What’s it like to break the fourth wall in real life?
I’ve been watching the sitcom Community
And Abed is my favorite character
I’ve also been compared to him by a friend
Which I actually like
(this seems indicative of the accuracy of the comparison, considering what Abed is like as a character)
By now, breaking the fourth wall is a pop culture cliche
It’s old, overused and sad to watch at this point in most of the things in which it is employed (didn’t stop me from doing it in Mr. Plumber tho)
Excepting whenever the Coen brothers do it of course…
There’s a point in Community-
no I’m not using italics anymore relax
when Jeff asks Abed how he’s so satisfied all the time
why he never wants to amount to something more than a community college student sitting on a couch eating Lucky charms and watching cartoons
Abed says the lucky charms are what he wants
Espoused from a posture of wisdom, lack of conventional ambition shouldn’t be concerning..
Then he points out to Jeff:
“You can do whatever you want; you just have to know what that is.
For me, it’s lucky charms and tv.”
At other points, Abed directly breaks the fourth wall
Often, as he does here, Abed simply voices the moral truth of what the other characters are experiencing
The writer also consistently use Abed as the meta expression of their own commentaries
Abed is always a few steps ahead
Abed operates at a higher stratosphere
And this in addition to his adorable clear-cut rationality and wholly transparent desire to be liked
are the only reasons Abed works as a character in a sitcom
If he was realistic, well, he’s the guy we all silently (or not so silently) judge
He’s the guy we avoid in the hallway
I myself strive for what he represents – to be able to break the fourth wall in real life
What does that mean?!
Do you pay enough attention to acknowledge the meta reality?
Let’s break down people for a sec
That was easy
obviously, there are untold aspects and dimensions of the human being of which I could have no understanding nor knowledge
And I imagine our drives for food and sex have intricacies that I couldn’t even make up
I’m trying to imagine people without society
How do I explain meta reality?
One solution to this problem
I’m a complete douchebag who is unaffected by your small concerns and customs
a different solution
your reality is defined by all of the things you don’t question or even consider
these are likely not mutually exclusive.. eek
Did you know… that someone can only become themselves on purpose?
What percentage of your actions are intentional?
And intentionality implies among other things motivated by a somewhat self or meta personality
Perhaps the meaning of your life…
Not sure that followed directly..
But what am I, not going to mention Bo Burnham?
My goal is to act within the rules and outside of them simultaneously
It seems to me that’s how successful people operate
And the geniuses are the ones that choose to think
about who they are and what they are doing
about common motivations and patterns of behavior
Breaking the fourth wall in real life
seems like a me problem for each of us
I would always like to be able to step outside of myself
But how? And what does it entail?
What will follow is by no means a comprehensive explanation
consider the manners and respects with I could
I love the Coen Brothers
I capitalized the b that time
completely arbitrary! love it
They’re great, both of them
And when I found out Joel and Frances were married?
That was a chuckle – how do you explain the good-natured “I shoulda known” light grin and shake of the head in one adjective?
If you know please please tell me I’m dying over here
#dyingtosurvive #meta @hashtagemailsymbol
Coen brothers have a film called Burn After Reading
and I can unequivocally let you know that
at no point in this movie does any character break the fourth wall
Just the opposite!
This film… it is entirely hysterical
It is so funny
And I’ll tell you why it’s my favorite film
Although I did watch Bladerunner 2049 recently and that was a banger
I also just realized I’m more Jeff than I thought.. still thirty-something percent Abed though (25% Annie I know that’s my unfortunate yet perhaps my truest nature)
The favorites thing is a big step for me cause I’ve always been enamored with the idea of favorites on the whole gut it’s been tough for me to have the in the past due to my enormously passive & indecisive/uncommiting and/or scaredy-feline nature
Not a single character in the film burn after reading has any sort of perspective
And I was originally gonna go for a nuanced explanation of this but I am getting a bit long-winded
So ill cast aside the cankerwackles & bop straight for the pickle-nanny
the plot of burn after reading is
A Giant Kerfuffle of Tiny Proportions!
And that’s how I feel…
About the entire world!!!
.not entirely accurate but ill leave it there cause, just cause