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Mixed Messages

So much to write about.  Will update tomorrow morning.
  • GIEU and my (mis)adventures.
    • Peers and intellectual and emotional (im)maturity.  I was one of the oldest students on the trip, and I think it showed.
    • Fun with new people at UNO.
  • Surging feeling of joy in returning to the co-op, to be around Jesse, Melita, and Hiro.
  • Becoming a reader.  I read Roots while in New Orleans.  I've been reading a lot.
  • Went to the library today.  Got good twentieth century classical and some books to prepare for Algebra Project training and to wrap up my experience in New Orleans.
  • Downloaded Windows Media Player 12 by Julianne's recommendation.  For Windows software, I'm pleased.  Windows has done what it does well: steal Apple products; tirelessly update them; and release the new version prematurely.
  • Watched American History X, and it's a sorry excuse of an anti-racist film.  Many of the tired patterns of films that vindicate a still fucked up white racial identity cropped up and predominated the film.
    • <s>The only redeeming grace is Edward Norton's butt in an inopportune moment. </sarcasm>

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heure_actuelle
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
ah that's interesting you didn't like american history x. it's in my netflix queue and i've heard good things about it. so it's interesting to see a bad review of it! i'm anxious now to see what i'll think of it.
applecorebrain
Jun. 11th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
unless I was halucinating, pechous asked me what those symptoms were, and I replied. Now it seems to have done and delted itself. *confused* Well, I'll assume it was real, and I'll answer his question after I sort out the mysterious deletion.
applecorebrain
Jun. 11th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
well, it's in my coment directory, so reposted:

macerio_dante: And those tired patterns would be...?

applecorebrain: - Using black characters for comical relief
- Using black characters to help viewer emote and grow with white character
~a la Donkey in Shreck
- Using examples of extreme racism to show a glowing transformation, as if Derek no longer harbored any racism because he could now hold a conversation with a black man
- The black characters were one dimensional. In the scene where Derek and friends are competing for the rights to the basketball court, we see his family cheer him on. The black characters have no support. We don't see their anguish.
All these get at the way the story is told and how the viewer is lead to emote only through the white character, save the instance when the man bit the curb. We saw him throb in pain, but the attention is quickly diverted to Derek's brother's reaction.

applecorebrain: Madison, Kelly J. "Legitimation Crisis and Containment: The "Anti-Racist-White-Hero" Film." (Critical Essay) Critical Studies in Mass Communication v16, n4 (Dec, 1999):399 (18 pages).

Author Abstract: "This essay examines the way in which collective memories of struggles for African peoples' equality are constructed in mainstream film. From the late eighties to the late nineties, the film industry produced a series of thematically similar films dealing with struggles against white supremacy in the U.S. and in South Africa. In this essay I argue that movements for equality created a legitimation crisis for white supremacist patriarchal capitalism in general and white identity in particular. A textual analysis is presented in which it is argued that mainstream film helped "contain" this legitimation crisis by circulating paternalistic white supremacist discourses through which to remember key historical moments in the struggles against white supremacy. These "anti racist-white-hero films" are placed in the larger cultural context of backlash through which white supremacist patriarchal capitalism has sought to regain legitimacy in the U.S. over the past three decades." COPYRIGHT 1999 Speech Communication Association.

supplied by: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/missburning.html
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