Saturday, November 17, 2007

Something We Both Have

A friend sent me this. She's in Tehran. The subject of her email was "Something we both have"

I don't get it. Someone want to explain it to me?


Naj said...




Naj said...

Servant, I am not sure I understand what you mean by "it is wired to blog here"

I like what you have to say, and I hope you will write about "your" ideas irrespective of which audience is reading them.

The common denominator of this team is: Anti-war, anti-capitalist, humorous!

I think teh world will have a chance if we focus on these three :)

nunya said...


RickB said...
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RickB said...

Actually this is a still from the early pre-production work for Abel Gance's 1927 production of 'Napoleon'.

{“It is not widely known that for several years French cinema was dominated by the belief that monkeys photographed better as human than human actors (cf. chipmunks employed as ‘Shirley Temple’), they were also thought more expressive which suited silent cinema's over emphasised emotional performances. Sadly the monkey and the philosophy died in the great monkey riot of Paris 1925. Subsequently even 'Planet of the Apes' used humans in monkey make-up as the dangers of primate violence proved too risky for completion bond insurance contracts. However it is rumoured the concept of monkeys photographing well /possessing telegenic charisma and appealing to a mass (if unintelligent) audience might have been employed in other arenas. Edward Bernays, Freud’s nephew and a man widely credited with inventing the modern concept of public relations and marketing was heard to remark at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (where he was instrumental in making extreme capitalist ‘free’ markets synonymous with freedom & democracy, [Democracity] a popular fiction still enjoyed today by stupid people everywhere, thankfully) that-

“the monkey could one day replace dreary human politicians. A simian’s obedience could be better relied on than the capricious fancies of public figures and result in better control of the process for the essential elements that maintain actual rule of a nation. As a rule one only needs to fool a third of the electorate to ensure victory and who doesn’t love a monkey in a comical outfit?”

What contemporary areas of culture such primate interlopers could be deployed into is as yet unexplored but for them to be successful an audience would need to be of sufficient size and low intellect to make it a workable proposition.”}
Rove, K. (1978, p174-175) Early French Cinema & The Monkey Question 3rd Edn. Houston: University of Texas Press.

Anok said...

Monkeys posing as leaders.

I like it!