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The Silver Lining: Moral Deliberations in Modern Cinema

By: Sam Vaknin, Ph. D.

...gy of Environmentalism XI. The Invention of Lying: Fact and Truth XII. Hostel: The American Hostel XIII. Inceptions and Its Errors XIV. Aliens „R ... ... cultivates a False Self of a jazz giant in the making and the author of the Great American Novel but he is neither and he bitterly knows it. Even ... ...most heart rending smile when embarrassed or endangered. He is a caricature of the American dream: ambitious, driven, winsome, well versed in the m... ...and are available to anyone with a computer. The last decade witnessed a spate of films, all concerned with the confusion between life and the imi... ...enious "Capitan Fracasse", "Capricorn One", "Sliver", "Wag the Dog" and many lesser films have all tried to tackle this (un)fortunate state of thing... ...or concocted) of the studio stars were brutally exploited and incorporated in their films. Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney all were for... ...t ambivalence, its surrealistic moral landscape and deteriorates into another banal comedy of situations. Return Dreamcatcher - The Myth of Destr... ...marries the girl of his dreams (who scorned him before). But, this clever piece of comedy is philosophically muddled. The denizens of this dystopia...

Moral deliberations and philosophical dimensions in thirteen modern films.

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Class Heroes: A Class Apart

By: Stephen Henning

... she tried to gauge what it was that Mrs Randerson aspired to. “You know how the Americans are with their children. They are like you – their childr... ... is to them. My friend who works for Fox keeps saying,” – Jasmin put on her best American accent – “‘Jazz, what the hell are you Brits playing at? W... ...ease stop,” said Sam, trying not to cry. James had made her watch several horror films with him, and each time it had given her nightmares. Now it f... ... and Soames left the room looking, thought Sam with amusement, like some kind of comedy double act. “Right,” said Dr Okocha when they had departed. ... ...at could happen to harm her if she approached Emma, 98 but a million horror films were conjured up in her head which told her to wait for Harde... ... Also, we need to get some white coats or something.” “What?” “Don’t you watch films? Put on a white coat in a hospital and you can go anywhere, d...

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The Power in You

By: Wally Amos

...f and move on. When I started in the cookie business the emphasis was on comedy. I intended to make people laugh. To make myself laugh. In order to... ... THE POWER IN YOU 120 there were twenty, three million native,bom, adult Americans who could neither read nor write. These millions were called "fu... ...e was involved in. He also made it a point of taking me to screenings of films, plays, and other activities. Howard's nourishment went a long way i... ...dia's independence. It was faith that helped Martin Luther King, Jr. open American so' ciety to people of all races, creed, and color. It was faith...

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The Ulysseans

By: Antonio Mercurio

...egata in 41 film” {Life as a work of art and life as a gift explained in 41 films}. 14 Human beings, with their sharpness and their intelligence, ... ...ate in 41 film”, {Life as a work of art and life as a gift explained in 41 films} Sophia University of Rome, 1995, and here slightly modified. 60 ... ...lopment of my reflections on the anthropic principle created by a group of American scientists. Anyone who would like to know more about the anthro... ...gata in 41 film” {Life as a Work of Art and Life as a Gift Explained in 41 Films}. I will be describing Cosmo-Art in Chapter XI of this book: “The ... ...the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in poetic form by Homer, and the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. We no longer know who created the single myths...

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And Gulliver Returns Book V : My Visit to Singaling

By: Lemuel Gulliver XVI

...st its role as the scientific and intellectual leader of the world. As an American I am greatly saddened, but as a citizen of the world and of the co... ...ed that the major medical researching country had had its tires shot out. American researchers and other medical leaders streamed into southeast Asia... ...ligent Barak Obama was not enough to keep all of the intelligentsia. The American depression had sapped its economy of the necessary funds for rese... ...ying to fill 200 television channels with 24/7 programs, open several new films a week, and sell as many recordings as you can-- you have to rely on ... ...me. “We wonder why your film producers insist on producing violent films when the research indicates that violence is not necessarily more po... ...eate excitement through car crashes and shooting or fighting than through comedy or lessons in ethics. Look at the most popular TV show ever. „Mash.... ...ually showed its absurdity, in a backdrop of humor. „The Cosby Show‟ used comedy to make positive points in ethics and child psychology. „All in the... ...ight be learned, we want to foster ethical behavior so we have no violent films. “We agree with your psychologist Bandura that much of childr...

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And Gulliver Returns Book VI : Our Psychological Motivations

By: Lemuel Gulliver XVI

...c system in the brain often takes priority over the logical section of the brain. This has an effect on our buying habits, our preferences for films ... ...‘t be surprised when young Germans tortured and killed for Hitler, when young Chinese and Cambodians killed for Mao or Pol Pot, or even young Americ... ... in the vitamin D producing sun, could add the A and D to their skim milk. They don‘t, but are finally thinking about it—sixty years after the Americ... ... sarcasm make everybody, but the object of the sarcasm, laugh—because they are all better than the goat of the joke. Power, power, power—from comedy... ...ental side, wartime British Prime Minister, historian and author Winston Churchill had a father who wrote of him ‗I have an idiot for a son.‘ Americ... ... And in spite of the strength with which they are held, both are rooted in non-provable assumptions!‖ -- ―And violence sure sells in films,... ...ke other harassing behavior, is one of the common behaviors of people with inferiority feelings.‖ —―You have to admit that violence in films,... ...r society. And we keep out of our media the Hollywood emphasis on violence for entertainment. Our media writers must be clever enough to write comedy...

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The Path of Splitness

By: Indrek Pringi

...ticles: a living organic cell. This is why galaxies exist as faint, cellular films of energy on the outer perimeters of huge, empty inter-galactic ... ...h. Science supports this unspoken assumption. It portrays animals in Nature films as savage-violent killing-murdering things… acting in insane fren... ...aten alive. Therefore they prey on the deep human fear of dying to sell their films by focusing upon violent gruesome aberrations. The one-side... ...ew lions? When there were millions of grazing animals? Why didn’t the North American natives colonize the land where millions of bison lived? It ... ...hapter Three: Summary of Hominid-Human development 205 The earliest North American cultures invented bone-tools and flint tools by themselves. B... ...plitting with crude stones as the first form of stone technology. After North American humans began splitting Mammoth-bones: did they start evolving... ...000 years to Rome… It comes from Ancient Roman Culture. Where the height of comedy and entertainment was one Roman fool… beating another Roman foo... ...h emotionally by poisoning the meaning of what is said. Turning tragedy into comedy, and comedy into tragedy. False humor is an emotional lie. The... ...r own lives or their own problems. Because if they did… if they did not go to comedy houses or watch sitcoms… they might actually stand up and do so...

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The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

By: James Boyle

...s? Even the ones they claim to have been dictated by gods or aliens? Even if American copyright law requires “an author,” presumably a human one? 9 Ca... ...r the films of the Second World War, or footage on the daily lives of African-Americans during segregation, or the music of the Great Depression, or th... ...hey were successful. 36 As Yochai Benkler puts it, Alice Randall, an African American woman, was ordered by a government official not to publish her cr... ...x the law in this area. When the case of Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films came up, they thought they had what they wanted. The band NWA had u... ...d. To appropriate a phrase from Carol Rose, open source teaches us about the comedy of the commons, a way of arranging markets and production that we,... ... at http:// www.law.duke.edu/cspd/pdf/cspdproposal.pdf, and Access to Orphan Films: Submission to the Copyright Office—March 2005, available at http://... ...e Action (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), and Carol Rose, “The Comedy of the Commons: Custom, Com- merce, and Inherently Public Property... ...k: New York University Press, 2001). 22. Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films, 410 F .3d 792, 804n16 (6th Cir. 2005). 23. Walter Benjamin, “The W... ...ia Law Library Music Plagiarism Project. See Copyright Infringement Project. comedy of the commons. See commons, comedy of the. U.S. Commerce Departme...

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Cyclopedia of Economics

By: Sam Vaknin

...gs: http://philosophos.tripod.com The Silver Lining – Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Films http://samvak.tripod.com/film.html Download free anthol... ...de and supersede one's moral obligations towards non- affiliated humans. Thus, an American's moral obligation to safeguard the lives of American f... ...igation to save the lives of innocent civilians, however numerous, if they are not Americans. The larger the number of positive self-definitions I ... ...ical Islamists are now advocating the mass slaughter of Westerners, particularly of Americans and Israelis, regardless of age, gender, and alleged c... ...ved the inedible parts as trophies. These lurid deeds inspired a slew of books and films, most notably The Silence of the Lambs with Hannibal (Lect... ...estructible entity. The artifacts of popular culture - thrillers, action and sci-fi films, video games, computer viruses - assume that all organisms... ...t ambivalence, its surrealistic moral landscape and deteriorates into another banal comedy of situations. Internet, Metaphors of Four metaphors c...

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Cyclopedia of Philosophy

By: Sam Vaknin

...gs: http://philosophos.tripod.com The Silver Lining – Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Films http://samvak.tripod.com/film.html Download free anthol... ...de and supersede one's moral obligations towards non- affiliated humans. Thus, an American's moral obligation to safeguard the lives of American f... ...igation to save the lives of innocent civilians, however numerous, if they are not Americans. The larger the number of positive self-definitions I ... ...ical Islamists are now advocating the mass slaughter of Westerners, particularly of Americans and Israelis, regardless of age, gender, and alleged c... ...ved the inedible parts as trophies. These lurid deeds inspired a slew of books and films, most notably The Silence of the Lambs with Hannibal (Lect... ...estructible entity. The artifacts of popular culture - thrillers, action and sci-fi films, video games, computer viruses - assume that all organisms... ...t ambivalence, its surrealistic moral landscape and deteriorates into another banal comedy of situations. Internet, Metaphors of Four metaphors c...

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Hypotheses on Ulysses

By: Antonio Mercurio

...egata in 41 film” {Life as a Work of Art and Life as a Gift Explored in 41 Films}, Published by the Sophia University of Rome, (S.U.R.) Rome, 1995).... ...dge but not after truth. For this reason, Dante Alighieri, in his “Divine Comedy”, condemns Ulysses to the inferno, after having him die at sea dur... ...is. When, in October of 1994, a bullet killed the little seven-year-old American Nicholas Green while he was traveling with his family in Italy, ... ...iegata in 41 film”{Life as a Work of Art and Life as a Gift explained in 41 films} , Published by Sophia University of Rome, (S.U.R.) Rome, 1995). W... ... time or from any time after them. This is what Dante did in his “Divine Comedy”, where with absolute liberty he mixed historical fact with imagin... ... first to assert this, and not long ago, Harold Bloom, one of the greatest American literary critics, said this in his most recently published book ... ...gata in 41 film”, {Life as a Work of Art and Life as a Gift Explored in 41 Films} , (Published by the Sophia University of Rome (S.U.R.), Rome, 1995)...

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A Tramp Abroad

By: Mark Twain

...ves of foreign lands were very numerous. They hailed from every corner of the globe—for instruction is cheap in Heidelberg, and so is living, too. The... ... Go”ttingen, to fight with a Go”ttingen expert; if he is victorious, he will be invited to other colleges, or those colleges will send their experts t... ...only with the white corps, while we were their guests, and keep aloof from the caps of the other colors. Once I wished to examine some of the swords, ... ...of another corps, the white caps, without meaning any offense, would have observed the etiquette of their order and ignored our presence. [How strange... ...Her gown was of a soft white silky stuff that clung to her round young figure like a fish’s skin, and it was rippled over with the gracefulest little ... ...pation has busied him with death and funerals all the week, it will rest him to go to the theater Sunday night and put in two or three hours laugh- in... ...eeping, insectlike, up its surface, with their heels projecting over the thinnest kind of nothingness, thickened up a little with a few wandering shre... ... terracelike projections— a stairway for the gods; at its head spring several lofty storm- 205 A Tramp Abroad scarred towers, one after another, with...

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

...ors. Billboards with crimson god- desses nine feet tall advertising cinema films, pipe to- bacco, and talcum powder. The old “mansions” along Ninth St... ...lin Avenue & 3d St., N.E Zenith Omar Gribble, Esq., 376 North American Building, Zenith. Dear Mr. Gribble: Your letter of the twentieth t... ...ompson, the old-fashioned, lean Yankee, rugged, traditional, stage type of American business man, and Babbitt, the plump, smooth, efficient, up-to-the... ...uch amused by the antiquated provincialism as any proper Englishman by any American. He knew himself to be of a breeding altogether more esthetic and ... ...ow very, very much earth and rock there was in it. He liked three kinds of films: pretty bathing girls with bare legs; policemen or cowboys and an ind... ...lankly beautiful, suspiciously beautiful young men; outlining the plots of films about pure prostitutes and kind-hearted train-robbers; and giving dir... ...d with me, old man, and I’ll show you a good time!” They went to a musical comedy and nudged each other 212 Babbitt at the matrimonial jokes and the ... ... for the two doctors were exactly like the bearded physicians in a musical comedy, both of them rubbing their hands and looking foolishly sagacious. D...

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One of Our Conquerors

By: George Meredith

... He thanked heaven to his wife often, that he had nothing to do with North American or South American mines and pastures or with South Africa and, gol... ...and in- structed Germans not deviously march; whom acute and ad- venturous Americans, with half a cock of the eye in passing, compassionately outstrip... ...nt of commercial matters: rivalries of Banks; Foreign and Municipal Loans, American Rails, and Argen- tine; new Companies of wholesome appearance or s... ...panese erudites. Delphica, with each of the rivals in turn, is very pretty Comedy. She is aware that M. Falarique is her most redoubtable adversary, b... ...e to work in the direction of the casuistries and the sensational webs and films. Facing Victor, it was a block. But the thought came: how could she m... ...and contemptuously, to be- come in the active, while it is exacted of hero Comedy of Clowns!—that in the passive she be a rockfortress impreg- nable, ...

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What Is Man and Other Essays of Mark Twain

By: Mark Twain

...rotestant; Ameri can—ditto; Spaniard, Frenchman, Irishman, Italian, South American—Roman Catholic; Russian—Greek Catholic; T urk—Mohammedan; and so o... ...ns, the Russians, the Germans, the French, the English, the Spaniards, the Americans, the South Americans, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Hindus, the ... ...ow remember why. After that we made the English pegs fence in European and American history as well as English, and that answered very well. English a... ...They gavel me, these stale and overworked stage direc tions, these carbon films that got burnt out long ago and cannot now carry any faintest thread ... ...st authority, Mr. Grant White) several of the plays had been written. ‘The Comedy of Errors’ in 1589, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ in 1589, ‘T wo Gentlemen ...

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Main Street

By: Sinclair Lewis

...c, young; drinking the air as she longed to drink life. The eternal aching comedy of expectant youth. It is Carol Milford, fleeing for an hour from Bl... ...; and a rebellious girl is the spirit of that bewildered empire called the American Middlewest. II Blodgett College is on the edge of Minneapolis. It ... ...u recipes for curry, voyages to the Solomon Isles, theoso- phy with modern American improvements, treatises upon success in the real-estate business. ... ...t I’ve seen an awful lot of towns—one time I went to Atlantic City for the American Medical Association meet- ing, and I spent practically a week in N... ...rints of bad and famous pictures, shelves of phonograph records and camera films, wooden toys, and in the midst an anxious small woman sitting in a pa... ...re a blurry theater-audience before which she self-consciously enacted the comedy of being the Clever Little Bride of Doc Kennicott: “These-here celeb... ...nutes Carol kept it up. She asserted that she was going to stage a musical comedy, that she pre- ferred cafe parfait to beefsteak, that she hoped Dr. ...

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Actions and Reactions

By: Rudyard Kipling

...ve a good time in her. You were—” “Well, I discovered I was too much of an American to be content to be a rich man’s son. You aren’t blaming me for th... ...riage!” Sophie exclaimed, a little awed; for to them the joke, which to an American means work, was only just beginning. “If it’s took in a proper spi... ...as his present keen interest. They set off to look at it, and the imported American scraper which had blighted the none too sunny soul of “Skim” Winsh... ...eling. The pits of gloom about us begin to fill with very faintly luminous films—wreathing and uneasy shapes. One forms itself into a globe of pale fl... ...ation till such time as the A. B. C. should annex them. For side-splitting comedy we would refer our readers to the cor- respondence between the Board...

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