The Post-9/11 American Mind
This B-movie helps us address our existential fear and phantasmic preoccupations.
What a fantastic explanation! Makes me want to pursue studies in rhetoric, critical studies, and philosophy of communication, too.
Excellent article, JDG. Can I use this article in my cinema class? Most often I’m met with resistance when I try to elaborate any sort of cultural critique going on within a film—particularly pop cinema like SOAP. It’s interesting that with the canonized works, my students have no problem going along with these ideas—of course “The Rules of the Game” is dealing with class divisions, etc. Serious movies deal with serious issues, period. Or, some movies are just GREAT, like “Citizen Kane.” Why? Because they just ARE.
But I always have this nagging feeling that these canonized films, although masterful, are not really addressing what is important about what is happening in film today. And, what IS happening in film today may not have anything to do with “serious movies,” but rather, the trash. Would my class be a more enlightening one if instead of Griffith, Lang, Renoir, De Sica, Welles, and Godard I taught “Freddy Got Fingered,” “XXX,” “300,” and “SOAP”?
Why can’t we worry about asbestos AND our failing school systems at the same time? Why is asbestos poisoning somehow not as bad as failing schools? Would we be that much better if we had a great education but died of asbestos poisoning before the age of 40? Are all schools with asbestos problems failing?
Am I focusing on a dumb example or am I asking questions that can be extended to all the examples provided?
I like the list of illusions we hold dear, though…we do indeed need to expose ourselves to the real a little bit more here.
But who defines the real and why?
Good analysis (despite the pathetic political bias). Anyway, I also agree with previous commenter regarding the mutual exclusiveness of the problems being worried over. Those generalizations are completey unfounded.
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