Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why political thrillers usually suck

Great piece by James Bowman on Hollywood's moral universe.


Politics for them is not politics as it has been traditionally understood. For them, politics is a movie, as well as the occasion for proclaiming a tribal loyalty.

You can tell this by watching, if you can bear it, the always unreal movies and TV shows whose subject is politics—House of Cards is a good recent example—produced by the American entertainment industry. Hollywood sees politics as moviemakers and other conspiracy theorists do. Or as a communist does, which may be one reason why communism was once so much more popular there than it was in the rest of the country. For such people, democratic politics is no more than a disguise for the politicians’ corruption and violence, and their common cause with exploiters and oppressors of the people.

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