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AP review finds no WikiLeaks sources threatened - Houston Chronicle
An Associated Press review of those sources raises doubts about the scope of the danger posed by WikiLeaks' disclosures and the Obama administration's angry claims, going back more than a year, that the revelations are life-threatening. U.S. examples have been strictly theoretical.
wikileaks  sources  review  danger 
september 2011 by dissident
Open Statement - The Help
On behalf of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), this statement provides historical context to address widespread stereotyping presented in both the film and novel version of The Help. The book has sold over three million copies, and heavy promotion of the movie will ensure its success at the box office. Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers. We are specifically concerned about the representations of black life and the lack of attention given to sexual harassment and civil rights activism.
movie  review  The_Help  Association_of_Black_Women  history  racism  African_Americans  stereotypes 
september 2011 by dissident
Why Hollywood keeps whitewashing the past - Race - Salon.com
"The Help" is just the latest movie to sugarcoat oppression by painting enlightened white people as heroes
movie  review  racism  whitewashing  hollywood  The_Help  media 
august 2011 by dissident
AlterNet: How 'Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon' Glamorizes War to Cure American Impotence
Director Michael Bay films a woman prancing up the stairs and cooing to a guy in bed, “My hero needs to wake up.” Over the next two and half hours of screen time, cars and jets transform into robots that blast Chicago into a shooting gallery. Welcome to Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, a dumb, loud movie that would be forgivable if it were only stupid.
Transformers  movie  review  racism  sexism  imperialism  military  media  violence 
july 2011 by dissident
HBO’s Too Big to Fail: Propaganda aimed at the US population
The movie features a fine cast, and a few of the actors have been given characters with a degree of dimensionality. However, the filmmakers’ decision to make a “regular movie,” i.e., a formulaic one, results in the type of stale story of a valiant individual saving the US from an evil power (in this case, certain predatory elements on Wall Street) so prevalent in American political movies. Not only is the story stale in this case, it is also untrue.
Henry_Paulson  HBO  movie  review  capitalism 
june 2011 by dissident
1811 Louisiana Slave Rebellion: The Untold Story
Some history books try to tell a story. Others try to turn history upside down, challenging preconceived notions about winners and losers. American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt does the latter.
slavery  Louisiana  revolt  history  review  book 
march 2011 by dissident
ZCommunications | What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point by Rick Ayers | ZNet Article
Waiting for Superman: Approach it with a critical eye -- Some of the evidence, some of the common sense that the film left out.
imported  documentary  review  education  teachers  unions  health  Waiting_for_Superman  Rick_Ayers 
october 2010 by dissident

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