Or night two. Really productive day all around, at least. I had the chance to workshop my Capturing the Friedmans article with a few colleagues this afternoon, and they had some great suggestions about how to revise it for presentation and eventually for publication. One of my biggest struggles in writing a film paper is knowing how much background I’ll have to offer my audience members, and I’m guessing that with a relatively obscure film (approximately $2 million box office, as I recall), with such a large cast of characters, that some framing/backstory might be needed. Any suggestions on whether or not it would be appropriate to provide my audience members with a cast list or some other handout?
Was reading the most recent issue of Cineaste tonight while watching Monday Night Football when a Wendy’s commercial came on, advertising their new kids’ menu, complete with milk and mandarin oranges. And while there’s obviously no mention of Super Size Me in the publicity material, I have to think that Spurlock’s film might have something to do with Wendy’s decision. It’s also interesting that they’re not talking about the mandarin orange option in terms of health/obesity, but in terms of consumer choice. We see one commercial in which the annoying “unofficial” Wendy’s spokesperson talks to a kid about the fact that back in the day he didn’t get any choices about what came with his kid’s meal.
In other news, I’m glad to see that so many of my fellow bloggers are continuing to hold on during this last week before the election. Rusty offers his endoresments for the races in which he’ll be voting. Rusty adds that Georgia voters will be voting on two possible Amendments to the State Constitution. One of them would write discrimination into the constitution, by prohibiting gay marriage. Such an amendment could make it difficult for gay couples to share some privileges that hetero couples take for granted, including hospital visitation rights. If it wasn’t already clear, I am strongly opposed to this amendemnt.
While I don’t know as much about the second proposed amendment, Jen has the scoop on her blog. David has done a great job of providing further evidence of the Bush administration’s incompetence and arrogance. Meanwhile, Bitch Ph.D. passes along information that “people are getting calls telling them their polling site has changed, calls that are not true and are clearly designed to prevent people from voting” and provides a link to the very useful MyPollingSite.com.
Thankfully, tomorrow is a worskhop day for my students….