The original Rollerball still holds up in many ways
Okay, it was a post from over at The Blogging of the President: 2004
concerning Viacom's publishing and publicizing of Richard Clarke's book, and the point Marcy Wheeler was making about corporate motivations. Specifically:
You think you have the good guys and the bad guys all sorted out. And then one of the bad guys turns around and does something--motivated though it may be out of pure self-interest--invaluable.
[ ]So all of a sudden, Viacom has contributed to what is certainly an important political moment and stimulated the anti-Bush book market.
That reminded me that I had meant to post this today:
Last night, I could find nothing all that good to watch. My PBS affiliates were showing one of those reality TV programs (which I concede are decent) on one station, and the other some snakeoil salesman because it is pledge week. The news networks weren't showing any news, and why do those corporate shills 'Cud-chew and Crammer' have a program? Actually, I will come back to this point - I think. Well during my surfing, I landed on and stayed on the original Rollerball (1975)
with James Caan and John Houseman; not the pointless knock off [why do they insist on re-making the good movies, when there are so many bad movies that might actually be improved in the right hands]. And, it dawned on me that Rollerball stands up well almost thirty years later. I mean the performances are pretty good, though it does suffer from some of those attempts at psychedelia that so was common in the seventies [see the original Crown Affair, much better then the remake, but the original does suffer from this same malady]. Fashion wise, flat screen TV wise, a real lack of morality and a fixation with violent sports and the sports' heros, well, it maybe that nothing has changed much, but I thought it actually does hold up. And the idea that corporations might someday blatantly run the planet, seems perhaps even less far fetched today than back then.
Well, point being, if you haven't seen it in a while, you might want to check it out. It's no Godfather, but it is a solid movie, even if some of the editing and film style are a little outmoded.
Oh yeah, the point about 'Cud-chew and Crammer', I think they are perfect evidence that the media and the supposed 'news' programs really support the point about corporate power. We don't get news anymore, we get corporate PR spin. And, I have seen a serious change since Rollerball came out in the what passes for news, and it looks like Rollerball.