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Avatar Gives Film Fans the Blues (Moviegoers Depressed, Suicidal)
The Epoch Times ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | Stephen Jones

Posted on 01/31/2010 3:44:36 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Avatar Gives Film Fans the Blues

By Stephen Jones

Epoch Times Staff

A luminescent, idyllic world populated by peace-loving aliens may have captivated cinema audiences across the world, but for some the 'immersive' experience of watching the film Avatar has threatened to overshadow their own lives.

Hundreds of fans of James Cameron's blockbuster 3-D epic have complained that they feel despair after leaving the cinema that they can never live in a world like the mythical Pandora, in the film.

An online discussion board, titled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 2,000 posts from fans beating their breasts over their relatively more pallid life on Earth.

“After I watched Avatar for the first time, I truly felt depressed that I was awake in this world again,” one post reads.

Another says, “It’s so hard, I can’t force myself to think that it’s just a movie, and to get over it, and that living like the Na’vi will never happen.”

On a separate forum, on the Web site Naviblue.com, fans have even considered more extreme action.

“I even contemplated suicide, thinking that if I do it I will be reborn in a world similar to Pandora, and that everything will be the same as in Avatar," one post read.

In the James Cameron film Avatar, Jake (Sam Worthington) meets his avatar, a genetically engineered hybrid of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora. (Mark Fellman / WETA) It has been speculated that the reason behind the widespread depression may have been due to the release of the bright and visually stunning film during the middle of one of Europe's bleakest winters on record.

But U.K. psychiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Scott, said that it was unlikely that a film could trigger seasonal affective disorder.

"I think that the people who are feeling depressed may have already had a predisposition toward this," says Dr. Scott.

The film is based around the story of how humans wage war on eco-friendly aliens of an idyllic planet called Pandora, for a rare mineral substance called “unobtainium.”

Avatar, which took 14 years to make, has been lauded as a revolution in filmmaking—not least because of its presentation in 3-D.

However, some say that the effect of 3-D cinema on audiences has not been fully accounted for.

In his latest book, “The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy,” Michael Foley argues for a reappraisal of the effect of film on our emotional state.

Director James Cameron at the premiere of 'Avatar,' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in the Hollywood. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) “With Avatar, the technology has become so highly sophisticated that it makes the screen world seem more vivid than reality can ever be,” he told the Times Online.

"What you’re absorbing is so stimulating, and what it offers is so frenetic, giving you a new stimulus every second, that it makes real life feel sluggish, slow, and impossibly dead in comparison.”

In a bid to recapture the same emotions of the film, a group of fans in Florida have announced that they will create a commune inspired by the ecological principles of the Na'vi.

The bizarre fall out from the film has even prompted the eccentric London Mayor Boris Johnson to pen an opinion column in a U.K. newspaper titled 'Stop pining for life on Pandora and come back to planet Earth.'

He predicts that in 10 years’ time the U.K. census will show more adherents of Eywa, the earth goddess of the Na'vi, than there are of Jedi.

"I can't believe that many of these gloomy post-Avatar Westerners, when they really think about it, would want to up sticks to Pandora and take part in Na'vi society, with its obstinate illiteracy, undemocratic adherence to a monarchy based on male primogeniture, and complete absence of restaurants," he said.

"The final irony, of course, is that this entrancing vision of prelapsarian innocence is the product of the most ruthless and sophisticated money-machine the world has ever seen. With a budget of $237 million and with takings already at £1 billion [$1.6 billion], this exquisite capitalist guilt trip represents one of the great triumphs of capitalism."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Society; TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: avatar; cameron; depression; disorders; getalife; jamescameron; liberalguilt; moviereview; pandora; psychobabble; psychology; suicide
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“Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 2,000 posts from fans beating their breasts over their relatively more pallid life on Earth.

What a bunch of dipsticks.

1 posted on 01/31/2010 3:44:37 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

They must have surveyed Democratic Underground.


2 posted on 01/31/2010 3:46:20 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Socialism is the plundering of the productive by the unaccountable)
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To: DogByte6RER

LOL, they must be Emo.


3 posted on 01/31/2010 3:46:37 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Dear losers: Take a walk with a child outside the city limits sometime. Their simple wonder at the wonderful wild world around them should renew even the most jaded of souls. If not, please stop sucking my oxygen.


4 posted on 01/31/2010 3:46:42 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: DogByte6RER

... there was a story about a guy who lit himself on fire [because he was depressed] and a policeman maced him because they mistook the [bright red] mace canister as their fire-extinguisher.


5 posted on 01/31/2010 3:48:46 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I used to think that too many people were medicated in this country.Looks like 2000 more need something....


6 posted on 01/31/2010 3:50:22 PM PST by Farmer Dean (every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains)
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To: DogByte6RER

What a bunch of dips***s, I saw the film, and Pandora was actually pretty DEADLY!!! Why the hell would they fantasize about being there?


7 posted on 01/31/2010 3:50:23 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: DogByte6RER

I understand their depression.

I was very depressed that I actually paid money to see this piece of tripe


8 posted on 01/31/2010 3:50:57 PM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: DogByte6RER
In a bid to recapture the same emotions of the film, a group of fans in Florida have announced that they will create a commune inspired by the ecological principles of the Na'vi.

This is not going to end well.

9 posted on 01/31/2010 3:51:39 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: DogByte6RER

MUST be liberals as no RIGHT thinking person would be THAT stupid.


10 posted on 01/31/2010 3:52:14 PM PST by nomad
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To: DogByte6RER
An online discussion board, titled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,”

I bet that's a fun board to troll.

11 posted on 01/31/2010 3:52:41 PM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: DogByte6RER

First Obama and now Avatar.

Mistaking your delusions for reality never ends well.


12 posted on 01/31/2010 3:53:14 PM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: 5Madman2

Hey,don`t insult tripe.It makes a pretty good soup.


13 posted on 01/31/2010 3:54:14 PM PST by nomad
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To: All

I read a Book one time about a place where there was no crime - no wars - no pain and that people worshiped their God in a place called heaven. It didn’t make me suicidal though but instead gave me hope after this life there was something better.


14 posted on 01/31/2010 3:54:18 PM PST by BipolarBob (My bodyguard is a 6'3" pooka named Harvey.)
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To: DogByte6RER

An online discussion board, titled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,”

Let me guess...DU???????


15 posted on 01/31/2010 3:55:07 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A moderate muslim is one who is simply buying time to reload..)
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To: Farmer Dean

I always find a few shots of good bourbon and a couple of good cigars can take me from sad to happy. All kidding aside, these people so influenced by a movie have no solid foundation to build their spiritual life on, they are just, as the song goes, dust in the wind.


16 posted on 01/31/2010 3:55:16 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: HerrBlucher

Reminds me of all the DU losers who talked about moving to New Zealand after the first Lord of the Rings movie came out.


17 posted on 01/31/2010 3:55:23 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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To: GOP_Raider

Yeah,give out hints and suggestions on how these morons can off themselves.


18 posted on 01/31/2010 3:56:21 PM PST by nomad
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, at least we will hear less of “Use the force, Luke”


19 posted on 01/31/2010 3:56:56 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: DogByte6RER
"What a bunch of dipsticks."

LOL! Reminds me of the nuts rushing to psychiatrists when someone on Facebook doesn't want to be their friend, or says something mean about them. *Rolleyes*

(Serious stalking cases don't count! I'm not making fun of that, so don't be mean to me, LOL!)

20 posted on 01/31/2010 3:57:00 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, on the upside, if they all did commit suicide it would mean they’d no longer be using up oxygen that the sane people of this world need.


21 posted on 01/31/2010 3:57:15 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats!! Congrats to my Army son and his wife.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

Idyllic??


22 posted on 01/31/2010 3:58:37 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

What bugged me about Avatar was that the so-called US Military in the film was portrayed as evil, cold killers for corporate greed. Reality is no other military in the world actually helps free people from evil, tyrannical forces instead. It’s all just fantasy BS anyway with great visual effects.


23 posted on 01/31/2010 3:58:47 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: HerrBlucher
influenced by a movie have no solid foundation to build their spiritual life on,

Sounds to me like they are trying to build their spiritual life on a movie.

24 posted on 01/31/2010 3:58:53 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: swatbuznik

They fantasize about communal living in teepees and being in harmony with nature.

As for me, I like living my life guilt free. I’ll stick with my comfortable home with central heating and A/C, running hot and cold water, flush toilets, Fios/wifi, refrigeration, etc...


25 posted on 01/31/2010 3:58:54 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
This is what happens when we have a leader who substitutes fiction for reality.

It has a trickle down effect

26 posted on 01/31/2010 4:00:41 PM PST by BornToBeAmerican
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To: BipolarBob

re: place called heaven

Amen! And the best thing about it is that you’ll be going there!


27 posted on 01/31/2010 4:01:58 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: DogByte6RER

DEADBEATS - one word to describe these narcissistic numskulls


28 posted on 01/31/2010 4:04:19 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: tflabo

It was made clear in the movie that they were paramilitary (hired protection), and not an arm of the US.

They were there because the animals were very dangerous.
The Na’avi were also defending their homeland, but trying to cooperate with the representatives of the corporation. The confrontation was when the corporation decided to blow up the Na’avi’s only home.

As you say, it’s just a story. There are many, just like it. The big attraction was the visuals.


29 posted on 01/31/2010 4:05:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: VRWC For Truth

There is nothing new under the sun.

Remember the Beatniks?


30 posted on 01/31/2010 4:08:21 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: DogByte6RER
Ahh.. Avatards.
Confirmed, they're all emo.
31 posted on 01/31/2010 4:08:30 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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32 posted on 01/31/2010 4:08:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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LOL!

Why yes, I am the guy who gave the utility knife to the emo kids.


33 posted on 01/31/2010 4:10:11 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: DogByte6RER
They fantasize about communal living in teepees and being in harmony with nature.

Somewhere that the weather permits. And only for appearance sake.

34 posted on 01/31/2010 4:10:13 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: DogByte6RER

P.S. The main reason for the communal living thing is the same old reason they always have communal living. Trying to get chicks without any real responsibility.


35 posted on 01/31/2010 4:12:21 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

Might I suggest to them then, the Passion of Christ instead of Avatar.


36 posted on 01/31/2010 4:13:12 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: Darksheare

I vote we get these folks to a double feature of Avatar and Grave of the FIreflies.

You could hand out cyanide capsules as they left.


37 posted on 01/31/2010 4:13:48 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL, sounds like a plan.
(I am a fountain of bad ideas. And I inspire worse ideas.)


38 posted on 01/31/2010 4:15:13 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Did someone just say the liberal respected “religion” festivus?


39 posted on 01/31/2010 4:15:45 PM PST by italianquaker (My bartender knew about the attempted Christmas attack before odumbo)
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To: Darksheare
(I am a fountain of bad ideas. And I inspire worse ideas.)

It's a gift.

40 posted on 01/31/2010 4:17:42 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: DogByte6RER

The pathetic state of these people is absolutely breathtaking.
If someone came to me and told me they were considering suicide over a fantasy film,i’d have to slap the crap outta them & tell them to snap out of it.


41 posted on 01/31/2010 4:24:15 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Ah... but to be able to convert it into tangible assets, that would make it a true gift!


42 posted on 01/31/2010 4:26:53 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: DogByte6RER
dipsticks is right.

Geeeeeeeeeeez....they must have forgotten about the continuous hunt that went on....the wild animals in the kill or be killed world of Pandora. Geeeeeez.

Losers.

43 posted on 01/31/2010 4:29:00 PM PST by Republic (I love really LOVE Rush!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Darksheare

You guys are hysterical.


44 posted on 01/31/2010 4:30:22 PM PST by Tax-chick (Thou hast well drunken, man - who's the fool now?)
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To: Tax-chick; Tijeras_Slim

Uh oh.
What piece of computer equipment are we directly responsible for destroying via liquid intrusion this time?
;-)


45 posted on 01/31/2010 4:35:28 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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In a bid to recapture the same emotions of the film, a group of fans in Florida have announced that they will create a commune inspired by the ecological principles of the Na'vi.

This is not going to end well.

At one time in my life, I seriously considered joining a commune with my wife. (Yeah, I'm dating myself)

This commune we almost joined was based on reality and real spiritual concerns not a fantasy dreamed up by some Hollywood radical

The main reason we didn't join was the simple realization we could not run away from what real or perceived issues we needed to address within our world.

You are 100 % correct this will not end well at all

46 posted on 01/31/2010 4:36:11 PM PST by Popman
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To: nomad

Very true

My deespest apologies to tripe

I guess I shoulda said sewage :)


47 posted on 01/31/2010 4:36:41 PM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Darksheare

Don’t worry, diet soda doesn’t gum up the keyboard like stuff with sugar. And it’s too cold for ants.


48 posted on 01/31/2010 4:40:33 PM PST by Tax-chick (Thou hast well drunken, man - who's the fool now?)
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To: Tax-chick

Had me worried there.


49 posted on 01/31/2010 4:48:03 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: DogByte6RER
In a bid to recapture the same emotions of the film, a group of fans in Florida have announced that they will create a commune inspired by the ecological principles of the Na'vi.

Lotta luck with that.

"The final irony, of course, is that this entrancing vision of prelapsarian innocence is the product of the most ruthless and sophisticated money-machine the world has ever seen. With a budget of $237 million and with takings already at £1 billion [$1.6 billion], this exquisite capitalist guilt trip represents one of the great triumphs of capitalism."

Even without being so dramatic in the statement of it, the irony is that the fantasy of a beautiful all-natural world of beauty and harmony has only been made possible by the development of highly advanced, capitalism-enabled, post-industrial-era computer and imaging technology.

50 posted on 01/31/2010 4:50:34 PM PST by john in springfield
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