Exception to a generation
Overall I'm impressed with the latest generation of youngsters. From what I see in real life and from their writings and accomplishments, I'm pretty sure they could rebuild a sane society if we'd just let them. They have somehow managed to become more realistic
and perceptive than the previous three or four generations.
But not all of them. This movie review
in the 'War is Boring' website is by a youngster, unless his icon is misleading. He's reviewing a typically awful 1965 Made For TV movie about nuclear war and civil defense, commissioned but refused by BBC.
It's easy to see why BBC didn't want such a documentary at that time: the PM was Harold Wilson of Labour. BBC always glorifies the current or most recent Labour leader and monstrifies the current or most recent Tory leader. Exactly the same as USA STRONG media with different names on the parties. Can't lead the audience to think that Our Lord And Prophet LABOUR Wilson would let those awful Russkies attack us. It's the Other Harold, Horrible Evil TORY MacMillan, who is the real danger. We need to run scary movies when MacMillan is in charge.
Aside from that, the film was just crappy, and BBC does have professional standards along with its religious beliefs.
The young reviewer clearly doesn't know any of this, didn't live through the period, and didn't bother to ask anyone who did.
Result was this utterly absurd conclusion:
"Watkins wanted people to think about nuclear war in a time when people were still recovering from World War II and wanted to do anything but think about the consequences of the bomb that helped them win."
Wanted to do anything but think about it?
Boy, we were NOT ALLOWED to do anything but think about it. The scenes in the movie were exactly the same scenes we were REQUIRED to imagine all the time, to keep us permascared and justify permanent internal tyranny and permanent infinite budgets for the Pentagon. Just like now, except the currently required scenes are Beheadings and Anthrax Poisoning instead of Explosions and Radiation Poisoning.
The movie in question wasn't a horrible new set of images, it was just an unnecessarily crappy
repetition. Other moviemakers were repeating the official line much more smoothly and convincingly.
Labels: 20th century Dark Age