What Time is the Right Time to Ask for Anal?

By Sam Flynn on January 31, 2013

It has been a long time since my last column and it naturally got me thinking not only about what I wanted to write about but more specifically what the you (the audience) actually wants to read. As you can see from the title, I came to an obvious conclusion. It actually has little or nothing to do with the actual story (that said, this author will entertain Tweets @samflynn1992 with potential answers). I will however shock you and say it does represent the question that I wish to pose to you my audience: what is the correct moment to request for all your hopes and desires to be fulfilled?

I digress.

Actually, wait hold that thought, I finally remembered what I wanted to write about: shock. Like many of readers, I’m currently enrolled in my classes for my semester, one of which is Modern Rebels in America, taught by Professor Kevin Mattson (watch his YouTube interview with Stephen Colbert for a second look at the presidency of Jimmy Carter). We as Americans are fascinated by the underdog and the rebel. They are our legends. It’s as if the American Revolution imprinted a massive tattoo on the American cultural psyche: actors James Dean, Marlon Brando, writers Jack Kerouac or Jack London, musicians Jim Morrison and 2Pac, comedians George Carlin and Bill Hicks, journalist Hunter S. Thompson, poet Allen Ginsberg. Even in our fictional characters, it extends to vigilantes and outcasts such as Batman and Harry Potter.

Think about the symbols of change and controversy on all fronts of life: Jesus Christ, Eugene Debs, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Carlin, Eminem (I cherish the fact that I can reference Gandhi and Eminem in the same sentence in the same regard) they all used shock to revive public consciousness out of blindness. For the most part it is the rebels who expressed truths about themselves that were endemic of sometimes entire societal failures. These rebels most often express their psychological unbalance through arts which became symbols of the culture. Hip hop for example to this day is seen as black-orientated area of music, despite its cultural appropriation over the last decades. Hip hop and rap were an attempt to create a culture of its own, separate from the one that alienated them. In essence, culture IS rebellion.

Eminem rapped about horrible things to get attention. Gandhi used peaceful protest to get attention. George Carlin crossed lines to challenge ideas that got no attention. There is never equilibrium. It is also a constant push-and-pull of cultures. It is the price of our individuality. And inevitably, every rebel is absorbed into the culture. Their images become coopted and the cycle starts again. Rebels are not only an inextricable part of culture; they are necessary.

Which brings me to why I am writing all this about rebels? Because the more and more I learn about them, the more and more I have found the kind of people I have ultimate kinship with.

My personal hero, George Carlin, sums it up in the July 2001 issue of Progressive Magazine:

“Now I was out of step with authority all my life—never really sat well with me, being told what to do. Quit my religion in grade school, got kicked out of four different schools, got kicked out of the Air Force, the choir, the Boy Scouts, summer camp, and the altar boys.”

Describing his evolution to be considered one of the greatest comedians, he said “There was now a built-in audience for the rebel in me that had been all along not expressing himself.”

I think that is the central struggle of a college identity. By definition we are training for placement in the system, because that is the way of things and the path of perceived least resistance. After all, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. However, I disagree. There is a need for rebels and rebellion. There is a need to bring up the uncomfortable, to shock and to grab attention from. Those are the issues that are really torturing us. And the people who do it are condemned and idealized, shunned and worshiped. Rebellion is a part of human nature and I embrace it fully.

By Sam Flynn

Uloop Writer
It takes a real asshole to sum themselves up in a few words. So I will. I am a sophomore journalism student at Ohio University with a minor in creative writing. I am copy editor at the InterActivist magazine, secretary for Theta Chi fraternity, and columnist for Rascal magazine. I love books, film, tattoos, MMA, motorcycles, rapping, and blazers. My idols are George Carlin, Kevin Smith, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and Hunter S. Thompson. I am also now officially an asshole. Cheers!

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