Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Give me a B

BASED ON...
A term out of Hollywood meaning "fictional" or "made up". In entertainment industries, based on refers an on-screen depiction of a historical event or person having an only passing reference to what actually occured or what actually was. To critique a film I've never seen, The Aviator, Juan Trippe was not some cigar-chomping oaf, but a visionary who made air travel a commerical business, a truly revolutionary character, who did more to change the way we live now than all the Abbie Hoffmans and Reverend Sloan Coffins. He was guilty of what we all secretly admire but enviously disdain; to wit, he had his shit together. But American discourse is largely based on false dichotomies in the service of the narcissism of small differences, just watch the WWF if you think I am wrong. One character is all white and light, hence any opponent is all blackness and sulphur. So when an event gets the Hollywood treatment, nuance goes out the window in service of the stupidity of the audience (Allow me to rant one day about the most evil movie to come out of Hollywood. No, not Birth of a Nation. Forrest Gump.) All this references the fact that this nation as a nation was grounded largely in a Christian heresy that the devil was a powerful God co-equal with the God of Light. It perks up in our culture all the time.
Anyway, for a later rant, Juan Trippe is on my short list of truly revolutionary figures of the 20th Century, none of which are the Betty Friedans or Norman Thomases. More likely suspects are the inventors, advance men, and debt salesmen who made this all possible. Willis Haviland Carrier did more to change the face of the nation than anyone else. Want to fight the power, my young fellow Leftists? Get a degree in engineering.

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