CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTER: The Fallacy of Personality

It’s somewhat of a truism that we all put on masks for public consumption. The only question is, to what extent? While some people hide behind a thick barrier of curated character, others are closer to the knuckle in their personal portrayals. I believe, however, that everyone is guilty, by and large, of relying on fictionalised exaggerations. With the advent of social media, this loss of individualism is only encouraged. There’s a truth behind us all, of course, but to whom is it ever truly visible?

It often works in gradients. For example, your workplace small-talk colleague will probably meet a grander illusion than, say, your parent.…   [continue reading]

Hatewatching: The Silent Taste-Maker

Hear the writers discuss this subject on the Secret Cave Podcast!

Some of us may not discuss it, but we all do it; to some extent.  Hatewatching is an odd phenomena that seems to be an offshoot of general rubbernecking.  More than the human thrill of seeing a metaphorical train-wreck, a good hatewatch can be delicious in its provocation.  After all, anger and hatred are powerful emotions.  If you consider emotions of similar strength to be one of the main thrusts of art, as I do, then it’s certainly a viable avenue to explore.  As sentient beings, it’s natural for us to want to discover our feelings.  …   [continue reading]

The Ricky Gervais Show (XFM)

Hear the writers discuss Karl Pilkington on the Secret Cave Podcast!

I know there’s a steadfast handful who will agree with me when I say that the XFM radio shows, hosted by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, are the finest work any of them has produced.  Predating their far more well known podcasts, and any of Pilkington’s now ubiquitous solo outings, these bootlegged series have such intensity that it would be impossible to replicate.  Considering the more cleanly produced approach of their spiritual sequels, it’s clear that they really did think barely anyone was listening.  The freedom this allowed them and the controversy it would occasionally cause would both become key aspects; anarchic madness punctuating the show at every turn.…   [continue reading]