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cartea de marti e de fapt filmul de miercuri: the network, 1976, scris de nenea paddy chayefsky, premiat cu 4 oscaruri-asta ca sa nu credeti ca va pun sa va uitati, doamne fereste, la un film de arta coreean.

the network prezinta viziunea-distopica la acel moment-in care televiziunea inhata de ceafa realitatea, o lobotomizeaza, ii face operatii consecutive de marire de buze, tzatze si solduri si-o scoate pe ecran, cu-o pana-n fund si-un zambet roz pe fatza vulgar machiata.

dar chiar si asa, the network nu reuseste nici macar sa se apropie de ce se intampla acum la antena 3, realitatea sau romania tv. pentru ca domnului chayefsky i-a lipsit imaginatia din care sa iasa gadea si ciutacu si badea, nici chiar el nu a putut sa creeze distopia perfecta in care niciun profet nu iti intinde mana si te trage afara din rahatul care invadeaza tubul catodic.

noi nu avem un howard beale sau un max, suntem aparati de niste glume cu demnitatea coloana sprijinita-n pix doar pina cind corporatia le plasteste excursia in noua zeelanda, cumparandu-le tacerea.

mai jos, de facut pofta de film, trei bucati de la prorocu howard beale, sufletul lui the network, vandut si ucis intru vesnica victorie a televiziunii.

Howard Beale: You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here, you’re beginning to believe that the tube is reality and your own lives are unreal. You do. Why, whatever the tube tells you: you dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even think like the tube. This is mass madness, you maniacs. In God’s name, you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion. Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park.

Howard Beale: Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube. This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation; this tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers; this tube is the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people, and that’s why woe is us that Edward George Ruddy died. Because this company is now in the hands of CCA, the Communications Corporation of America; there’s a new chairman of the board, a man called Frank Hackett, sitting in Mr. Ruddy’s office on the twentieth floor. And when the 12th largest company in the world controls the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network?

Howard Beale: …I want you to get mad. I don’t want you to protest, I don’t want you to riot, I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression, the inflation, the Russians, or the crime in the streets. All I know is that first… You’ve got to get mad

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