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The Epitome of Self
Such is the United States of America
About this creation
After reading and contemplating Nannan Z’s latest diorama, several thoughts popped into my head that I wanted to share via Lego; chiefly that of the greed of today’s society as impelled by the overwhelming power of the media. You might find this a little more straight-forward than the imaginative writings that are the fundamentals of Nannan’s series of dioramas, but hopefully this will prove to be equally thought provoking.





Seemingly surreal and meaningless, this structure depicts (like I said before) modern society walking down the path of the media, through the gateways of self, and to the inferno of utter destruction. Just as dark colors absorb heat, the black figures represent those who absorb care and affection from those around them and as they have an abundance of such, are able to distribute care and affection to the rest of the world.



But to the dismay of a select few, these black figures have been lured by the media down the stairs of decided ignorance one step at a time, until suddenly they enter the doorway of self, morphing into self-absorbed figures of grey, completely repealing the world around them; just as light colors repeal heat. After that, the figures have no choice but to mindlessly stroll down the highway of self, eventually meeting their doom in the flames of death.



But before our little American figures can even begin their way down the steps of ignorance, they have to be shown the way to destruction as a nation. That leader is – I believe – the media. Whether it’s music, TV, movies, video games, it’s all the same. Everything is focused intently on self. And seeing as the United States is focused intently on media, it is not hard to come to the conclusion we are unarguably fixated on the almighty “ME”.



Considering the immoral selfishness of the United States, we are being swept off our feet by the crushing flood of self as advertised by today’s media and then thrown into the inferno of death as a nation. All the while listening unknowingly to a polluted ideology of lies! Should we catch this, there is yet time to save us. But as of now – as of December 31st, 2009 – we are going to die a disastrous death that is caused by self-love and encouraged by the media.












Fourthwall Commentary: Please note that I used the United States as an example only due to the fact that I live here. I cannot judge England, Australia, Germany, or any other “first world countries”. But knowing that the media is present everywhere in the world, I am sure that its influence is. I will leave it at that. Please feel free to leave your thoughts or opinion. Not that the interwebs are lacking in opinion…





The Epitome of Self





Comments

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  August 22, 2012
One must find himself gradually, not externally.
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  March 8, 2011
...Makes you think...
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  January 21, 2011
Yeah, this lesson is pretty much a "no duh" thing. It's simple to realize. But people still fall for it. My sister is mediazed this way and there's no way to stop it. The build itself kind of reminds me of Diablo II.
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  January 11, 2011
Really cool 5/5!!!
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  October 10, 2010
Wow, great job. This is a very thought provoking piece. I like the way you used faceless minifigs, so the audience focuses on the meaning, not the action or expressions. incredible work!
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  October 6, 2010
the need to belong is a threat to self thought and leads to mainstreaming ideaology to the masses. the coincept is very nice, i completely agree with the gates and leading to untter desturction, very thru in present society.
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  July 7, 2010
Just one word: brilliant!
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  April 1, 2010
Very nice, the media is driving us down a path of consumerism, and self-destruction. Although I don't think we are forced to follow it, we have our own choices, except the cool kids follow it and everyone follows the cool kids, I personally enjoy being the minority. And Ethan, so if we follow, let's say Allah or Buddah we'd end up in an equally bad place as if we didn't? Even the church is stooping to the media to get more followers, living in a mainly Catholic country I am constantly exposed to such media, religion is being sold like any other product, it's quite sad, actually.
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  March 21, 2010
Aren't we viewing this on a media outlet? Nice build.
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  February 3, 2010
The fire is awesome and the photography is excellent. Well Done JD!
JD Luse
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Michael Sloper
  January 29, 2010
This doesn't even look like it's lego! It's a piece of art. It's one of those things that is simple but get's your brain working. Great use of SNOT. Oh, and I posted a non-star wars moc. I would like it if you could comment on it when you get the time.
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  January 7, 2010
First of all, this is very well constructed! It captures the surreal feel wonderfully which helps with the analogy you're making. Second, I have to disagree with some of the statements you've made. While the media does mislead people to a certain extent, they are not responsible for the choices that the people make. One’s life and end of life depend on the choices that one makes, and it’s NEVER too late for one to change his life as long as he lives on this earth. Also, the spiritual state of our country is a major if not the greatest contributor to the issues we face. What this country could really use is a revival. People need to see through the lies and twisted stories that are becoming more and more prominent in our country, and look to God for guidance. If people would only place their faith in God, they would not be so easily misled. So, in conclusion, I agree to a certain point with some of what you've said, but I do think that there is much more to our country's situation than what you've stated.
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  January 4, 2010
i completely and utterly agree. and it's not just in the states, it's in canada and probably everywhere. on of the things i love about lego is that, contrary to everyones belief that it is just a toy, it can actually also be a form of art. artists use paint to convey deep meanings to others. we use plastic blocks. but i find it amazing how many deep thoughts can be expressed with lego. great job!
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  January 4, 2010
sad, but true
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  January 4, 2010
the black figures may not always walk down the stairs of ignorance, at least, that's my opinion, plus, whose to say it's the media? well, nice work. love the architecture.
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  January 4, 2010
Great work JD as usual. Just remember that everyone has free will as well. Media only influences those who don't have the ability, or refuse to use their own free will.
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  January 3, 2010
a bit jaded for my tastes but I understand the frustration. Media can hurt society but it can also help. for instance MOCpages itself is a form of media but it is also a nurturing helpfull community. As for the build the monolith with the doors and inferno is very cool as well as the people. Keep building -Ian
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  January 3, 2010
A piece of obviously Nannan-inspired work. I love it, and its so true, the world we live in today. Thats why its up to the TFOL's to restore order when our time comes :)
  January 2, 2010
Looks pretty good. Its a little odd, definitely Nannan esq.
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  January 2, 2010
Nice clean build, and strong shape that speaks without needing any words. Thanks for sharing. Lee.
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  January 1, 2010
Good thing MOCpages isn't like the rest of the media.... *snicker* I really like the idea of this. Happy new year!
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  January 1, 2010
Beautiful piece of work there. I like the strong message your image represents. You could argue that the effect of media on people differs for every person, as well as every place or country they're in. But media could be polluting ideologies -as you call it- everywhere, because a message can rarely be purely objective. It's only that I have a feeling that the media in the United States (which we also get to see a lot of here - a bit too much for my taste, as it sometimes even seems predominant) seem to be more openly biased toward certain points of view.
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  January 1, 2010
Thanks for this . . . such simplicity to the diorama but such powerful implications.
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  January 1, 2010
Thanks for this . . . such simplicity to the diorama but such powerful implications.
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  January 1, 2010
Sometimes the propaganda makes us believe what we don't want to believe. The government is in control. We just don't realize it.
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  January 1, 2010
This is sophisticated, yet i can actually read it :D this is really great, and i think really embodies a problem the world is facing.
JD Luse
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Blake Buehl
  December 31, 2009
I understood this better than I can Nannan. Good build, good moral. Overall, great job! By the way, I'm working on a castle. Any tips? It has a large statue on top.
JD Luse
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Dave Shaddix
  December 31, 2009
I blame Nancy Grace, personally.
JD Luse
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Dave Shaddix
  December 31, 2009
wow... now that's comedy! And JD, congrats on being one of the 'popular builders'. I'll requisition a leather recliner for you. It will be waiting when the time comes.
JD Luse
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Dave Shaddix
  December 31, 2009
no sweat dude, we're all fodder here.
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  December 31, 2009
Reform and change I say... Corruption sucks. :] brilliant work.
  December 31, 2009
Excellent Work! Nice solid, clean build
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  December 31, 2009
Excellent JD.
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  December 31, 2009
Hopfully following on the same lines as your moc, Another way our nation can meet its demise is because of those people who have a preconcieved notion of entitlement; What's mine is mine, and I want what I want when I want it. The end result is the neglect of the big picture; in other words, what's best for society as a whole. I always enjoy a moc that makes me think, so thank you for that!
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  December 31, 2009
This is one of the many reasons why you are a big part of the future of MOCpages. Tight, clean build with some interesting and intelligent insight. Agree or disagree, nice work.~H
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  December 31, 2009
Wow- I like the comparison of light and dark colors. If I were to change anything here, it would be to add in at least one part that stepped away from the media, for those that do not sell out. Other than that, Excellent work! -Danny
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  December 31, 2009
Quoting Matty Mason Aww man, I'm embarrassed now...
Don't be! I created this MOC in order that people stop and think. You have done exactly that! Not exactly what I intended you to think about, but congratulations on being one of the few with enough guts to actually give criticism. Thank you for the comment and like Dave said, don't sweat. =)
Quoting Dennis Price 2. Permission to use this as an example of free expression in differing media in my media literacy class?
Wow...what an honor. Please do!
  December 31, 2009
Aww man, I'm embarrassed now...
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  December 31, 2009
Quoting Matty Mason Now, I know that you are sending a message across to us but aren't we supposed to look at the MOC? This is MOCpages after all. Normally, I wouldn't comment on something that doesn't catch my eye but I'm not sure why the creations of the popular folk get looked at and rated well even when the model itself isn't terribly good. It's vice versa for someone like me. I post something that if someone popular posted would get a phenomenal amount of good ratings. I just had to make that point, and I'm sorry to do it on this page, JD. 3/5.
Yes indeed. Please look at the MOC. And while you're doing so, please keep in mind that everything you see (or don't see) was intentional. The minimalistic take may not suit your personal taste; I understand completely. But every part of this MOC is soaked in meaning and is intentionally the way it is. This is called art. Not a live-action diorama.
  December 31, 2009
Now, I know that you are sending a message across to us but aren't we supposed to look at the MOC? This is MOCpages after all. Normally, I wouldn't comment on something that doesn't catch my eye but I'm not sure why the creations of the popular folk get looked at and rated well even when the model itself isn't terribly good. It's vice versa for someone like me. I post something that if someone popular posted would get a phenomenal amount of good ratings. I just had to make that point, and I'm sorry to do it on this page, JD. 3/5.
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  December 31, 2009
1. Nice work. 2. Permission to use this as an example of free expression in differing media in my media literacy class? 3. Yep, the media is everywhere, and I'm ok with that.
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  December 31, 2009
Awesome, I love seeing something like this! The structure is very good and so is your photography. As for the meaning, I admire your usage of LEGO as a means for social commentary, and I enjoy studying the symbols. However, I agree that the relevance of the media is not inherent in the sculpture without a description. It's hard to assign a specific social topic to a MOC unless there are symbols that society recognizes (I'm reminded of a creation by Sean Kenney: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/76881). But since your methods are to create abstract art, there's nothing wrong with not having a recognizable symbol. Great work!
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  December 31, 2009
Nice!
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  December 31, 2009
Good points here, but I'm still trippin' out from looking at it. ',:^I
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  December 31, 2009
Realistic message. Let's hope that one day those archways and stares are blocked by someone else (metaforical sence of course).
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  December 31, 2009
Very provocative, although sad granted it's the truth of the American culture. However, I find it contradictory as to how individuals like to self-centered, and yet it's a popular aspect that substantially leads to conforming. America is the world's revolution and yet we seemingly denounce any revolution of positive influence that is outside self-interests.
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  December 31, 2009
Interesting bit of business. I can't blame the media totally, no matter how henious it is at times, it's a way more complex issue with many factors involved. There was certainly greed in this country, and the rest of the world, way before there was any of the media that you mention. Greed and unenlightened self interest is an age old human trait. And let's face it, hardly everyone looks at media. A popular show in TV in the USA might only have 5-7 million people watching, out of over 300 million. There are probably some books out there on this subject but I haven't read them. I just don't need to be reminded all the time that people aren't living up to their potential. Have a good New Year. see ya in our bleak future. garth
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  December 31, 2009
Simple and cut straight to the point. Intelligent yoc. Thanks for showing.
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  December 31, 2009
WOW! Trippy and really deep! I feel sorry for humans in general and, especially Americans. We're on a "highway to Hell" to quote AC/DC.
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  December 31, 2009
Very thought provoking! Nice build.
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  December 31, 2009
Very impressive, nice story, and the smotheness of the build is great.
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  December 31, 2009
The gates remind me of the one's in Airport metal detectors.
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  December 31, 2009
Wow. I find this so true. Nice build also! :D
 
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