Monday, August 23, 2010

Rod Serling: prophet


This is not a new world: It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace.

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Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognise the worth and dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.


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part 3

...back when television programmes had "writing" in them.



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3 comments:

Mark Scott Abeln said...

I've heard that in the old days, script writers were English majors. Nowadays, communications majors write the scripts.

Perhaps that shows a greater emphasis on the media itself rather than the content of the media. In other words, writers now tend to be navel-gazers.

Gregory said...

It really is true wat you see on MadMen - back in the '50s and '60s, everybody smoked ALL THE TIME!!

PCM said...

"The Obsolete Man" and others can be viewed on the CBS site (at least in the US).

I have the first three seasons on DVD, and while there are gems (my favorite is "The Midnight Sun", which you linked earlier -- the paintings were done in wax), they do vary in quality quite a bit. Some are quite absurd.