Film flam.

March 9th, 2008

Time Magazine ran a story on the escalating best viagra treat 9171, viagra 1720100-1,00.html”>trend of movies that elevate enlightenment above entertainment:

“More and more, Hollywood is betting on its powers of social engineering. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Charlize Theron have taken pay cuts and strolled red carpets for features that further humanitarian or political agendas.”  

They call it filmanthropy. I don’t know why they bothered inventing a name for it. There’s already a perfectly good word for the practice of making a film in the service of fanaticism. It’s called propaganda.

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  • 1. capper  |  March 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Film flam? Say that five times fast. (And no, I don’t mean “that, that, that, that, that.”)

  • 2. coco  |  March 12th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    It’s not “engineering”. It’s the intention to contribute something to make this world better. That may not work in every case and every cause, but that is still the intention, I strongly believe. And this has most certainly NOTHING to do with “propaganda”.
    That is quite another scenario……

  • 3. elliot  |  March 12th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Remember Coco, there is a very thin line between “education” and “indoctrination.” ;)

    By the way, welcome to From Where I Sit. It’s always nice to see a new face!

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