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We're Gonna Put Television On Trial: Film's Continued Struggle To Expose TV

by Mike LeSuer
We're Gonna Put Television On Trial: Film's Continued Struggle To Expose TV by Mike LeSuer
“To watch the TV screen for any length of time is to learn some really frightening things about the American sense of reality. We are cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly. These images are designed not to trouble, but to reassure. They also weaken our ability to deal with the world as it is, ourselves as we are.” – James Baldwin — required supplements: - marshall mcluhan (b. 1911) - “four arguments for the elimination of… Read more

“To watch the TV screen for any length of time is to learn some really frightening things about the American sense of reality. We are cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly. These images are designed not to trouble, but to reassure. They also weaken our ability to deal with the world as it is, ourselves as we are.” – James Baldwin

required supplements:
- marshall mcluhan (b. 1911)
- “four arguments for the elimination of television” by jerry mander (1978)
- “white noise” by don delillo (1985)
- “amusing ourselves to death” by neil postman (1985)
- “bear v. shark” by chris bachelder (2001)
- “television: a biography” by david thomson (2016)
- donald trump (1946- )

googleable personal essays:
- “reconsidering rear window ethics in tv’s first golden age” (flood magazine)
- “video killed the video star: antonio campos’s christine (2016) and film’s continued struggle to expose television” (bright lights film journal)
- “10 great movies as arguments for The elimination of television” (taste of cinema)
- “in defense of intentional media: on consciousness, entertainment, and the detriments of streaming” (facets features)

please notify me of any titles I may have missed – there’s plenty more to be written on the subject.

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