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Show a person doing something really really stupid. It
be shot from the point of view of an observer who is
doing something completely mundane, safe, and logical.
Have the audience sympathize with the observer and get
frustrated and angry at the level of stupidity in the
But then change the plot in such a way to reveal that it is
the observer who was doing something incredibly stupid
without realizing it, and that the first person was
brilliant, wise, and conscientious while carrying out their
seemingly stupid task.
Bonus points: make this as close to every day experiences
as possible (ie. nothing like: "But, he was dragging a log
a chain down the highway because that's how he planned
to stop the alien invasion") .. that's too easy
Double bonus points: flip the plot back once again just as
audience switches their sympathy to show that the first
stupid all along
The Lexicon of Comicana
explains grawlixes [notexactly, Dec 21 2015]
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||Um, you do know that they already have awards for a
particularly special kind of stupid? They are called "Darwin
||I could see this as a Super-Bowl ad, probably for an
investment advisor or mutual fund company. The
entertaining video clip according to this idea would play
first, followed by a statement implying that the
investment advisor has the perspective to see the whole
story. Considering past performance of investment
advisers compared to index funds, that would be an even
more special kind of stupid, but I expect that it would
still be an effective ad, with a large number of people (of
a more common kind of stupid) being influenced to get
advise from them. [+]
||This has got to be already in existence, in what I refer to as the mind-#@*% genre of films. But I'll not cry preheated since I'm not referencing an example.
||This is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, though.
||This sounds like keyhole porn.
||Both of those guys are stupid all along, but the very longness is what makes them great Tinker Tailor Soldier Porno stars. That and the log on a chain.
||It's okay, you can say "fuck" on the internet.
||Are you sure it's not mind-warp?
||Ideally, Socratic dialogue works a bit like this. [+]
||C.f., Kantian antinomies, Hegelian dialectic.
||The challenge is this: can you convey to the viewer a sense of shared discovery, or do you, as the author/director, come across to the viewer as just an irritating wise-guy with nothing positive to say?
||[Ian], are you talking about grawlixes? [link]