Denny's Zinger: The Most Distressing, Pointless Ad I Have Ever Seen
Peggy and I attend occasional performances of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Give me high drama and gorgeous music and I'm hooked. Examples: "Firebird" and "Swan Lake" directed by Christopher Wheeldon—based on the paintings of Degas—which we have seen twice.
The elegance, artistry, athleticism and narrative in combination with ravishing scores by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky I believe to be among the most sublime of human endeavors.
A Peek Inside Ballet's Sausage Factory
"Laws are like sausages," said Otto von Bismarck. "You don't want to see them being made."
I had heard en pointe—where dancers support their entire weight on the tips of their fully extended toes—is both unnatural and extremely painful.
But you don't think about that when these extraordinary artists are performing.
On Feb. 20 I went on Yahoo.
Next to my inbox was what you can see in the first image, in the media player.
Huawei—a Chinese manufacturer of digital gizmos—thrust me inside the equivalent of the ballet industry's sausage factory with this total non sequitur.
What is the possible connection?
Many years ago I read Pearl Buck's account of Oriental foot binding—where little girls were forced to wear tiny shoes and grew up in excruciating pain. The result: tiny deformed feet sexually attractive to men.
Takeaways to Consider
- Is the ancient sad sack sado-sexual foot fetish fascination found in the DNA of Huawei's psychotic creatives of today?
- "Avoid the hard-to-grasp headline—the headline that requires thought and is not clear at first glance." —John Caples
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