Sunday, March 9, 2008

This is Not a Movie


4 comments:

David in N Bby said...

Here's an interesting exercise imho: compare and contrast FDR's "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" with today's "color coded terror levels" and politicians and their pet pundits whipping up fear.
And what the hell is a "war on terror"? We're being attacked by an emotion?
This is not how free people (sic) defend themselves. This is how Liberty (a dirty, un-pc word nowadays, I know but I persist in using it, so there it is) gets eaten away.
Orwell is saying "I told you so". For "Osama bin Laden" sub "Emmanuel Goldstein".

Anonymous said...

One movie, made 30 years ago, that deals with this very topic in a brilliantly-subversive way is Terry Gilliam's "Jabberwocky". At first glance it is just another silly Monty Python film from the 1970s. But it seems to be amazingly prophetic today. It is essentially a story about how powerful interests, for their own personal benefit, keep a monster alive while pretending to do something to eliminate it. This forces terrified peasants to stay indefinitely within the walls of a fortified town, and pay outrageous amounts of money to those powerful interests for "protection". Every time I hear one of the American politicians or pundits going on about "The War on Terror" I can't help but think "Jabberwocky".

Craig Y.

David Berner said...

Thanks, I'd forgotten about "Jabberwocky."

David Berner said...

Thanks, I'd forgotten about "Jabberwocky."