Monday, January 2, 2012

2011: A Year for Recaps

With the New Year® already in swing, the compulsion to nostalgize grows, and the beast must be fed. I'll refrain from boring you with a personal eulogy of all things tragic about the last year, but, I urge you to take the time and watch Charlie Brooker (the UK's answer to Jon Stewart) and his snarkey, sobering and always insightful commentary on the now-by-gone annum:

With a runtime of about an hour, you'll definitely want to make time for this clip, but it is well worth it. Not least of all was the glimpse into the events that the British obsessed over, but didn't show up on our news radar here in America. Perhaps most bizarre was the super-injunction scandal, which was tantamount to institutionalized press censorship.

Also of note: Brooker's commentary contains a mini-documentary by the brilliant filmmaker Adam Curtis on embattled publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch and his rise to power. Curtis' incisive, and award-winning, explorations of topics like the manipulation of public mind garnered much praised, but his works has not yet received too much attention in the states. If you have *more* time today, I recommend getting comfortable and watching The Century of the Self... you'll thank me for it.

And, I digress. Happy New Year to you all!

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