booth2 at husc.harvard.edu
Wed Sep 20 09:51:08 MDT 1995
I agree Michael Moore is radical and subversive and funny. The
Cobb County Georgia piece was fantastic! But the thing is, T.V. Nation
got a lot of its funding from the BBC so I think a case can be made that
British t.v. is better... I believe this flows from the relative greater
strength of the socialist movement in Britain in the post-war period and
the resulting nationalization of some t.v. and much greater state funding
for the arts. The same can be said about the film industry in most
One thing I don't like about Moore is that he never talks
solutions. He's never explicitly socialist or able to provide people
with a possible course of organizing and action. This is what makes him
somewhat acceptable to Capitalist t.v. . Since Moore refuses to go all
the way, I believe the unintended result of much of his work is a
deepening cynicism and sense of powerlessness. For example, when his
film Roger And Me was playing here in Boston, I managed to organize a few
groups of my co-workers to go and see it. In 3 or 4 trips, I got about
15 people to go. The reaction afterwards was depression rather than
anger; hopelessness rather than inspiration to do something about the
conditions in the film. If Moore had just ONCE interviewed a union
activist from New Directions or any union activist with some fight in her
or him, I believe the reaction of my sisters and brothers would have
-- Jeff Booth
On Wed, 20 Sep 1995 wdrb at siva.bris.ac.uk wrote:
> There was an item on the BBC
> telly news last night about the printing
> of unibomber's manifesto. Of course
> there was no details about what the
> mainifesto said although I thought
> the news implied it was just nuttiness.
> I'd appreciate a very quick precis
> of what the manifesto said if anybody
> can be bothered.
> BTW, on an entirely unrelated point,
> I saw someone slagging off Michael
> Moore's TV nation the other week on
> this list. Well, its being shown
> on telly here now and I believe its
> genuinely radical and subversive stuff
> and tha the folks making it have done
> some deep political thinking before
> they put lens to subject.
> I was particularly taken by:
> Moore wandering around capitol hill
> with the contract for america trying
> to exercise his equality by using
> luxury services reserved for congressmen.
> The program promoting a New York hood
> recently out of prison as a presidential
> A group of singers and dancers singing
> songs of love to Ku Klux Klan members.
> The UK always smugly pretend that
> "british tv is the best in the world
> and that american tv is crap"
> but for my money there is nothing as
> innovative or subversive as michael
> moore's TV nation being made by
> in this country at present.
> Is this program shown widely in the
> States..is it popular? It made me
> think again about how to convey
> leftwing ideas in a popular way.
> regards to all....I still think this
> list is excellent.....
> will brown bristol england
> PS I think x files is brill as well.
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