Last night I stayed up way too late watching a movie on TCM that I had heard from multiple sources was interesting and relevant for today: Elia Kazan’s “Face in the Crowd“.
It was a bit oversimplified (a lot to get through in the span of two hours), and Andy Griffith did a fine job, although I found him a bit grating during the parts where you’re still supposed to like him.
But the movie holds up for its portrayal of the public buying a persona, not the person (ala any presidential candidate), and how the public still happily consumes marketing pablum (like, say, the Snuggie). And how often the powerful have contempt for the masses.
There’s more than a few things to digest here, but the parable is clear.
Worth a watch.