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Based on this clustering research, if a market analyst can determine a handful of a person's favorite brands and restaurants, she can triangulate a whole network of products and even product brands the person is inclined to purchase with a little persuasion. And even individuals who believe themselves to be resistant to the enticements of advertising are likely more patterned in their purchasing habits than they realize. They might avoid the mall and the chain stores, and harbor a real aversion toward SUVs, Borders bookstores, Tommy Hilfiger, MTV, McDonald's and Starbuck's, but find kindred spirits at the local independent coffee bar, book dealer, whole foods grocer, and neighborhood yard sales, driving there in old Volvos, Valiants, or Vespas, listening to alternative music downloaded from Napster, renting independent films, and socializing around imported cheeses and microbrewed beer while swapping recent
Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker who uses his craft to openly raise issues of religious faith. In the movie, Signs (2002),17 which he wrote and directed, crop circles are reported to have begun appearing all over the world and rumors are circulating of UFOs hovering in the earth's orbit. When a crop circle appears in the corn field of their family farm, the lead character in the story, Graham Hess - a disillusioned and recently widowed Episcopal priest played by Mel Gibson - is asked by his brother what all of this means. He replies,
In FightClub, as we have seen before, the filmmaker uses popular culture to critique popular culture. This scene invites us to reject both the designer self and the therapeutic self as inadequate views of human identity. And while the story offers brutal solutions that we are not really expected to accept (pain and the infliction of pain is the only thing that will confirm your existence), it nevertheless captures a feeling that people are yearning for a connection to reality that neither a bricolage of accessories nor cloying self-esteem finally satisfy.
The faith of the twice-born is distinguished by its having passed through the dark night of the soul and transcended it to gain what Paul Ricoeur has called a second-naivete. This is a faith sobered by the awful grace of God, the faith of many saints - perhaps the primary requirement of sainthood, although not the only one. This script can be found hidden within the sometimes prurient humor of the movie, Dogma, by the young filmmaker Kevin Smith.32 Like Wings of Desire, Dogma is a story about angels, but of the sick-soul type, which requires a shift of locale from Berlin to New Jersey. The movie opens with a cardinal in New Jersey launching a campaign he's named Catholicism, Wow in an effort to freshen up the image of his Church and increase its appeal to a younger crowd. As part of the festivities surrounding the launch of the campaign, he invokes the ancient rite of plenary indulgence, whereby the Church draws on the accumulated merit of the saints to cancel in its entirety the...
Many stories or movies today, display the heroes as people willing to break the moral laws to achieve their mission in the story as if the dire circumstances they find themselves absolve them from any moral responsibility in their situation. This is normally written-in from the desire of the filmmaker or writer to show reality which may well be an accurate reality, and certainly has its place in artl, and to amplify the circumstances of the story. But even though it has its place in art, unfortunately it ends up glorifying or even justifying these wrong actions.
However, a different analysis is possible. If Disney's cartoons were reinvigorating an atrophied memory of the David and Goliath story, as well as forgotten assurances of the Beatitudes, he was drilling into a deep layer of biblical advocacy on behalf of the victims of political oppression and tyranny. He accomplished this by casting folktale characters in the crucial roles - plodding tortoises, lithe fairies, diligent ants, elves, dwarves, wise old trees, talking crickets, flying elephants - in effect, repopulating the disenchanted world of modernity with otherworldly avatars of a proven message of resistance to oppression. While Disney was not the sort of avant-garde filmmaker that Benjamin had in mind, it is possible that the masses were mobilized sufficiently by culture producers like Disney to demand the sort of social reconstruction that was initiated through Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It is possible to see this decade of Disney's work as providing stories and characters...
Yet even in such jeremiads, religion featured little, amazingly so given Europe's long tradition of Muslim nightmares though who could take such a prospect seriously in modern times As late as 1973, when Jean Raspail wrote The Camp of the Saints, his sensational account of a white Europe overthrown by mass Third-World immigration, Islam features little in the work. The nonwhite masses of impoverished invaders are primarily Hindus from the Ganges. In liberal productions too, many authors and filmmakers dealt with the encounter between white Europeans and African or Asian immigrants who were Muslims, but the religious elements were subsumed in the racial. David Edgar's classic political play Destiny explores the conflict between Asian immigrants in Britain and a surging fascist movement, but it is never clear
The difference in response is striking, but the reasons are obvious. However incensed they became, Christian critics never threatened actual violence or even unruly demonstration. Archbishop Sentamu has denounced the BBC for its consistent display of religious double standards They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims. We are fair game because they can get away with it. We don't go down there and say, 'We are going to bomb your place.' That is not in our nature. The lesson for filmmakers or broadcasters is clear when choosing religious topics to cover, only offend those groups who will respect legality. Might, in this instance, assuredly does make right, or at least the right to offend. A cynic might comment that critics of Jerry Springer could have ended the work overnight simply by allying with Muslims, who regard Jesus as one of the most venerated prophets, and by enlisting the publicity machine of an Abu Laban. In 1999, Omar Bakri Mohammed had indeed issued a fatwa...
In conceiving the idea of the cyborg, Clyne was seeking a technical solution to a technical problem. But, just as these filmmakers and science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick and William Gibson have picked up on, the quagmires that this intimate synthesis of human and machine would thrust us into are enormously intriguing. Most of us do have an adverse reaction to the prospect of assembling a hybrid creature from flesh and hardware, with a deep suspicion that even with the best intentions, something will go wrong, a la Victor Frankenstein's monster. The irony is that while we recoil at the thought of such transgressions of the boundary between human and machine, we have been engaged in these transgressions for a long time. In effect, we have already begun the transformation of ourselves into cyborgs.
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