Friday, November 05, 2010

Something that Must be Shared

Because pinball was illegal for so long, it became a symbol of youth
and rebellion. If you watch a movie or TV show that was either
produced or takes place during this period, virtually any time pinball
makes an appearance, it is for the purpose of portraying to the
audience that a particular character is a rebel. For example, the Fonz
is regularly seen playing pinball in "Happy Days" episodes. And when
"Tommy," The Who's pinball-wizard-themed rock opera album came out in
1972, pinball was still banned in much of the country. The album's use
of pinball is largely misunderstood by today's audiences, who may view
the deaf, dumb and blind pinball wizard as quirky. In all likelihood,
The Who was using the game to portray the titular character as
anti-authoritarian. Filmmaker Richard Linklater makes use of this
symbol in a significant number of his movies, with rebellious or
outcast characters seen playing or talking about pinball in virtually
every one. And in "The Simpsons," Sideshow Bob once proclaimed,
"Television has ruined more young minds than pinball and syphilis

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