Indeed, Chayefsky seems to blithely ignore the great television of the seventies as he shows schedule conferences in which shows are described using the same cliched descriptions again and again. And when he mentions a quality show he does so backhandedly.
All in the Family is mentioned more than once but in the most telling, and ironically most inaccurate reference, Howard Beale (Peter Finch) makes the point that television will never make you feel bad or present you with harsh realities by saying, “No one ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house.” Of course, Archie Bunker’s wife, Edith, indeed did die (from a stroke, not cancer) at the end of the run of the show.
But more importantly, television had already been dealing with harsh realities for years, despite Chayefsky’s assertion. A year before the movie was even released, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake was killed off on M*A*S*H in a shocking final episode for him. And going back to the decade of Chayefsky’s prominence, writers like Rod Serling regularly wrote television like Patterns, made into a movie later, that deals with the harsh realities of a soulless business world that kills the good guys (literally in this case) and leaves the bad guys still at the top. Network has much to recommend it but there is, to be sure, a certain disingenuous nature to it as well.
‘Of course, those dignified years when Chayefsky and Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer were producing great art for television…’
Instapundit Glenn Reynolds ‘being investigated by his University, the University of Tennesse at Knoxville’
UPDATE: Interrupting the weekend blogging break…
I should have known that if somebody had this in his memory bank, it would be James Fulford at Vdare:
One of the local blacks who rescued Denny was not only ostracized by other blacks, his life was threatened, and he had to leave town. Here’s an LA Times piece, ten years after the riots…
I’m not posting more because I want you to go over and read the whole thing.
Partly because you’ll probably get a pop-up explaining that a surge in traffic has left Vdare servers strained, so they’re doing a fundraiser.
I link to them all the time. They’ve been talking immigration way before Trump ever thought of it.
James Fulford writes:
The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes Law School Dean Melanie D. WIlson as calling Reynolds’ post an “irresponsible use of his platform” and saying, “My colleagues and I in the university’s leadership support peaceful disobedience and all forms of free speech, but we do not support violence or language that encourages violence.”
Apparently not even in self-defense.
(PS: The black man who helped Denny was ostracized by other blacks. I’ll try to track down that interview. If you find it first, please let me know.)
Allan Massie writes:
In 1933 Churchill called him “the greatest law-giver among living men” and declared that he “has shown to many nations how they can resist the pressures of Socialism and has indicated the path that a nation can follow when courageously led.” In 1932 the British Tory newspaper, the Morning Post, while expressing reservations about dictatorship, judged that “History will be able to write the name of Mussolini among those of the noblest Romans who ever existed.” So general was the admiration for Il Duce that he even got into musical comedy, Cole Porter writing “You’re the top! You’re the Great Houdini! You’re the top! You’re Mussolini!” As late as 1937 Churchill praised Mussolini’s “amazing qualities of courage, comprehension, self-control and perseverance.” Some saw through him, of course, but on the political right especially, admiration of Mussolini and his Fascist regime was common.
Rick McGinnis writes:
I can offer at least a glimmer of hope. One of the new friends I met at university was Christopher Snow, a student at the Divinity School at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. In due time he became an Anglican minister, and along with his brother Bob remained my friend for years afterward.
I would meet up with Bob and Chris for drinks, dinner or concerts over my long, lapsed years, during which I slowly recovered from the disappointment of college, and started reading the books I wished I’d had the discipline or sobriety to study then. It was a self-guided education that, bit by bit, led me back to the Church, quite against my best efforts.
The last time I saw Chris I told him about my relapse in Catholicism, my marriage (in Latin!), and the little Catholic school my children were attending. “The thing is, Rick,” Chris told me with a grin, “that nobody who really knows you thought you were ever not a Catholic.”
He knew me better than I knew myself, which I suppose wasn’t really a surprise, since it was his business.
Fr. J. Christopher Snow died this summer after a battle with leukemia. I went to his funeral in his parish church in Milton, Ont., where his energy and faith were praised by his parishioners and fellow priests. I will miss him and his friendship, and maybe even whatever other revelations about myself he might have shared.
And it’s with Chris in mind that I’d like to try to assuage the fears of parents like myself who worry about how university will buffet and bruise the values they’ve worked to instill in their children.
Ann Coulter writes:
The media was enraged that Trump was sensible enough to realize what had happened. HE COULD HAVE BEEN WRONG! Yeah, but he wasn’t. As Trump said, “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
By Monday morning, Hillary was doing PR work for Islam, calling the culprits “bad guys,” but stressing that “we’re not going to go after an entire religion.” No one had suggested “going after an entire religion,” but I guess you can never be too careful when dealing with all those deplorable, irredeemable Americans. (…)
This is the doubletalk the public has been forced to endure after every terrorist attack.
The morning after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, NBC’s law enforcement analyst, Jim Cavanaugh, said that his best guess was that the shooter was a person “rooted in white hate movements,” and had picked the club “because it’s a diverse club and he hates diverse people.”
(By which I think he means yours truly! I have the perfect alibi, of course. If I ever found myself in a gay nightclub, I’d be too busy signing autographs to shoot anybody.)
(Liberal) Chris Arnade writes (read the whole thing):
I earlier predicted Hillary would win in a landslide and I was wrong.
I predicted this despite spending the last year talking to voters all over the country and hearing from them nothing but anger.
Along with hearing anger, I have heard very little good said about Hillary Clinton. From anyone. Black or white.
Is all of this anger and tepid support for Hillary just about sexism? Partly. But it is far more than that. She is viewed as aloof & calculating. As the establishment. As the elite. She represents the front row kids.
She is everything everyone dislikes about the front row kids. And this election is about everyone else throwing them out.
David Cole writes:
“He gets us, man. And all we need to do is prove that we’re worthy of his love, and a mutually fulfilling relationship will result!” They see Trump as a man who shares their vision, whereas I see Trump as a man with no vision—an opportunist, a self-promoter, a braggart, a Schwarzenegger.
Revisiting that 2011 birther forum, I was struck by how Trump had pulled the same shtick he’s pulling now. He got people to read way more into his foray into the Obama citizenship issue than was warranted. Let’s look at just a few of the comments from that symposium. And as we do, let’s not forget this one little fact: Trump, by his own admission last week, had nothing on Obama, no secret evidence of his foreign birth, no presidency-ending proof of his illegality as president.
As I’ve been saying since he announced:
When it comes to Trump analogies, “Hitler” isn’t the Austrian we need to worry about.
What started as a spat between parents and schools has become overtly political, with representatives from the centre-left Democratic party supporting the ban on homemade lunches as a way to maintain civility and order and a representative from the conservative Forza Italia party supporting la schiscetta, or food brought from home. (…)
Bringing food from home, she said, compromised the values the schools are trying to teach students about food and nutrition. “Lunch is an educational moment. They need to learn to sit together, to have proper, safe and organic food, and that they can’t just have potato chips and chocolate. They are in school and that means community,” the spokeswoman said.
The fledgling rebellion is seen among some as the start of a dangerous unraveling of social norms.
“We are only talking about five, six, seven people who are raising an issue with this. They are claiming the right to do what they want and it is unacceptable. If you are in school, there are rules, otherwise everything collapses. Then they will start to claim the rights over what they’re studying,” Scavuzzo’s spokeswoman said.
Via Facebook friend Joel Martin.
Whereas I’m sticking with my Bush era, “If Trump was Hitler, why aren’t you a lampshade?” line.
Although in this case, it’s more like, “So why haven’t you fled the country yet?”
Did you know that “black women can also be white feminists”?
Honestly, if this girl was white and it was 1969, this chick would be in the Weather Underground, the SLA or the Manson Family.
I don’t even disagree with everything she says, but when you do what she is doing, with is mood-altering using insider, gnostic jargon, you are using words the way others use drugs, and are not in your right mind.