Boburnham Inside Addresses Depression Like Real-World Evangelion

One of the things that accompanies childhood in Florida is practical knowledge of hurricane mechanics. The simple version I learned as a kid is almost mediocre. The temperature of the sea rises sufficiently (80 degrees Fahrenheit), and the accumulation of warm air increases as cold air replaces it. Its accumulation encourages thunderstorms that collect around cyclones, and the Coriolis effect of the Earth helps the up-and-coming storm system rotate. With enough wind and water vapor, storms occur, which are completely natural and completely destructive. Every June-October, the hurricane season is approaching, and superstorms can crash into your life and cause confusion. The only thing you can really do about it is: stay inside.

Netflix Comedy Special Boburnham internal It doesn’t really identify why he or anyone else had to get stuck indoors for a year. He doesn’t have to. All souls on earth have survived the coronavirus pandemic. So it’s clear that there is the next special thing: a solo exhibition set in a room full of dark satirical songs, gloomy solitude, and dazzling works. But none of Burnham’s jokes or provocations really have anything to do with the ongoing crisis. Instead, he focuses on an overwhelming series of disasters that were already in focus long before the United States had its first COVID-19 case. In his words, there are problems like “systematic repression … income inequality … other things”.

In most cases internal It’s about what happens when life online reaches 30, and how many years of human experience have been given to us that have been reduced to “content” for others to “engage”. Burnham’s view is unusual. As one of YouTube’s first stars, he became famous for singing funny songs in his bedroom when he was a teenager. internal It’s not as pandemic art as internet art. The room in which the persona on his screen is trapped is literally the room in which he chose to be there. It’s his Los Angeles home guesthouse, the same one that appeared in his last special coder. Make you happy..To internalBut he uses it as a physical representation of online space. White women’s Instagram page, over-stimulated carnival barkers that mimic social media feeds, laser-fueled power ballad reminders of Jeff Bezos’ insatiable wealth and overkill — this is the digital womb we’re crawling back on is.

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internal A stunning piece of depression core in which Burnham ponders the inertia of our collective destiny. He’s often a white guy who wants to do comedy, but what does it do? In a digital world where influencer parties, police atrocities, medical crowdfunding, and the latest Star Wars prequel memes all collide on the same timeline, why does one of these issues collapse into everything else? What did it do in our psyche, can we take it all in and keep scrolling?

Hideaki Anno’s earthquake animation Neon Genesis EVANGELION It has an idea called Absolute Terrorist Field, or AT Field. It is the metaphysical power of all sentient beings, an invisible barrier that distinguishes your ego and your senses from others.In psychology EvangelionThe terrible fear of being known is part of what makes us personal and forms the literal barrier that connects us. It is also the power that the world is destined for. The giant monsters known as Angels, the adversaries of the series, have very powerful AT fields and can hardly destroy them.

This series is about the struggle to stop these monsters and the confusing way the Earth fights them: put the kids in a hybrid machine monster called EVA, isolate them in a womb-like capsule, and EVA unit. Feel everything EVA feels by controlling them as well as making them. Inside EVA Unit-01, the main character, Shinji Ikari, is alone in his thoughts, which scares him even more than the fate outside his capsule. He can try to save the world, but what’s the point when he hates himself?Definition image of Evangelion It’s not the giant EVA unit-01, but Shinji, curled up inside, crushed by the weight of everything that’s happening outside, and feels like nothing can be done.

internal Bo Burnham appears frequently in a similar situation. You can curl up on the floor, sit on a chair, or hang your head on the keyboard. His anguish is the point, and all its tragedy is subtly suggested through various songs. He is probably isolated and desperate. No pandemic blockade is required. “See who’s inside again,” he meditates in a song, talking about the five-year performance break that began with a panic attack and poor mental health at the most brave moment of the special. I will. He finally seemed to be up until early 2020, when “the weirdest thing happened.”

Burnham shares this anecdote in the middle of “All Eyes on Me.” This is probably the special and most angry song. There are no clever jokes hidden in the lyrics. It’s the nihilism of three parts that mourn the performance life he almost lost back and one part with blue stage lighting.

“You say the sea is rising / like I shit? / You say the world is over / honey, it’s already done” The bridge of the song is distorted and overflowing. “Did you take it? Good. Come on, go inside.”

No one has been built for this chaotic flood. It’s part of online life. If the Internet is, nihilism is a rational reaction, as Burnham characterizes it with “Welcome to the Internet”, “always just a little bit of everything”. Logoff doesn’t really feel like an option. The Internet does not contain everything we need to know legally and everyone we want to feel close to. But there is no clean break. There is no way to curate the desired part from chaos. At the very least, that wouldn’t be the case without the tools you often learn from working in an online space. More terrible things are happening all the time and they are happening all the time. Most of us hear much more than those who work to use the Internet for activities and meaningful changes. Like EVA Shinji, tools that can change things are also a source of our pain. Overcoming that dynamic feels as much as possible against the laws of nature.

We were talking about hurricanes.

Hurricane eyes are its most attractive feature. In dry land, the center of the storm, where the entire system rotates, is the area of ​​momentary tranquility. On average, 20-40 miles of space is calm, despite the visible chaos.

That’s why when you look at Robert Bo Burnham in the iconic room of the Internet, you think of a hurricane that can successfully deceive you with calm eyes, even if a storm destroys everything around you. I’m Burnham’s age, and like him, I grew up in a world where fate was supposed to be far away, but it was only discovered in adulthood, which wasn’t true. The end is here and we log on to it every day. We scroll inside safely for destruction, tragedy and jokes. And we’ve been doing that for a long time.

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