In 2011, Steven Soderbergh revealed he’d repeatedly watched Raiders of the Lost Ark in black & white. Now he’s released a full-length version of the film in b&w, with no dialogue and an alternate soundtrack (Reznor and Ross’s score to The Social Network) so that you can focus on how the film is constructed visually.
Copyright law carries “fair use” exceptions, including when a work appears incidentally in the background or if the use is so fleeting as to be trivial. But the lawsuits allege that corporations have gone beyond any exception, putting the street art to use for their own commercial purposes. As Anasagasti’s suit argues, “In today’s fashion marketplace, affiliation with artists bearing such ‘street credibility’ is highly sought-after by retail brands for the cultural cachet and access to the profitable youth demographic that it offers.”
One common definition of the American dream is the belief that each generation will do better than the one before. By that measure, the dream is fading. Take the generation born in 1970. In early adulthood, these Americans outearned their parents, those born in 1950. But their gains stalled in the 2000s, when they were in their 30s. Now in their 40s, their earnings have fallen behind those of their parents at the same stage in their lives.
A lot of us do this, but why? No one knows for sure, but there are a few potential explanations. One is that hate-reading simply makes us feel good by offering up an endless succession of “the emperor has no clothes” moments with regard to our political adversaries. In this view, we specifically seek out the anti-wisdom of whoever appears dumbest and most hateful as a means of bolstering our own sense of righteousness. “If the commentary is dumb enough, it may actually have a boomerang effect in that it reassures us that our opponents aren’t very smart or accurate,” said Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a media psychologist at the University of Texas San Antonio.
“It’s definitely a safer way to encounter ideas you disagree with politically than talking with people you disagree with,” she said, “which is something we know that in the United States we avoid at nearly all cost. People don’t like to talk about politics with people they disagree with.” That’s something her research has shown pretty consistently: For all the loudness of our discourse, for all the talk about debate and discussion (albeit of a less inclusive sort than we, the loudest, would like to think), many Americans simply don’t want to actually talk politics with those with whom they disagree, partially out of a fear of being made to look uninformed. So for those who aren’t mouthy, opinionated pundits, hate-reading allows for a useful sort of half-engagement: You can yell back at the radio, but the radio can’t hear you.
You love hate-reading. It’s safe and addictive and easy. You’re always right when you hate-read.
“See ‘Eraserhead’ once and it’ll lodge itself firmly in some dank recess of your brain and refuse to vacate. Owning a copy is just a technicality.”—Pretty much a review of anything from David Lynch, but in this case the Criterion edition of ERASERHEAD.
Also terrible: the student loan racket and for-profit colleges, highly-profitable athletic organizations systematically ignoring crimes against women/children, obstructionism as a political ideology, money in politics, money in general. Lots of terrible things out there. You know, FYI.