dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The quiet one: Arlo as an observer.

As I mentioned earlier, Arlo is often used as a mouthpiece for his creator's way of seeing the world. His belief that he's going to work to buy things he doesn't really need with money he doesn't really have because the people who make the things he doesn't need need the money he doesn't have to live is more or less how Johnson sees the consumer society; his mild dread of the information age also shines through. One of the first examples that I can remember was Arlo's disbelief when told of MP3 players; part of me thought that he simply hadn't kept up but another part thought "Hey!! This guy maybe doesn't want there to be MP3 players." As we've seen since, Johnson thinks that something good has been lost in all the hype. Something like respect for the past; that's because something he said once spoke to me one fine Veteran's Day. He'd started out by mentioning that his father's generation was a force to be reckoned with because they took on Hitler; he'd allowed as how they'd tried to be the facile boobs that pop culture expected them to be but had seen and done to much to do so. It thus fell to Arlo's generation to be the grinning dough-heads their fathers couldn't be.
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