Who Taylor Swift's New Song Is REALLY About

Who Taylor Swift's New Song Is REALLY About

Like her music video teaser warned us: brace for impact.

As a self-proclaimed Taylor Swift fanatic, I was ecstatic to hear her single, "Look What You Made Me Do" from her upcoming album, Reputation.

The music video is set to premiere at the 2017 VMA's on Sunday, August 28th at 8 p.m. - which, by no coincidence, I assure you, is being hosted by Katy Perry. Just a couple months after Taylor re-released her entire music canon on Spotify on the same night Katy dropped her new album, "Witness", Taylor is once again rightfully reclaiming her spotlight.

"I don't like your little games."

Games? Need I even bring up the drama between Taylor, and Kanye and Kim Kardashian? Which, is unconfirmed, was nothing more than just a PR stunt to boost listeners to Kanye's "Famous." Kanye, you did not, in fact, make Taylor famous. She made herself famous by being one of the greatest lyricists and musicians of all time, and her fan base is infinitely larger and more dedicated to her talent than your fans will ever be. But, moving on.

"Don't like your tilted stage."

Reference to Kanye, as shown above, on his recent tour? And need I remind ANYONE about the original Kanye-Taylor beef? Didn't think so.

But the stage reference could also connect to Katy Perry, with whom Taylor has been in a long-time feud? Also possible, because Katy allegedly "stole" Taylor's backup dancers for her tour.

"The role you made me play, of the fool, no, I don't like you."

Almost as legendary as Taylor's world-shattering lyrics, is her, dare I say, famous response to the Kim and Kanye drama: "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one I have never asked to be apart of." The role that Kim and Kanye assigned Taylor, however, was that of a snake, rather than a fool. Hmm.

"I don't like your perfect crime, How you laugh when you lie. You said the gun was mine, isn't cool, no, I don't like you."

I believe it's true that Kim and Kanye framed and lied about Taylor's approval of Kanye's "Famous" lyrics. He only wishes his lyrics could ever be as famous as hers.

"But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time."

Taylor did take the man who sexually assaulted her to court. And won. So there's that.

"Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time."

Haters have tried to "kill" Taylor every time she changed up her music style. But every time, Taylor comes back better than ever and gains even more fans. She has also bounced back after breakups with stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and Calvin Harris. That's impressive.

"I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined."

Throwback to Blank Space:

"I've got a blank space baby, and I'll write your name."

Is this the same list, or two different ones? Perhaps it's a hit list filled with people who have dared to cross her.

"I check it once, then I check it twice."

If by "check" she means checkmark, she's dealt with the devil on two separate occasions, or at least plans to. "Bad Blood" is known for being about Katy Perry, so is she preparing to tear Katy down again in a new song, after Katy released "Swish Swish" about Taylor?

If she means "check" as in go back and review, she is preparing for battle.

"I don't like your kingdom keys. They once belonged to me. You ask me for a place to sleep, locked me out and threw a feast - what!?"

Taylor has been called America's sweetheart. This is Taylor Nation. Both Kanye and Kim, as well as Katy, have tried to usurp her position as queen. Not so fast, hunnies!

"The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama. But not for me... all I think about is karma."

The media is always picking Taylor apart, and including her in narratives such as the Kim and Kanye drama. But there's always a bigger and better gossip and scandal to move onto. Meanwhile, Taylor is in the wings plotting her revenge.

"And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure. Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours."

Taylor has been hit hard. There was a time when #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty was trending on Twitter.

"Look what you made me do, look what you just made me do."

What exactly is Taylor referring to in this repetitive chorus? No one knows for sure.

"I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me. I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams."

And now, the best part of the entire song. When I first heard this, just a few minutes after the midnight release, I actually screamed.

"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!"

BOLD. Whoever this new Taylor is, she is not going to be anything like the Taylor we've known and loved for the past decade.

After the song dropped, Taylor wrote in her Twitter bio, "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now."

Whatever you have coming for us, Taylor, we are not ready. But we have never been more excited.

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The Differences Between 'A Quiet Place' And 'Truth Or Dare'

One is great. One is not.

I don’t usually like to rate movies out of ten. People see movies for different reasons, and personally, I believe that most movies can be enjoyed as long as their viewers go in with the right expectations. But despite this gracious philosophy of film, I also believe that there are some films that do things well and some that do things poorly. Such objective standards can be rated on a scale from one to ten.

Over the last few weeks, film fans have been graced by at least two fans that paved the way for future original creative endeavors, and at least one that has continued to establish my cynical outlook on the Hollywood machine. A Quiet Place, one of the more optimistic offerings, was one of the best-written films to come from the horror-thriller genre in the last few years. This weekend’s Truth or Dare was one of the worst written. And the key areas where they diverge are quite obvious.

1. Basic Premise

A Quiet Place, in addition to elegantly expositing slowly, carefully, and of course, quietly, contains a premise that can be summarized in one word: shhh. There are few, if any, rules except “be quiet.” And there is no grand summary of how the sound-hunting creatures came to plague the planet; we are only told what is relevant to the plight of the Abbott family, our protagonists. Understanding the monster allows us to wrap our brains around it. We fear that which we do not understand.

In comparison, Truth or Dare establishes nonsensical rules that are so far from logical that they cannot possibly be threatening. The context for the events we’re witnessing is so contrived that it is near impossible to feel tension or fright. And there’s no ambiguity, despite your desperate pleas for the cringe to end. They lay out everything you need to understand the “threat” so it’s no longer threatening.

2. Plot Motivators

A Quiet Place’s movie journey genre is known as “monster in the house.” The protagonists are trapped in a confined space with a terrifying brute force that can’t be reasoned with. This is what drives the plot: a compelling antagonist. Creatures with such auditory acuity that they can hear sounds from miles away. Insurmountable obstacles in interesting settings and situations.

Rather, Truth or Dare opted for a character-driven plot, which is a completely legitimate writing decision. Truth or Dare’s problem is that all its characters are idiots. This is a very common horror film trope - overly sexed teens are inebriated, or their brains are underdeveloped, and because of it they fall victim to some horror movie antagonist. The film’s antagonist might be the demon possessing the group’s game of truth or dare, but it seems more that it’s the group themselves and their poor decision-making skills, or their penchant for bringing up intensely personal arguments in the middle of life-or-death situations, or their unrealistically melodramatic responses to trauma.

3. Jump Scares

The idea behind A Quiet Place lends itself to the use of the loud jump scare. Sure, it’s a horror trope, and sure, it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. But the film is more allowed to use loud jump scares than most of its peers because they make sense in the context of the story - most of the film is very quiet (obviously), so any sound is going to seem louder than usual, and the slow-moving landscape has the same effect on the movement.

Truth or Dare, though, would rather use all of its jump scares on fake-outs, which is a well-documented frustration with modern horror films. Jump scares are unrelated to the plot and serve as a very thinly veiled attempt to give the audience a quick jolt of fear. They’re still a cheap method of scaring in A Quiet Place, but at least that film’s context allows the audience to forgive its use. The scares in Truth or Dare are so obvious that, again, they can’t possible come across as threatening.

A Quiet Place was across the board an incredible film. Truth or Dare is not. But like I said, I believe that most movies are good for something. There are objective standards which Truth or Dare fails to measure up to. There are documented writing formulas and genre tropes which the film actively ignores. But if every movie is good for something, what is Truth or Dare good for?

Well, it’s pretty great for noting how not to make a horror movie.

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'Ready Player One' Is Our Modern Day '1984'

The dangers posed by VR and advancing technologies.

In 2011, Ernest Cline Published his best-selling science fiction novel "Ready Player One." Since then it has become a New York Times bestseller, translated into 20 different languages with a motion picture adaption currently in theaters. "1984" was a book written at a time when everyone was paranoid that the government would be watching their every move. Now that this is a reality, authors and film producers are turning their sites on the newest technological threat to society. Virtual reality.

The plot of "Ready Player One" is fairly simplistic. The United States has been ravaged by climate change and widening wage gaps aided by the disappearance of the middle class have turned the United States into a third world country. The protagonist, Wade Wyatts, plays an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) for a good portion of his adolescence. The MMO or "Oasis" as it is so called is the last frontier for mankind. The last place left to be traveled and explored at one's leisure. When the games creator dies, a scavenger hunt begins to find a hidden easter egg in the game that will allow users to take over the company and gain access to the creator's fortune (Think Tron Legacy meets Willy Wonka).

While the film is intended to be a sci-fi-action adventure film, its modern context bares more sinister undertones. Today, virtual reality is being utilized on a more massive scale than ever before. Videos of VR chat streams with Ugandan knuckles are all over Youtube. Horror Games utilizing the Occulus Rift are all the rage. We even have VR pornography now. While VR might sound exciting as technology advances, consider this. VR technology is based primarily on the idea of immersion. Most VR games are simulations and in VR chat you can choose an avatar and become whoever or you want to be. But what if technology advanced to the point where your simulated reality was created by your thoughts? Furthermore, what if the technology became so advanced that it could bridge the gap between reality and simulation? This is important because as technology advances, we become less involved with one another. IMVU, Pokemon Go, Second life, VR Chat, all of them prompt us to embrace technology rather than physical interactions. If there is one thing this film can teach us, it's that talking to people and being genuine shouldn't be taken for granted as technological advancements make physical interactions more and more of a rarity.

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