80 posts tagged internet
This is Letterboxd’s top review of Jiro Dreams of Sushi:
“As a culture, we don’t put a lot of stock in the pursuit of mastery. Sure, we’ll cheer for Michael Jordan and clap for Yo Yo Ma, but if we can find some way to destroy you (Tiger Woods, anyone?) we will. It seems, eventually, that the pursuit of mastery is some sort of threat on our tendencies toward the mediocre. This is where we find ourselves.
Enter Jiro. Jiro is the best sushi maker in the world. Really. He has no other passions, no other drives. He is 100% devoted to the pursuit of mastery in his field. It’s something you don’t see every day and, more importantly, something to aspire to.
This movie isn’t about how the world should be. Jiro isn’t pursuing a perfect world. He is only after mastery of his craft. And by being that, and only that, he makes the world better. It’s this level of devotion that put a man on the moon, invented airplanes and cured polio. In fact, Jiro is what stands between us and plain primate experiences of the world. Not Jiro personally, but what he represents.
We should, as a people, care about mastery. We should care about being good at the things we do. We need more Jiro and less Snookie.”
Spot. Fucking. On.
I love Letterboxd because, unlike most social networks, it encourages dedication from its users and rewards it.
It’s great when things on the Internet are NOT about immediacy.