Monday, 21 February 2011

Concerning those elections and their consequences It seems impossible for a conservative to write anything about Wisconsin without noting, for their records, that elections have consequences. The original context of Obama’s statement, you’ll remember, is a conversation he had with Eric Cantor on his third day office. Having been handed a helpful list of deficit-reductions suggestions by the Representative, the newly minted President responded “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” At which point, as you well know, the Republican faithful graciously bowed out of public life and allowed the President to impose his will on the nation, which is why Guantanamo is now closed; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now over; single-payer healthcare is the law of the land; and the Caliphate is nearly installed. Because that’s how conservatives are using this phrase: “Union members of Wisconsin,” they say, “Scott Walker was elected, and elections have consequences, so quit bitching and go home. We won, and now we’re going to do whatever we want. You lost the right to complain when you lost.” The problem with their rhetoric is plain to anyone who noticed—which includes all those linked above—that the Tea Party held a counter-protest yesterday, i.e. the Tea Party exists precisely because they didn’t accept the very same logic they’re launching at the protesters. ”Elections have consequences” doesn’t mean, as they’re currently construing it, “Roll over and die.” It means what they thought it meant two years ago, which is that they’re in for a political fight. There is, of course, one more crucial difference: conservatives protested over fictional abuses of authority—czars, death panels, long-form birth certificates, etc.—whereas the protesters in Wisconsin are fighting against the bill as stated both by the person who drafted it and every conservative cheering on the union busting.
Scott Eric Kaufman's Visual Rhetoric Compendium (as of 11/28/2011) (For the record, many more [and all future] updates can be found here.) By request, below are the links to all of the visual rhetoric exegeses (a.k.a. McCloud or Bordwell-inspired "lecture notes") I've produced in the past few years. I would say I'm surprised there aren't more of them, but then I remember 1) how labor-intensive they are to compose and 2) the number of drafts I've deemed insufficient for public consumption that linger unfinished in assorted folders. So here goes: Films: Batman Begins (classic horror) - Christopher Nolan Blow-Up (I) - Michelangelo Antonioni Blow-Up (II)- Michelangelo Antonioni The Dark Knight (I) - Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight (II) - Christopher Nolan Fight Club - David Fincher Fight Club (II) - David Fincher Fight Club (III) - David Fincher Ghost World - Terry Zwigof Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - Hayao Miyazaki Superman - Richard Donner Superman Returns - Bryan Singer 30 Days of Night - David Slade Television Shows: Avatar: The Last Airbender - "The Ember Island Players" Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Hush" Doctor Who - "Time of Angels" Doctor Who - "Time of Angels" - Buckling the Frame Doctor Who - "The Eleventh Hour" Doctor Who - "The Pandorica Opens" Leverage - "The Van Gogh Job" Mad Men - "The Grown-Ups" Mad Men - "Shut the Door. Have a seat." Mad Men (I) - "The Rejected" Mad Men (II) - "The Rejected" Mad Men (I) - "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" Mad Men (II) - "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" Mad Men (I) - "The Suitcase" Mad Men (II) - "The Suitcase" The Walking Dead - "Days Gone Bye" Comics: American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang Blankets - Craig Thompson Fun Home - Alison Bechdel Ghost World - Daniel Clowes Kick-Ass (I) - Mark Millar Kick-Ass (II) - Mark Millar Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth - Warren Ellis 30 Days of Night - Steve Niles The Walking Dead (word-specific panels) The Walking Dead (picture-specific panels) - Robert Kirkman Watchmen (panel construction) (I) - Alan Moore Watchmen (panel construction) (II) - Alan Moore Watchmen (responsible film criticism) - Anthony Lane Watchmen (unfilmable film filmed) - Zak Snyder vs. Alan Moore Watchmen (students as murderers) - Alan Moore Watchmen (Dr. Manhattan as a figure of the reader) - Alan Moore Themes: On Poorly Executed Claustrophobia in Film and Television On Effectively Executed Claustrophobia in Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot

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