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David's favorite quote

CapnG

Devil's Advocate
From Network, that is:

"You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, Reichmarks, Yen, Pounds and Shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature and YOU WILL ATONE! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale? You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state — Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality — one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused."

Network was made in 1976. Back then it was a satire, black comedy, a "things can't possibly get THIS bad" sort of joke. Funny how things change (or don't) over time, isn't it?
 

Aaron LeClair

Paranormal Maven
I watched a little of one of the vids just provided. It reminded me of an actual news lady that shot herself on air back in the 70s. I only recently learned about it like 2 years ago. Can't recall her name. Anyone know about it?

That would be completely mind blowing to see live unexpectedly. I feel sorry for the viewers. Seeing something like that can scar people.

Never seen Network. Maybe another movie for me to check out.

I get irritated that Janet Jackson's nipple partially showing for 2 seconds at the pooper bowl caused such a big fuss, yet violent sports don't....
 


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