Posts tagged Schadenfreude
Posts tagged Schadenfreude
As you may recall, the first two parts of the Atlas Shrugged movie adaptation were not exactly a huge success with audiences or with critics. Critics are not a problem, of course; they can be dismissed because they’re just part of the Liberal Media Establishment. And if audiences stayed away, well, that’s just because maybe they were simply not ready for the Important Message of an Ayn Rand movie — they’ll find it, they will, and it will change their lives.
But the epic must be finished, and unfortunately, not a lot of money rolled in from the first two outings to finance the third. Never mind what the free market said about the need for the third installment, there’s a goddamn Artistic Vision here that needs to be fulfilled. And so co-producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro have gone on Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to help produce part 3, Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? As the A.V. Club says, it’s just what they had to do in order to “propagate its titular character’s manifesto to ‘never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.’”
Gentlemen, I believe the free market already HAD something to say about your artistic vision, and none of it was positive.
My friend lost a $5 bet to me. I’m merciless.
There are some morose motherfuckers over at Fox News today. Drink up, kiddos, and quit your whining. It’s not like you don’t have job security for the next four years.
As an aside, can I just say how much I’m truly enjoying watching the wheels come off the wagon over at Daddy Rupert’s house? Really, it’s a thing of beauty.
And the Donald would know about wasting money, amirite?
Enjoy eating your own, GOP. Perhaps we’ll get some moderation in 2014.
I know, wishful thinking…
"The schadenfreude is so thick you can’t cut it with a chainsaw," wrote The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on Monday, defending Rupert Murdoch and the News Corporation. Well, yes, the schadenfreude is pretty darn thick…
Although I generally admire entrepreneurs who build giant companies, Rupert Murdoch, despite giving us Homer Simpson, generally has not been a force for good over the course of his long career. His Bill O’Reilly-ed, Glenn Beck-ed Fox News has done a great deal to coarsen the political discourse. His tabloids have lowered the standards of journalism on three continents — and routinely broken the law on at least one of them. He had dumbed down his prestige papers, like The Times of London. He has run roughshod over cross-ownership rules meant to prevent one man or company from having too much power — and then used his lobbying might to get those rules diluted. He has put kowtowing to China ahead of freedom of the press, even killing a book set to be published by his HarperCollins unit that the Chinese authorities objected to. He has consistently used his media properties to reward allies and punish enemies. It’s a long list.
Throughout his career, Murdoch has never just been satisfied with besting the competition, as most decent businessmen are. He’s not truly happy unless he has his foot on a competitor’s neck and is pressing it downward…
One feature of Murdoch’s career is that he’s never played by the rules that apply to other businessmen. That’s one reason I think he seems so shellshocked in those paparazzi photographs: unable in this dire circumstance to make his own rules, he simply doesn’t know how to react or what to do. On Tuesday, when he is excoriated in Parliament, it will be the first time he has ever truly been held to account. It undoubtedly won’t be fun for him. But there are many people who are going to take great glee in his misery — not unlike the way his newspapers have always taken such glee in the misery of others.