Archive for January, 2009

Strangelove and the “Bomb”

Dr. Strangelove is a brilliant, satirical, provocative black satire regarding doomsday and Cold War politics that features an accidental, inadvertent, pre-emptive nuclear attack. The undated, landmark film was the first commercially-successful political satire about nuclear war, has been inevitably compared to another similar suspense film released at the same time – the much-more-serious and melodramatic […]

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The speech at Rice, Michigan, and his inaugural address

       In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active citizens, famously saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” He also asked the nations of the world come together to fight what he called the “common […]

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JFK election and What Mama Said

Throughout his presidency, JFK managed to create a public image immensely attractive to much of America. He was the first “television President;” with his charm and good looks he took full advantage of that medium to capture and engage the hearts of Americans (indeed, the relationship JFK shared with America has often been referred to […]

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Douglas Intro

Toe-the-line feminists and white patriarchal media magnates alike receive a good-natured thrashing in Where The Girls Are, Susan J. Douglas’ exploration of the schizophrenic treatment of women in the media from the 1950’s to the present. The book is a little less harsh than an average analysis of the media. Douglas neither portrays the media […]

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Lytle and Bloom

In the 21st century, the ’60s have taken on an unforgettable and bombastic quality we used to reserve for the “Roaring ’20s.” After all, it began with Elvis and The Beatles, who started out looking so temporary but who left an indelible image on American music and culture, and it included the civil-rights movement, Vietnam, […]

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