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Cos thinking should never be stagnant...

Friday, August 20, 2004

A Long Absence Thanks to...

Stupid bureaucracy.

Basically, my phone line has been disconnected, thanks to dumb protocols and policies by the managing telecommunications company. In the meantime, I have to use the school computer for internet activities, and can never stay long enough to fill in a worthy substantial blog entry. Now that I've finished my 20-movie marathon, I intend to talk about some of the brilliant and informative entries I've watched. There were also the fun and enjoyable ones which are quite a delight.

For now, I highly recommend, if you have the chance, to watch The 'Yes Men' and The Corporation. In fact, I insist that you do yourself a big favour and watch them even if it means not catching "The Apprentice" or "(insert whatever country) Idol" or "Survivor" or whatever crap. Although both are documentaries, their style of focus and cinematographic content diverge in bipolar extremes. The 'Yes Men' is a humourous adventure of a group of individuals who take potshots at global organizations, particularly the WTO, by impersonating themselves as representatives in formal presentations and ceremonies. The gags, pranks and far-fetched schemes to subvert the WTO is unbelievable far-out but yet strangely readily accepted by corporate managers and officers around the world. Even if you aren't politically-inclined, or believe in fair representation of global socio-economics, this is still a first rate laugh track.

The Corporation is however, charged with informative and serious discussion on the role of corporations in modern capitalism today. With several interviews from intellectuals such as Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky, and more (in fact, this is the elaborative list of individuals in the film) , juxtaposed with excerpts and case studies of corporate activity and deviance, we are introduced to not only a historical analysis of today's most powerful institution, but its sociological-economical role, its power structure and all-too-important future developments. I did manage to engage with the director, Mark Achbar who was down to provide a Q&A session.

More recommendations next time.