows, obscure graphic-Ts, retro videogaming, War Games, jager bombs, MC Escher prints, Marxist historical interpretations, balmy evenings, light breezes, wizards.

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3 comments

    • devin howard

      Cassie Behle! My alter-hemispheric hero. I sincerely hope you are still writing, because you are better than I. (first time I’ve had internet since that last post, so I haven’t really been able to check up on your blog). I trust you are doing well, that the relationship is going swimmingly along (if not please pretend I was not so cavalier about that), and that things in general are playing out in the most enjoyable fashion. As for right now, I am a bit drunk, and having fun carousing around on an internet that I’d almost forgot.

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