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roselle zubey <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 16 Sep 2001 16:30:24 -0700
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Anthony-Normally I am just a lurker on Screen-L. I
enjoy reading the posts, but your comments get right
to the heart of the problems that caused the tragedy
in New York and Washington DC so I felt I had to reply
this time. When the tragedy happened I said that the
poor who become terrorists hate us and the words you
wrote in the post perfectly express what I was
thinking. I guess the question now is what we can do
to change our arrogant way of thinking.I'm not sure
that we ever will so the cycle will, unfortunately,
continue. Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts
and well said. Roselle Zubey [log in to unmask]

--- Anthony Rocha <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Friends,
> I would like to tie this societal problem to film,
> however everything is tied
> to film and TV as they just represent us in some
> form as humans.
> Since the study of film and media is such an
> important aspect of our society
> and has such a large influence on our society I feel
> it is important for me
> to share some thoughts.
> You after all have a forum, you write and you shape
> media as well. It is the
> critique of media that often prevents it from
> pursuing any whim it wishes.
> I want to note that I am not a firm believer in non
> responsibility. Just as
> the terrorists are responsible for their horrific
> actions, we are responsible
> as well.
> We have not been a kind country for hundreds of
> years. The world largely is
> seen as a vehicle to sustain our economic life. We
> have peddle our ideas and
> our media off to humanity to expand markets with no
> concern for content or
> culture.
> The climate of economic abuse and cultural disregard
> is one that has come
> back to haunt us. This is more than likely the
> beginning of years of
> problems. I am now hearing and I have heard this
> before that the idea of a
> chemical or nuclear bomb is a very viable threat in
> our cities.
> The media in large part has chosen what we see and
> how we digest these
> tragedies. We as Americans are very uneducated about
> life and the world. We
> have might and economic strength but we seem to use
> it in the most simplistic
> ways.
> I am reminded of children who can only get in touch
> with the emotion of anger
> and not filter in reason as well. Of the politicians
> I have heard few tend to
> speak with reason. While there will be military
> actions in the next few days,
> this combine with no thought in our role of setting
> of this extreme level of
> hatred towards Americans will serve no purpose.
> We have peddle violent uneducated crap to the world
> for decades (films, TV).
> We have peddle Americans as the heroes and righteous
> for decades. What type
> of emotional reactions do you think this has on
> young children in other
> countries to identify with the American in films and
> yet have an emotional
> conflict with the lack of identification with their
> own culture.
> You have the power to do something about it. You are
> a teacher. You are
> critiques of the media and you have the ability to
> enlighten.
> While I am American and love my country I cannot
> divorce myself from the
> problematic way (in/to) which we interact with the
> world.
> Thank you!
> ----
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