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#1 Posted on 31.8.04 1002.16
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Booker-prize winning writer, historian, painter, absolute fricken genius, and one of the most brilliant and influential critics and thinkers of the last 50 years... John Berger comments on Michael Moore's op-ed film, Fahrenheit 9/11.

The film, considered as a political act, may be a historical landmark.

What makes it an event is the fact that it is an effective and independent intervention into immediate world politics. Today it is rare for an artist (Moore is one) to succeed in making such an intervention, and in interrupting the prepared, prevaricating statements of politicians.

To denigrate this as propaganda is either naive or perverse, forgetting (deliberately?) what the last century taught us. Propaganda requires a permanent network of communication so that it can systematically stifle reflection with emotive or utopian slogans. Its pace is usually fast. Propaganda invariably serves the long-term interests of some elite.

Making a strong case is not the same thing as saturating with propaganda. Fox TV does the latter, Michael Moore the former.

It is always the poor who make the most sacrifices, Fahrenheit 9/11 announces quietly during its last minutes. For how much longer? ... There is no future for any civilisation anywhere in the world today that ignores this question.

The whole article is below:


http://www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-1-67-2048.jsp
also at
http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,4120,1289516,00.html
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#2 Posted on 31.8.04 1020.46
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    Originally posted by Stilton
    What makes it an event is the fact that it is an effective and independent intervention into immediate world politics. Today it is rare for an artist (Moore is one) to succeed in making such an intervention, and in interrupting the prepared, prevaricating statements of politicians.
This is actually a truism. For better or for worse, the thing did have a tremendous impact on the political season.
    Originally posted by Stilton
    Propaganda requires a permanent network of communication so that it can systematically stifle reflection with emotive or utopian slogans. Its pace is usually fast. Propaganda invariably serves the long-term interests of some elite.
Good thing that the three major networks are able to pitch in...
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