Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at
Thu Sep 21 10:38:22 MDT 1995

Actually, I'd rate X-FILES higher than that.  Many episodes have a
Situationist-like subversive quality that directly attacks capital, the
state, and the society of the spectacle.  This goes beyond simple
content.  For example, one episode had an especially silly idea about a
physicist haunted by an admixture of dark matter and his shadow (don't
ask).  The feds, helped by corporations and corp science, track him down
and torture him for the rest of his life, looks like.  He ends up
positioned like the ideal consumer, forced into a stance to watch his own
silhouette; a niftier analogue/attack on reality shows and their ilk I
have not yet seen.  The cannibalism episode, aside from some good jokes,
had a neatswipe at Clinton.  And so on.  The best anyone can hope for
from capital and the state is ignorance, treachery, and accidental
boons.  Sounds about right to me.

Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan

On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Lisa Rogers wrote:

> I enjoy "x-files" too, I just don't take it very literally.  I mean,
> I wouldn't put much past the US gov, but the UFO case in particular I
> don't think is likely.  I'd leave UFOs to screwy Louie F.
> "TV Nation" is produced and aired by Fox, isn't it?  Fox is the
> rapidly growing fourth network that is taking territory from the big,
> ancient three.  It is popular and growing in number of stations owned
> and in amount of original programming produced, so everything they
> make is seen more and more.
> Unfortunately, TV Nation did a really bad show on the agri-use of
> treated sewage residual solids [biosolids] and the regulation
> thereof, last year.  Some self-inflated "EPA whistle-blower" was
> invited, and he basically lied and fear-mongered quite egregiously.
> It did put me off the show a bit, but it conflicts with my schedule
> too, so I haven't checked it out much.  Maybe I'll take another look,
> Will.
> Yes, I claim some expertise in the regulation of shit, I mean
> biosolids.  Yeah, I know, ironic, isn't it... but fertilizer doesn't
> talk back.
> Lisa Rogers
> list-member
> >>> <wdrb at>  9/20/95, 01:59pm >>>
> 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.
> [snip] for my money there is nothing as innovative or subversive as
> michael moore's TV nation being made by in this country at present.
> will brown  bristol england
> PS I think x files is brill as well.
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