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Ben Ellis

Ben Ellis

  • This is extremely interesting. The struggle will be, as is hinted at in yhe article, a balance between consumers knowledge of these characters as fake and their willingness to identify with these characters. The most surprising thing will probably be that the characters level self awarness as fictional

    This is extremely interesting. The struggle will be, as is hinted at in yhe article, a balance between consumers knowledge of these characters as fake and their willingness to identify with these characters. The most surprising thing will probably be that the characters level self awarness as fictional characters will actually raise their level of "authenticity " with consumers. As if somehow their knowledge of their own fiction will make them more real. This article further depicts our cultures willingness to buy into fake celebrities and idolize that witch has no substance.

  • All people are flawed. The flaws of leaders that rise to the level of the American presidency are magnified in so many ways, especially now with the advent of social media. While a call for making note of 41's flaws is appropriate at some point this seems to be more than a little over the top. The affect

    All people are flawed. The flaws of leaders that rise to the level of the American presidency are magnified in so many ways, especially now with the advent of social media. While a call for making note of 41's flaws is appropriate at some point this seems to be more than a little over the top. The affect of this article is to view all of 41's presidency through the lens of his failings. No president's legacy would survive such an analysis, no persons legacy would survive such treatment. The article seems to be more cynical than 41 appeared to be, even through the lens of his so called primary flaw. The guy's dead, he wasn't this best president, but this srticle was unnecessary and borders on a posthumous characer assaination.

  • I think the process has a lot of warrant, he stepped out of his general sphere of i fluence to have meaningful interactions with the other side of the conversatoon. It is difficult thing to do. As he hinted at, many of us have our built in biases and we dont want to let those go. I think is equally true

    I think the process has a lot of warrant, he stepped out of his general sphere of i fluence to have meaningful interactions with the other side of the conversatoon. It is difficult thing to do. As he hinted at, many of us have our built in biases and we dont want to let those go. I think is equally true is that listening to some one else, even sympathizing with someone else is not the same as agreeing with that person. Part of the picture i think we see painted in the article is that many of the values we hold on both sides of the political (and maybe cultural) aisle as more alike than we think. Our conversation might need to focus on how we instill those values in our culture at large rather than demonizing the otherside for not holding our exact values.

    As to whether a conservative woild take on the same project, maybe maybe not, but does it really matter? If what he claims is true do we really need a conservative to confirm what a self proclaimed liberal discovered? Or can we just step into trying to address the issue.