TW: Mental Health, Suicide
Melvin and Daniel discuss deteriorating mental health, content creation, the internet, and comedy. They also discuss being honest with one another, and the difficult necessity of vulnerability.
- Daniel gets stuck in a church bathroom, enjoys his wedding anniversary, and talks about his Bo Burnham Bacon-number.
- Introducing Bo Burnham: Inside [7:12]
- Inside is a snapshot of what it’s like to exist online during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, which means it may alienate viewers outside of that demographic
- Additionally, the special begins broadly accessible with tracks like ‘Content’ and ‘Comedy’, yet soon becomes musically debilitating due to the onslaught of social awareness and existential anxiety
- Inside’s lyrics are loaded with a multitude of anxieties, including anxiety about capitalism as an ideological moral compass
- Companies chasing morality for profit is a perfect example of “Christ-less morality”
- A brief tangent about clearing out books by disgraced authors (which segways into a discussion about the song “Problematic”)
- “Look Who’s Inside Again” is the turning from general topics to personal, yet still relatable, mental health issues
- Melvin shares his interpretation of several songs and compares specific metatextual concepts to real life situations, both in his own life and in church life
- Inside is too plausible to be disingenuous, as everyone in some capacity relates to Bo Burnham’s breakdown and introversion.
- Melvin continues his observation of various songs, specifically “That Funny Feeling”.
- Daniel, “We were not made for this hyper awareness of everything that’s going on.”
- A discussion on the loss of relationship amidst 2020, and how often what was left was merely difficult conversations online without the security of companionship.
- Contemplating overcoming anxiety, depression, past sin, guilt, and shame, and the isolation produced from staying “inside” with these experiences and feelings.
- D.A. Carson’s The Gospel According to John: Pillar New Testament Commentary
- Blake J. Harris’ “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation”
- Jeff Vandermeer’s “Annihilation”
Bo Burnham: Inside is Rated TV-MA. It features Bo Burnham. Directed by Bo Burnham. Bo Burnham: Inside is available on Netflix.
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Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!