The above picture is something I took from the bus tonight. It's the

poster for the new JJ Abrams (MI III) movie "Cloverfield". I saw the

trailer in front of "Sweeny Todd" the other night and I couldn't help

but think two things about it:



1) It's just "Godzilla" crossed with "Blair Witch Project" and is,

therefore not terribly interesting (to me) or original. Of course,

thanks to the average film-goer's inability to recognize being

manipulated (Bush's second term, anyone?) most people are probably

looking forward to this movie. It's JJ Abrams-produced, so I'm guessing

that like MI: III it'll be over-produced and under-written (read: it'll

be vacuous, pointless fun).



2) The use of the decapitated Statue of Liberty head smacks of serious

RudyGiuliani-ism. It capitalizes on our (literal) post-traumatic stress

disorder that we are still suffering from after 911. Why else would

they take a national landmark like the SoL and behead it the way Muslim

extremists do to their enemies?



Having a strange force (either a giant monster or alien menace) desimate

New York City just encourages viewers to fear anything that is strange

or alien to them--like Islam, or, say, dark skinned folks from other

countries who speak a foreign tongue. In short, it encourages us to be

racist and reactionary.



Am I reading into things? Maybe. However, I heard about a study done

by the US military into torture tactics used against terrorism

suspects. If memory serves, when an officer asked enlisted men if they

thought torturing Iraqis was OK, some responded "If Jack Bauer can do

it, why can't we?"



So, the threat of media encouraging certain types of behavior is real.

I think if this movie was coming out ten years ago I'd have been first

in line to see it. But now? I hope no one will. There's too much fear

in our culture as it is.



And we all remember what FDR said about fear, right?
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