Dinner with Barack
Is this sweepstakes contest of the American presidency an example of our commercialization of just about everything? Can you imagine your own political candidates doing such a thing? Or is this just being honest that the highest office in the land is really for sale?
You might say, well there’s no purchase required to enter the sweepstakes. Look closer. You have to give your email address and zip code. That’s all the reelection committee needs to barrage you with fundraising appeals.
Can Tokyo learn from the American political ‘matsuri’?
Japan’s politics are as Machiavellian as anyone else’s behind closed doors, but their public campaigns are demure compared to the United States — and many in Tokyo are aghast at the negative campaign tactics used on the road to the White House.
The idea that whoever won the 2008 Democratic nomination would make history was exciting for the Japanese. This time around, most people see the current field of Republican hopefuls as a noisy blur, an only-in-America phenomenon — or a “matsuri,” as one woman described it, in reference to Japan’s colorful, oft-chaotic outdoor festivals.
Edward R. Murrow narrates this CBS Special Report on the plight of the American migrant worker. The film was shown in prime time the day after Thanksgiving 1960.
Art imitating life or life imitating art? American culture is a form of myth-making as illustrated in “The Battle Over Citizen Kane.” Orson Welles redefined William Randolph Hearst in reputation and image as the result of his film, “Citizen Kane.” But Hearst managed to sully Welles’ reputation in the process.