Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reflection on 'PoliWood'

I have published an essay about the documentary PoliWood on the Sounds of Cinema blog. Here is an excerpt:

The influence of the relationship [between celebrity, news media, and politics] does not flow in a single direction; this isn’t just politicians cozying up to entertainers or celebrities adopting causes they may or may not believe in for photo ops. This is a complete system in which the three are bonded together in a triple helix and there is no pulling them apart.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PoliWood Screening Tonight

Remember that PoliWood will be screened tonight at 7:00pm in the Science Lab Auditorium at Winona State University. The event is free and open to the public.

PoliWood is sponsored by Winona State University's English Department, Political Science Department, Mass Communication Department, and Sounds of Cinema.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

No Salvation, No Forgiveness

Here is a video of Christopher Hitchens discussing the shortcomings of vicarious redemption. Hitchens argues that a blood sacrifice, however perfect, cannot erase personal responsibility. This conception of redemption cannot be morally or ethically defended and has no basis in reason. In short, Jesus died for nothing. Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Spring Film Screening: PoliWood

Sounds of Cinema has joined with the Winona State University English, Mass Communication, and Political Science Departments to present the documentary PoliWood on Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm in the Science Lab Auditorium on the Winona State campus. A panel discussion featuring Winona State faculty will follow.

Directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog, Good Morning, Vietnam, You Don't Know Jack), PoliWood examines the overlap of politics, entertainment, and celebrity. Shot during the 2008 presidential campaign, the documentary follows members of the Creative Coalition, a non-partisan organization of entertainers, as they visit the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Along the way, the film explores the ways in which entertainment and celebrity culture have shaped contemporary politics and what that means for the future of democracy.

See this page for more information about the film and subscribe and share the Facebook event page.