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Movie Listings for the Sheeple:
It feels like a Hollywood movie wheel, because it is. . .
Infotainment is the "media art" of making the sending of information entertaining and enticing to the general public. The goal is not to inform the public as accurately or thoroughly as possible, but to entertain you so as to grab your attention and interest.
I'm finding more and more people turning to the news stations for their amusement, rather than watching movies or sitcoms. The reaction is quite often along the lines, "the news is interesting, the movies on right now suck." The reason why the news hands out the allure of an academy award, while the movies "suck," is because much of the news presented today is a clever movie script, while the second hand writers are left to writing the "real" movies.
Infotainment is going mania more today than ever in the past. A quick glance of the "news stories" reads as if it were a listing at a theatre. Want an Armageddon thriller with a Japanese twist? Watch Fukushima, where a nuclear reactor goes beserk after a giant tital wave. We promise to deliver enough dosages of destruction, nuclear radiation, and mayham! This is the ultimate "watch things blow up" channel! An award winning drama! As for the people who really died in that tragedy, are they supposed to have names?
Want a Cinderella, fairy tale, royal wedding? Let's watch William and Kate all smiles as they get drunk off wine and luxury of the British tax payer dollar! Want to be an innovator, entrepreneur, or great author? Forget it. This is 2011, you must dream to become a prince or princess to make any real money. Not born of that "right bloodline"? It's not so bad, you can live out the dream through your television sets. This is a romantic comedy that's certain to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
And last but not least, let's watch the death of Osama Bin Laden! This has the real making of a Tom Clancy novel! I turn on my television and there's no doubt in my mind that what the government is telling us is the truth! Look at those fancy computer graphics simulating how our heroes, the American boys of the Navy Seals, are raiding the Pakistani compound! Reminds me of a time I used to play Rainbow Six, wait a second, isn't that the Rainbow Six video game? Nah, it couldn't be, it's the corporate media! Surely they would never use a video game to broadcast a story, no never! Regardless, Osama Bin Laden: Dead! promises to be the action pack movie of our time!
Mean while, do I even know what movies are out? Not really, they've been put out of the job due to competition from the news. . .
-Donovan D. Westhaver