Archive for March, 2009

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March 30, 2009

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Bill O’Reilly

March 30, 2009

Firstly, the documentary was a real eye opener to the conservative biased expressed by Fox news.  I am disgusted at how manipulative Fox news can be.  From their slogans of: “We report, you decide,” or “Fox News: Fair and Balanced,” to them cutting off interviews or manipulating words of others to misrepresent them.  I also wanted to do a little more research on this O’Reilly character.  Here’s a website that openly expressed contempt for O’Reilly.   

There are also great t-shirts:   
Lastly, I never knew about the ridiculous John Kerry-Frenchman strategy that conservatives used during the Bush/Kerry elections.  Great frenchman picture of Kerry:

More Bill O’Reilly

March 30, 2009

After watching the “OutFoxed” documentary last Thursday in class, I was curious about Bill O’Reilly.  He seems like an interesting character, and he is definitely one that caught a lot of the heat and flack in the documentary against Fox News.  I found an article on AOL about his recent feud with actor Sean Penn.  O’Reilly refuses to see any of Penn’s films because of Penn’s extremely leftist views differing greatly from his own.  The article also talks about O’Reillys other feuds with celebrities such as the Boss Bruce Springsteen and George Clooney.  Another particular beef that I found interesting was his issue with rappers Young Jeezy and Jay-Z over their recent song and performance of “My President is Black” during Obama’s inauguration week.  O’Reilly is quoted in the article saying that his “key beef with outspoken celebs is that they often rattle off their feelings, but never give others the opportunity to question or retort,” which is ironic in a way after watching O’Reilly’s interview with the guy whose father was killed in the 9/11 attacks.  O’Reilly also says that his issue or problem is not just with celebrities on the left, but that “if there was somebody screaming right-wing stuff, we’d do the same thing.”   


Response to Foxxed DVD.

March 29, 2009

I must first say that i am troubled that one class got to watch Blade Runner, a truly awesome movie, and we were left to watch the Fox News documentary.  All joking aside i had a few thoughts about the Fox doc.  First and foremost, i think all documentaries must be watched and interpreted at an arms length.  Like commercials documentaries have and agenda and are trying to prove something or convince their viewers through the content of their film.  This film reminded me a lot of the Michael Moore films that we discuss in class.  Yes, they can be entertaining but we should not take this documentary for the truth, the same way we don’t take the Moore documentaries as the absolute truth.  The documentary was somewhat hypecritical because one of their main arguments was fox news’ use of framing to disguise their “obvious right wing bias”.  Okay, yes it is common knowledge that Fox News has a conservative connotation but was the documentary not framed?  Was the documentary not framed in a way to make these emotions even stronger against Fox News?  I did enjoy the documentary but i would love to watch it a second time and check the claims that they were making to get the full picutre.  Next, this documentary only provided one side, the side against Fox News.  For a documentary to be truly successfull it needs to tell the whole story.  It needs to explain and provide commentary from both parties.  This documentary never gave individuals from fox news the rightful chance to explain their mission statement, or the foundation by which they operate.  It did show clips of high ranking Fox News personel but again these clips were strategic in nature and, more than likely, taken out of context to demonize Fox News further defend the intended message of the film.
In conclusion my only point is this, its never as good as it seems and its never as bad as it seems, its always somewhere in between.  Therefore, the other news stations are not as unbiased and pure as the documentary makes them out to be.  At the same time fox news is not as evil as the documentary made it out to be.  The truth lies somewhere between the two and a clear impartial point of view should be taken when assessing the documentary.

Blade Running

March 27, 2009

Despite Blade Runner’s near-canonical status among urbanists as a harbinger of the shape of things to come, this is really the first time that I’ve tried to think about whether the film merits such status.  I often find myself having what I think of ‘Blade Runner moments‘ in various locales, but upon further reflection, these moments merely involve either (a) disembodied machine-voices in sleek, glass-and-steel settings, or (b) moody, ‘future-noir’-ish combinations of mist, rain, and neon.  Below, some examples of (a):

Actually, there’re a few seconds of (b) thrown in there, too.

‘Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a waiiiillllll….’

March 27, 2009


Check out this article from yesterday’s Times on the new shantytowns born of the current economic crisis.  And here I was, getting all romantic about ‘DIY spaces‘…

Breaking News: Berkeley to Open World’s First Center for Study of Right-Wing Movements

March 26, 2009

Hey, we’re trendsetters or something.

Scheduled to open in the fall, the new center, which Lawrence Rosenthal will oversee, is affiliated with Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change. “Part of the motivation is that it is an understudied area,” Mr. Rosenthal said. … Lee Edwards, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and the author of “The Conservative Revolution,” said that while more scholars had devoted attention to the right wing over the past decade or so, it was still a relatively neglected topic. (The New York Times, 26 March 2009)

Sprawling in Spite of Ourselves

March 25, 2009

23sprawl_span.jpgUrbanistas!  Here’s an interesting follow-up to the first research brief assignment (though I thought I’d posted this somewhere before):  Richard Florida agrees with the Christopher Leinberger piece I linked to earlier that sees sprawl as unsustainable after the collapse of the housing bubble (check out the interactive map links in the Florida piece!).  Ironically, however, Michael Cooper reports that ‘The [Obama] administration’s desire to change the way the country thinks about development, and to wean it from its dependency on foreign oil, is clashing with its need to spend stimulus money as fast as possible’.

Here is the video link

March 24, 2009

Pope’s Controversial Comments

March 24, 2009

I know we have briefly talked about the Catholic church and their role in the new possible right movement, and this video is just another example of the Pope advocating for more conservative view points. His comments were in late last December, but I didn’t see this video on the blog, and I thought it was worth sharing.


In this video he discusses how homosexuality can hurt society and it is the their job to save the human race from homosexuality… he even equates homosexuality to the environmental problems of today…

Embedded video from CNN Video