Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Sympathy for the Devil
The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
A Copy of a Copy of a Copy
The Dreamers
The Dreamers

Books to Phlog

Understanding Jaques EllulUnderstanding Jacques Ellul, by Greenman, Schuchardt, and Toly, will be of special interest to Metaphilm readers as Jacques Ellul understood cinema as one of the chief tools of propaganda used by the state to distract the masses from that which matters.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

When Search Engine Metrics Get… Awkward

Surely this is not the best keyword search for the Googlebots to be associating with this.  But the ad for the movie Ted shows up on the right side of the page pretty much 1 out of 6 times when you go to the first story.  This is an ongoing problem in online advertising: the bots can get the demographics right, but the psychographics call for human judgment. 

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

The Cinema IS the New Cathedral

We’ve said this before, but here’s another piece of compelling piece of evidence in the long list of associations between cinema and cathedral, or in this case, drive-in movie theater and megachurch

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Truman Show as DSM V Category

1998:  The Truman Show.
2000:  Life, The Movie.
2012:  The Truman Show Delusion:  Psychosis in the Global Village
Conclusions:  “Cultural studies of delusion have important contributions to make to the cognitive theory of delusion.”
Rewind to March, 1969:  “If we understand the revolutionary transformations caused by new media, we can anticipate and control them.  But if we continue in our self-induced subliminal trance, we will be their slaves.”

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