If you’re going to present yourself as having superior film expertise, then make sure you get the films correct. “Citizen Kane” (1941) was made a decade before the Korean War (1950–1953). “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) references the brainwashed assassin concept. I’m quite familiar with “The Candidate” and “Elmer Gantry,” but chose to omit them. “They Live” has little to with fake news. As for feeling “sorry” for my students, you have little idea of what goes down in my classes, which include texts from Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Neil Postman, and many other contemporary media theorists, all of which are included in the third edition of my text anthology “Media Environments” (Cognella Books 2019). If anyone is lacking in substantive education on this topic, it is you — just another internet dude mouthing off about stuff of which you are incorrect or have limited or near zero knowledge (as with regard to my class). But that’s another reason for how we get presidents like Trump.

Theorist of big spaces and big ideas. Writer and mixed-media artist. Existentialist w/o the angst. PhD: Univ of Texas at Austin.

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