Yesterday I was experimenting with posting video in the comments section of an earlier entry, and for no particular reason chose the “Mad As Hell” scene from classic movie “Network”. It was just the first thing that randomly came to mind when I went to Youtube to find a short video suitable for the test — any video, it could have been a music video, it could have been a Simon’s Cat video, but for no particular reason “Howard Beale Mad As Hell” was what I typed in the Youtube search field.
I’ve always thought Network was one of the best goddamn movies ever made. At the time it was considered extremely dark satire, so controversial that screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky had trouble shopping it around. But who would ever have imagined the words intoned by the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves…:
… would still resonate more than ever decades later — 35 years, for those keeping track.
And just as presciently, from the same movie:
Occupy Wall Street, meddling with the Primal Forces of Nature?