Almost Daily – 6/1/07

January 6, 2007

Threads (1984)

Resoundingly bleak, Threads was probably not the thing to watch as I mope around the house with man-cold. It follows two Sheffield families in the build up to, and fall-out from, nuclear attack. It’s grim viewing today not simply because of the subject matter, but because of some superb casting choices, a fairly tight script and a startlingly graphic portrayl of Nuclear devastation.

I don’t find it troubling today, not in the same way as it must’ve felt to watch it at broadcast. Terrorism is not the mutually assured destruction of the Cold War. What I find most horrific is the numb reaction of the nation to the build-up. An enitre world lies back on comfy chairs, reading distanced reportage and switching TV station. Nothing there has changed twenty years later.

I’ve wondered aloud, but not put into words onscreen, what role the internet really plays in communication. It’s completely inescapable in daily life now. not a tool that can be used, but probably the most important communication function created. But how far do people really delve? My blog reading is limited to authors I like, to criticism that I tend to favour. I don’t know very much about front-line reportage in war-zones, despite the proliferation of such blogs coming from Iraq or Afaghanistan. Yet I consider myself net-savvy, a much wider user than a lot of people I know. So what of the silent majority?

Not to be taken too heavily, I’m just typing this so I can refer back to it.

Besides, it’s exactly that type of article I’m linking two of, found via Neil Gaiman’s blog.

Stewart Lee on comedy…

Terry Jones on the maths of war…


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