Friday, August 28, 2009

A Rabbitty Version Of His Masterpiece.

As a big fan of Richard Adams's novel 'Watership Down' I was thrilled to discover it had been made into a movie. However as I sat down to watch it I was horrified to discover that the director had seen fit to cram the film adaptation with dozens and dozens of rabbits!

Okay not really. But my complaint makes about as much sense as Johann Hari's shock at finding out that the cinematic version of Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" is "garbled to the point of meaninglessness".

"The Shock Doctrine" has been recognised as dishonest, dumb and deluded by critics not only on the right but also on the sane wing of the left. What the hell do you think is going to be produced when it is based on the works of a woman so stupid that she manages to defeat her own argument before anyone else even has a go? Citizen Kane?

It's vaguely distasteful to see Hari praising an exceptionally dishonest and ignorant hack, it's like watching someone masturbate over a photograph of themselves.


JuliaM said...

"'s like watching someone masturbate over a photograph of themselves. "

No doubt. But not sure how that's any different from any other Hari column!

Oh, and you'll be pleased to know that Bea Campbell is pontificating on child protection issues yet again.

Hope the mods don't get RSI with all that deletion they are having to do... :)

Ross said...

I saw her column, as soon as the story broke it was obvious that dozens of lazy hacks would be looking for a way to hang their hobby horse on it.