Friday, April 14, 2006

Plug Me In to the Network

I recently picked up a copy of the movie Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by the late, and obviously brilliant Paddy Chayefsky.

I had completely forgotten what a total gem this movie is. The fact that it was intended as satire, speaks volumes to the reality of today's modern, perverse MSM.
There are so many wonderful examples of the satire art, which you will see imitated by real life today. The only difference, of course, is that the movie is funny.
A reality show driving, airwave prophet Howard Beale (Peter Finch) exposes his mental film by opening his personal darkroom door on national TV. His longtime friend and seat warmer Executive chum Max Schumacher (William Holden) end their long careers through a fast paced real life script, penned by sensational ratings spinster Diane Christensen (Faye Dunaway). The whole ratings party include the features of terrorist propagandist Great Ahmed Kahn (Arthur Burghart) and corporate knee climber Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall). Near the end, dark Rovian stereotype Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty) delivers a brief, but brilliant, speech about the new world order.
It is all there.
Just look at today's pathetic MSM:
  • Countless attempts to defame our military, by the press.
  • Fake documents pushed by CBS over President Bush's Guard service.
  • Reporters trying to push a fictitious death toll of Hurricane Katrina, and paddling canoes through 12 inches of water, across the camera lens.
  • Frequent photo and image doctoring by Reuters and AP trolls.
  • The recent NBC attempt to solicit fabricated racism at NASCAR
  • And just today, there is a reporter for the San Francisco chronicle, obviously suffering from some rare form of sexually transmitted encephalitis, who is arguing that since the KY lubrication level on our southern border dropped from 99.9% to 97.6%, we are now responsible for an increase in the death toll of criminal aliens, who put themselves in harm's way.
And those were examples I thought of at the speed I could type them! You know all the rest.
You must go grab a copy of Network and watch it.
The story line and dialogue are loaded with the rich chocolate Ovaltine™ of profane flair and philosophical flatulence. Every character, associated with the ‘new system’, is mortally tethered to ratings and political obsessions. The entire sequence of events will have you laughing with open-jawed recognition of all of those media pundits, street protesters and political power brokers you love to both love and hate.
"I am mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" - Howard Beale
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8 comments:

fmragtops said...

Isn't it funny, yet frightening how real life resembles things that were once only thought of in the satirical realm?

BTW, my new digs are up http://fmragtops.com

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Classic flick.
I'm going to have to watch it again, as it's been years...

Peakah said...

I'm not much of a movie buff but this sounds like one I'll really enjoy...

Better yet, my local library has a copy of it even -so they say online, whether I can find it or not remains to be seen. Will this get me flagged by the feds?

*grin*

Happy Easter to the Insolu-fam!

HydroplaningCulture said...

So, despite the warning in that movie, everything bad came to pass. So what purpose did that movie have, other than to offer brief entertainment and reflection to those that were aware of what was really going on?

I remember how outrageously slanted the reporting was during the Reagan years; Peter Jennings dripping sarcasm, and Vladimir Posner's nightly appearances on Nightline.

This movie did nothing to stave it off. It is really funny, though.

Insolublog said...

fmragtops - There is an element of both. I think that is what amplifies the entertainment value.

CUG - I am sure you will be refreshed.

Peakah - If the feds don't have the time to run down illegals, my guess is they probably will not be watching you.

Hydro - Actually, I am going to have to put my optimistic hat on here. I too, remember the outrageous media of the Reagan years.

We all know this movie and other forms of satire did not change the behavior in the media institutions. However, so many of us today, point out the fact they operate this way, on a daily basis, that they cannot really get away with it, like they used to.

Back then, Dan Rather might have actually succeeded in his attempt to destroy the election with a forged scandal. If typographical experts did not have the blogs, transmitting their analysis instantly to the public, the propagation delay through the lens of media bias may have resulted in a Kerry victory.

The classic ‘we distort the news, you decide’ controlled infrastructure of the MSM has given way to a reckless information anarchy of sorts.

With the fast internet information engine, the ‘fog of war’ type phenomena creeps through all the news. Nobody knows the real truth, until it bleeds out of accumulated statistical concensus.

Every day the MSM allows its editorial and reporting staff to mix political behavior and historical ignorance with fact reporting, they mark their both their data and their objectivity as hopelessly polluted.

What has been accomplished, by many individual news consumers, digesting all this data from many sources, is that truth might actually be able to get its pants on, while the carefully crafted lie is circulated around the world.

a4g said...

Insolublog -- that's the thing that's always frustrated me about the truth-- it's always lounging around with no pants on.

Insolublog said...

a4g - Heh. Before it gets too comfortable, we should rip down the shades.

Uber said...

I'd never heard of this flick amazingly enough. Great excuse to stay in this weekend!

Peakah- if the local library doesn't have copy, buy one (used even) and donate it to them when you're done. This is how I managed to sneak Ann Coulter into my local library. *g*