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Porkins Policy Radio episode 178 Emma Redmond on Vox Lux

This week my sister Emma joined me to discuss Brady Corbet’s latest film Vox Lux, which tells the story of a young girl Celeste surviving a school shooting and becoming a pop star. We started by discussing the film itself and it’s interesting narrative structure. We also touched on some of the flaws in the film. We then moved onto the main plot points and themes in the film. Emma and I discussed the role that pop music plays in our lives and how trauma and tragedy connects to it. We touched on 9/11 which plays a role throughout the film. We talked about the emptiness that personifies a lot of pop music, and the toll that takes on Celeste throughout her life. Emma talked about the “character” that a pop star has to play in public and the absence of a private self. Later we discussed the lack of a message in the movie and why this is actually a good thing. We focused on the need for many audience members to be told exactly what to think when watching a film. We touched on the phenomenon of mass shootings which often times lacks a message or meaning. Emma and I also discussed the idea that this film takes place in an alternate reality where Celeste and the school shooting exists, thus altering the course of music history. We ended by breaking down the final reveal of the film.

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Drones over New York City very soon

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It is really no surprise that in the very near future New York City will have military style drones flying all over the place as the New York Post just reported.  Unfortunately New York has fast become one of the least free cities in the US when it comes to privacy and basic civil rights.  It is even less surprising that the Dear Leader of New York, Kim Jong Bloomberg, is so flippant about the whole affair.  Speaking on his weekly radio show the dictator of New York had these wonderful things to say about the prospect of the completion of the security state in New York City:

“You can’t keep the tides from coming in…”

Yes you can.  That is in effect why your are mayor.  To stop the tides of oppression and surveillance of the citizens of new York City.

“We’re going to have more visibility and less privacy. I just don’t see how you could stop that”

You could do your job and protect the good people of New York and not let drones monitor everything we do.

“It’s scary. What’s the difference if a drone is up in the air or on a building”

There isn’t much of a difference except that drones can be outfitted with missiles designed to obliterate people.  But at least he admits its scary.

“I mean, intellectually, I have trouble making a distinction. And you know you’re going to have face recognition software. People are working on that.”

Again really horrifying.

“The argument against using automation, it’s this craziness– oh, it’s big brother. Get used to it. When there’s a murder, a shooting, a robbery of something the first thing the police do is go to every single building in the neighborhood and say let’s see your security camera,”

With this statement the Dear Leader basically shows his true colors.  Stop whining about having no privacy and submit to the power of the security state.  This is all to help victims of murder, robbery, and shootings (presumably shootings of either cops or white people in New York)  These drones flying are not going to be for spying on Muslims or political dissidents such as those in the Occupy movement.  This is the classic “we are just doing this for your safety” excuse.  When the drones do come to New York, those pushing for them will assure us that all the proper oversight will be followed and no abuses will take place.  And of course if your not doing anything wrong then you don’t have anything to worry about.  Right?

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