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.


Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognise the worth and dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.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



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.