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Good entertainment, Bad history

Reader comment on item: "24" and Hollywood's Discovery of Radical Islam

Submitted by GG (United States), Jan 7, 2005 at 05:05

Hollywood makes good entertainment, and bad history. In fact, they don't even make much good entertainment. Sanitized versions of historical events, watered-down 'bad guys', and PC plots are the work of producers focused on 'focus groups'. This adds up to bland unrealistic plots hyped as realism. Rather than trying to remake last year's 'hits' they might try respecting the intelligence of the audience and take a few chances on more thoughtful fare... but there may not be a market for products aimed at thinking adults, there being so few of us around these days. (How generous of me to include present company!)

Too many get their world-view from what is put forward as money-making entertainment, and not from better-informed sources based on facts. Some facts are unpleasant, and require thinking about things in more than sound-bite sized chunks, and thinking is hard work. ("Ow...") ...

BTW, keep up the good work, DP!
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