Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Diversion into Country Noir

"Country noir carves out a space for the small, the local, the defiant and the defeated. That losing side of the American mythology that walks out of the shining city on a hill spitting and reaching for a flask."

The age of the example works referenced in this essay by Court Merrigan as foundational to the "country noir" style remind us that as long as there has been an American Dream, there has been those the dream fails. And that, for all our technological progress, the prevailing social patterns of humans haven't really changed much over the last couple hundred years. The ragged fringes appear to be growing these days. Political and corporate power ever consolidating. But when has it not been that way? Our increased communications have exposed the best of us and enabled the worst of us, but we are a long way from the Dark Ages. Though sometimes is does seem we are headed in that direction again.

A current-day, real-life echo can be found in this Radio Lab summary of a series of On the Media podcasts about America's poverty myths.

These pair nicely with a previously referenced post pondering cyber-dystopia.

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