I don’t think all media should be “heavy,” nor do I think all heavy media should be heavy throughout its entirety. The Midnight Gospel might be considered a comedy if only because through its meandries through topics of philosophy and spirituality, there are occasional jokes, and I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, like calling EarthBound a comedy videogame just because it has some light-hearted elements. To me, “heaviness” is what’s valuable about media.
When I was in the worst pain of my life, my mind began meandering through media landscapes to try to comfort me through those difficult moments. My mind first went through towns in EarthBound then to bits of ENDLESS WAR. I didn’t go to other games, but when I returned from that reality, when I recovered, and when I got back my better health, I realized all these meandries serve multitudinous purposes including reducing misery.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while reading Picture Of Dorian Gray, it’s overcoming the romantic notion that books are sacred, and should be read within some sacredly focused mindset. If the book resonates well, then sure, read like that. If the book or any media doesn’t, then it’s alright to keep the book open in a tab and read a paragraph while something loads, like we would spend that time reading a text message.
In my earliest memory, I’m sitting in my childhood backyard pondering, perhaps, Indra’s net? The sorts of interconnectednesses we have within all of humanity, where you and I are the same consciousness experiencing reality through simultaneous simulations, coalescing in an immediacy where you react to me based on the you-experience bias of the me-experience bias. The Midnight Gospel doesn’t shed significant light on my journey, however, once I find the destination, what would I do?
If I close my eyes, even if I focus on the music I’m listening to, I will fall asleep. I feel nauseous. I’ve felt this sort of insobriety many times before, but I never thought I’d be here again. It’s a medical necessity, I would say. My lower back has hurt for so long that whenever I walk around or do anything, I’m either in pain or focused on the pain, so hey, trip report.
Whether for analysis or self-reflection, whenever I interact with media or life, I want to know why I like or dislike what I’m doing. It’s good enough to say something is pleasurable or displeasurable, but if I can add some reasoning, then that reasoning can help me find more similar or dissimilar content. From the first two episodes, I’ve liked the narrative consistency and how, through surrealism, The Midnight Gospel replicates elements of real life.
Bookmarks work well to track where you left off reading. Videogames have save files. It’s easy skipping between tracks of an album if your sequential listening was interrupted. What about shows? I had enough trouble remembering what anime episode I was on if I didn’t watch it all, let alone non-anime, but now Star Trek: Deep Space Nine piqued my interest. I needed a system where everything’s on one page to keep it all organized.
The feeling of excitement over conversing happens quicker to Trishna than John in “The Story.” It’s not that John is callous or skeptical. Maybe somewhat. It just happens differently for both of the central characters when they begin talking on an anachronistic past-present-future mix of instant messaging technologies called Messe. Trishna reads his opinions, posted from a distance, likes them, and is the first to initiate conversation from a fan’s perspective, but John soon reciprocates.