Rosenbaum on Baumbach's Kicking & Screaming and other links
In the face of this diagnosis Williams proposes a tentative antidote. Centering his ethic on the notion that the apocalypse is already happening, in some places more visibly than others, Williams suggests that we must accelerate this process, stripping away the tattered remnants of capitalist illusion to reveal the true consequences of its structures."
The results are all around us. Did Saddam Hussein attack the World Trade Center? Did the Obama health-care reform bill call for “death panels”? Is man-made global climate change a hoax or nothing more than a purposeful conspiracy of scientists seeking greater funding? Do tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires really pay for themselves? “The quack, the charlatan, the jingo, and the terrorist, can flourish only where the audience is deprived of independent access to information,” wrote Lippmann. But as we see today, he was being overly generous. They can thrive just as easily when elites cannot be bothered to provide accurate information or refuse to do so in the service of their own political, ideological, or economic interests. That such questions even need to be addressed is, sadly, a significant victory for those against whose machinations and manipulations both Lippmann and Dewey sought to defend us."
---"5 Technologies That Will Shape the Web" by Elise Ackerman
---Simon Reynolds' Retromania
---trailer for General Orders No. 9
---Andrew Sarris chooses 5 film books
---A.O. Scott remembers Lawrence of Arabia
---the introduction to Farivar's The Internet of Elsewhere
---lastly, Ayoade discusses a scene from Submarine