Creative Destruction

August 22, 2006

The Legacy Of Happy Harry Hard-On

Filed under: Blogosphere,Navel Gazing — Off Colfax @ 4:57 am

Sixteen years ago today, a movie hit the theater screens. At the time, it was not well noticed, just another movie to be reviewed through Hughes-colored glasses, to use the words of one writer. Yet today, Pump Up The Volume has a meaning, and message, much more appropriate than those innocent summer days of 1990.

For those of you who have never seen the movie, first let me say this. What are you, crazy? Go now. Rent it. Buy it. Amazon it with next-day air. Because for us here in Blogville, it personifies our raison d’être in a way that nothing else out there can.

Right now, there are 51.8 million blogs being tracked by Technorati. Each and every single one of us started off as a lone voice crying into the wilderness. We had no audience. We had no feedback. We had no clue that anyone even knew we existed. Yet still we sat, sending our missives into the vast emptyness of inner space, not caring that there was no ears to hear our cries.

Certainly we all have our own vast and varied reasons for starting in this enterprise. Yet, when it’s all said and done, our reasons are eventually reduced to one: getting things out of one’s own head. Regardless of how we do so. (Or how often.) Regardless of the programs we use. (Even Myspace. Ugh.) Regardless of the time we do it. (No fair glaring at the timestamp, people.)

For the average blogger, we will eventually find that we have an audience, however small or large it may be. Like-minded souls (or sometimes opposite-minded ones) who found our words to hold a certain something: a deeper meaning, an excellent analysis, an interesting turn of thought, or whatever comes to mind. And soon, where there was once wilderness, tiny villages of interaction are formed.

Some remain static and remain as they are, small outposts still able to contribute to the whole like my own little island of inane rambling. Some become shining beacons, providing direction and certitude to a vast multitude, like Glenn Reynolds and Duncan Black. Some, like ourselves here at Creative Destruction, become crossroads, bringing together those of us who, by ourselves, would never have thought to cross paths. Some grow beyond all imagination, creating entire civilizations of thought and discussion, such as DailyKos and Little Green Footballs.

Yet still, the basic concept remains the same regardless of how big or small our traffic counters become. These are our thoughts, our emotions, our ideals, our philosophies, our selves we set into these pages. By doing so, we have taken control of an entire medium of our own creations. (Although who was first on the scene seems to be up for debate.)

And as such, we have fulfilled the battle-cry of Harry.

Sieze the airwaves. They are ours. Pick a program. Choose a name. Find your voice. There is nothing that they can do to stop us. They can try. And they may stop some of us. But they will never stop us all.

And the day will come when they will look inside themselves and see us waving up at them.


Type hard.


  1. I must say I have never seen that flick. Probably too busy doing the things that would one day make a real impact on the world, ya know, beer bongs and such.

    Comment by ebbtide — December 13, 2006 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  2. BTW, nice post. I wish I had the time to blog. I guess commenting’s almost as fulfilling, but half the work!!

    Oh, and who’s Harry? It almost sounds like a reference to Dexter, but no one watches that but me, so it can’t be. I mean, could it?

    Comment by ebbtide — December 13, 2006 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  3. Actually blogging need not be much more work than commenting. All you need do is take your best comments, maybe tart them up a bit, and viola, there’s your next post.

    Comment by Daran — December 13, 2006 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  4. You people need some help – this movie is terrible. Try “Better Off Dead” or “Breakfast Club”. This movie says nothing new, the characters are weak and the subject has been done and re-done…
    Move On!

    Comment by Alex — May 4, 2007 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  5. […] closing, I fear that I must fall back on a previously published work of mine and quote Christian […]

    Pingback by The Day The Music Died « Creative Destruction — May 11, 2007 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  6. Hi, I fucking love that movie – bought it off ebay. Paid more than I should’ve. But it’s brilliant – I am currently writing my speech for english class on ‘Speaking Frankly’ and I have credited hard harry as the very definition of the term. He is what every teenager should strive to be. I also want to be a movie reviewer and this was a good piece of work that you have written.

    Glad to see I’m not the only one with a craving for people listening ears. Although half the time I swear they are painted on.

    Comment by Zoe — August 28, 2007 @ 5:25 am | Reply

  7. Just got done watching it on Showtime tonight. I forgot how great that movie was. It put me back in time when I was a freshman in College. It was surreal to thing that something like that was a precursor to blogging.

    Comment by cgallent — November 5, 2007 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  8. “Stay Hard”!

    Comment by Harry Jr. — December 13, 2007 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  9. you forget “…wearing only a cock ring.”

    Comment by Lex — April 3, 2008 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  10. nice post, im watching the movie right now and it always inspires me to write. like you im older and a bit more bitter. just thought id say hello and think on and keep on with the words that affect the soul.

    Comment by miles09 — April 15, 2009 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  11. and by the way its 5:52 am here

    Comment by miles09 — April 15, 2009 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  12. Watching the movie now as well. It’s as relevant today as it was when we where teens in the 90s. Nice post.

    Comment by Lantrix — August 21, 2009 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  13. Just watched the movie for the first time, after catching wind of it on ArsTechnica. It’s an excellent film, and you’re right – this is the spirit of blogging.

    It’s starting to get a bit terrifying now that ACTA is being discussed, three strikes policies enacted in multiple countries (though, some are being delayed, a’la France). ‘Censorship’ seems to be one of the tags for the upcoming decade, if you catch my drift. But like Harry, it’s our duty to ride it out to the end.

    Cheers, man – going to check out Creative Destruction’s main page now.

    Comment by InTheQuiet — January 5, 2010 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

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