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The Vatican to Vegas

Norman Klein just sent me the introduction from his soon-to-be-published book: The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects. Norman is a professor of cultural studies at CalArts and the author of several well known books.

It sounds like a good read:

One can see what special effects are doing today to democracy. Or should I say when democracy operates like a game? Inside this game, the audience pretends to share authority with those in charge. But by the end-- like sex in the parlour while your parents are asleep, or like masturbation or solitaire-- no power really changes hands.

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