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You’ve presumably noticed by now that we have a new design. We also have an about page where you can learn many fascinating things about us, primarily via internet quiz results. We’ve also switched to a new host, so apologies if you ran into one of our bumps as we moved the site from our old host; hopefully most of them have been taken care of by now.

I was supposed to write about the movie Minority Report quite a while ago, but I never got around to it. I got the DVD from Netflix, but every time I had an opportunity to watch it I just didn’t want to spend the time. What really put me off the movie was the advertising. I mean, obviously Spielberg and co. play both sides, presenting horribly intrusive advertising as satire while collecting product-placement cash, so I found Minority Report’s satirical strength a little shaky to begin with. But this article—blecch. I’m disturbed by a lot of advertising right now and the future advertising on display in Minority Report is outright evil, so reading the creative director of the ads in the movie assuring me that advertisers will figure out how to make their ads so intrusive that I won’t be able to avoid them puts me right off wanting to watch the movie.

But I’m definitely not burned out on Mulholland Dr., especially the good discussion on Peiratikos and Motime Like the Present to respond to. Um, but not quite yet….

Actually, one thing. David Fiore, in the Motime post I linked to, makes a good point about the conspiracy in the second part of the movie. Diane’s world is a full of conspirators against her as Rita’s is; the difference is that Diane sees her conspirators everywhere and nobody ever sees Rita’s conspirators. And moreover, as David says, there is no “backstage” in Diane’s world—there’s nothing outside of Diane’s sphere of experience and influence.

Does that connect in interesting ways to my consideration of “obvious fakes” and “seamless forgeries”? Maybe, maybe not? Both conspiracies seem fantastic and implausible. Rita’s conspiracy seems more real, since it exists independently of observation (except for its own observation), but it is nevertheless the subjective invention of a dreaming mind.


  1. Shane says:

    Very nice work on the new design. Simple and elegant.

    — 16 August 2005 at 7:56 pm (Permalink)

  2. milos says:

    It is a nice design, but it’s just a matter of time before Steven and/or Rose is not-nice to someone again, so I’m never reading this blog ever again. Ever!!!

    — 17 August 2005 at 8:47 pm (Permalink)

  3. Shane says:

    So I overreacted, just like everyone else. Sue me.

    — 18 August 2005 at 9:52 am (Permalink)

  4. milo says:

    My lawyers will be in touch shortly.

    — 20 August 2005 at 3:56 pm (Permalink)

  5. Shane says:


    — 29 August 2005 at 1:58 am (Permalink)

  6. milo says:

    It took you more than a week to come up with that retort? Just for that, I’m never visiting this site or talking to my lawyers ever again!!!

    — 29 August 2005 at 5:55 pm (Permalink)