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This discussion on Up With Chris, with Chris Hayes, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick discussing the role of power and propaganda in U.S. history is, well, incredible. More to say later, maybe. Have house guests so must go shopping and sightseeing now.
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Posted at 12:13 PM | Permalink
Thanks for this post, Hattie I'll have to wait for the DVD but it is awful to see how the US is in a constant state of war.
A huge profiteering corporate machine that no one is stopping, based on the constant death of innocent bystanders for the most part.
January 06, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I saw the promo of this on CNN, but failed to watch. Maybe there will be a re-run.
January 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I watched all the clips because I am very much enjoying the series on Showtime. I don't dislike Chris Hayes but am not the fan of his that you are and in this case, I thought his interview was like Chris Matthews for how he got in the way of letting his subjects talk.
I also think that while the series is great, it does draw conclusions; so it's not all about facts. It's about taking facts, that often have been ignored, and concluding something else is a fact when it really is an opinion based on those facts. Not always do I think Stone and his partner were right on how they did that but it's fair what they did by showing the issues that led them to that opinion. I wish all Americans would watch it.
Limbaugh was ridiculing it when we heard him on our drive home which means the right is concerned. He did it by not discussing the facts he disagreed with but distracting from them. Typical rightie maneuver.
Rain Trueax |
January 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I have seen only the first program in the series so far but have read the book.
Rain, it's true that Chris Hayes talks a lot and things move fast, but I think Stone and Kuznick responded well to the challenge and found it stimulating. And I got more out of this than I did from Amy Goodman's "soft" interview. I like both approaches, actually. They serve different purposes.
January 07, 2013 at 10:14 AM
The series has the advantage of using film clips which makes it harder for people to ignore or dismiss it as propaganda. And yes, I thought they did fine with his technique of interviewing, maybe expected it. I just think he's so into himself that he sometimes does too much promoting of that and not enough time for guests to expound on the reason they are there. He is young and was dealing with two men who are older and very experienced in getting across what they want. :)
I will probably get the companion book when we have finished watching the series. I still haven't come across it but can order it when the time comes. My time for serious reading has been limited lately to say the least. I haven't even taken time to read for pleasure since I finished the Craig Johnson mysteries.
Rain Trueax |
January 07, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Rain: I read the book on my Kindle.
January 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I knew it was there but wanted to buy what I could resell in case the companion book isn't worth my keeping. My bookshelves are overstuffed to say the least...
Rain Trueax |
January 08, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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