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Ellene Phufas <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 16 Sep 2001 21:24:54 -0400
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To acrren members:
I am shocled that on this sorrowfil occassion we have those who would
bash Mareica and what America stands for:  freedom of speech!  To blame
Hollywood for its excesses or America for its cultural arrogance is
aboslutely to misunderstand what this country is about.  Those who have
pereptrated this horror on us would not be so willing to permit any
freedoms whatsoever. Lets get real please!
Eleni Phufas

-----Original Message-----
From: Anthony Rocha
Sent: Sun 9/16/2001 3:18 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Your responsibility


        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

        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
        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

        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
        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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