The Wisdom of Howard Beale

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  1. jason_els

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    thanks for these. the film is from 1976. i've never seen it. the more things change the more they stay the same it seems.

    wow, the second clip is even better than the (more famous) first clip. prophetic for it's time. the current reality now.

    i ran across a clip on youtube on christmas day (one of the john lennon "so this is christmas" ones from about 1973) there was footage of lennon talking about how the people of the world are manipulated by governments, corporations, for unknown ends. it could have been filmed last night. it was that topical.
    found it. lennon does ramble a bit, but it's worth watching most of this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhJ79WZe4Fs&feature=related
     
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    One last scene from Network as Howard Beale is taken before the Chairman of UBS. There is no democracy, is also one of the most famous soliloquies in cinema. If the previous two scenes interest you, this one will blow you away. Ned Beatty was nominated for a Best-Supporting Actor Oscar for it.
     
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    but now i believe there's light at the end of the tunnel, rather than a tunnel at the end of the light.
    it's gonna be ok. don't know how the dice are gonna land. but it's gonna get better. i believe that.


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    i've censored my own posts before and was always glad i did. i finished my taxes on friday and went on a posting frenzy.
    my new avatar (for now) is a springer spaniel,
     
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    It's even more scary now thirty years later because every country, with the fall of communism, now only has one choice, capitalism. And big companies/big business are now the predominant force on the planet, bigger than governments, bigger than religion, bigger than anything. And when I hear people preach 'small government' you should know exactly what that means. It means 'big business' with no fear of any force on the planet that can stop it. And we are seeing the results of that right now. That can reign in the dark side of capitalism, the dark side of exclusion and greed.


    What is a Corporation?
     
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    He's my hero, hence the avatar.

    That was a brave movie to make at any point in history, let alone 1976.
     
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    divergent factions agree on "network"'s merits. that alone speaks volumes.
     
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    I grew up in front of the TV, but rejected it (and much else) when I was about 16 (coincidentally, the year this film came out). I bought my first TV when I was 28, not to watch cable or broadcast programming, but so I could use my VCR. Over the next 21 years (and several upgrades), I only became more and more convinced that this was a wise decision. It's the pastime of fat, ignorant fools.
     
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    Damn the message, not the medium. There is just as much good TV as there is of any other medium.

    For every 100 Sean Hannity stations, there is one college indy station cranking out music you've never heard anywhere else.

    For every 100 Harlequin Romances, there is one Bonjour Tristesse.

    For every 100 Mariah Carey CDs, there is one Dusty Springfield.

    For every 100 celebrity blogs, there is one Not Without My Handbag.

    For every 100 People Magazines, there is one National Geographic.

    For every 100 Judge Hatchettes, there is one NOVA.
     
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