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I'll have to read that tomorrow.
once he gets going he doesn't mince his words.
and thought it would probably be off putting to anyone sceptical about the argument he's espousing. Ok, it's meant to be a polemic and control isn't vital in such a situation but I found it a difficult speech to view. Maybe it was because the camera angle was close up on his face (angrily preaching) for so long that he began to remind me of the ubiquitous yet anonymous Orwellian controllers. And that seemed such an odd contrast with what he was saying. That, and I didn't like the poetic imagery he conjured up underlining his view of writers in general: people who smash the mirrors we think we are using to reflect. Apparently when we look in the mirror, according to his analogy, we think we see ourselves (you know, the supposed 'real/true' me) but writers and other critical thinkers smash those perceptions. I think that when people look in the mirror they don't see themselves, but a stranger or at least a different view of themselves, and that the writer allows you to overlook someone else (usually the writer, but rarely yourself) watching themselves in their own mirror. I think that I'm getting all pedantic about his (mis)use of analogy because 1. It was elitist and simplistic and 2. It was a glib use of his artistic device (ability?) to put forward a political argument. It was a rant that demoted literature to a mechanism.
but what i liked about it was how methodical and sensible it was throughout
then theres that mirror bit that seems a bit vague and cheap.
i dont see that it "dmoted literature to a mechanism".
Reminded me of how much I enjoyed Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival".
A completely awe-inspiring tirade.
My jaw just dropped hearing someone contextualise and present the patterns of systematic abuse perpitrated by America over the last century in such a clear, concise, impassioned way.
The fact that this speech was allowed to happen, broadcast nationally and reported by the free media in this country is something to be celebrated.
And the points he made are something to be remembered, and dealt with.
right. Familiarity breeds contempt after all. Not much of a discussion that I know, but at least it's a reply...