8.29.2005

Docu-drama

So many lefty propoganda films, so little time. If I have to hear another person drool over one of these things, I don't know if I can take it. The same people who love to bitch about how dumb George W. is would rather take their socio/political opinions hand fed to them in an easy to digest film, rather than deal with the confusing messiness of the issues. Read, goddamn it! Read! It only takes a little more time, and if you're reading from the right sources, you'll have a much better handle on the facts.

6 comments:

scrabblor said...

dowjones seems to be a whiny, mensa affiliated market today. Do you really think the problem with these documentaries is that the people who watch them don't read or that they have read and already formed an opinion? It seems the bigger issue is that "progressive" films have become exclusively boring ass documentaries "starring" the directors... what happened to fiction and form as content? During the vietnam era there was "Hearts and Minds" and "weekend". What is the modern equivalent, "uncovered" (named as though The Insider produced it) and "Over there"?

Dow Jones said...

nice work deflecting my criticism without addressing it, before taking the opportunity to levy your own. I've encountered many people who watch these things and then have their minds set on agreeing with whatever the position the director put forth without taking a bit of effort to dig deeper and consider other points of view. I'm not saying this is only, or even necessarily the main problem with these films, just that it's the one that irritates me the most since I have to encouter it firsthand. I agree with your other criticism, by the way, and this post was born out of a conversation that I had with someone about that very topic. I think that documentaries, by presenting reality in 2 minute talking head clips and stock footage, in attempting to present truth, miss The Truth that only fiction can accomplish. so amen to the scrabblor on that count.

Dow Jones said...

also, is it possible that there's some sort of time lag between events like the war and the genereal Bush admin. fuckery and fiction created directly addressing it? when did Weekend, Herts and Minds, and the gov. paranoia films come out relative to the beginning of Vietnam, or Nixon in the latter category? maybe we can look forward to good shit to come.

$crabblor said...

I guess I find your criticism of this strange bunch of people renting documentaries and just agreeing with the director to be smug and cynical. Your complaint is understandable, but come on now... is the problem people who actually rent these ittybitty documentaries don't do enough of their homework? Shit, we're a nation of fox watchers who dont give a fuck so long as a flag is waved... Someone who is watching documentaries that aren't about sports is already a member of the 5% pinkocommie npr listening intelligensia as far as Im concerned. There I think your criticism has been properly addressed.

scrabblor said...

by the way, I slashed your tires while typing that. Maybe you can read the new york times when you're walking home

Dow Jones said...

yes, because going to the video store and picking up a DVD called "uncovered: the facts about the war in Iraq" or whatever is so much more difficult and thoughtful than turning on Fox News.