We saw “Good Night, and Good Luck” last night -- a great movie. It could have been a play -- there are only three or four settings, a small cast and dialogue rather than action. The advantage of the movie is that you get the close-ups of people’s faces, especially Murrow, not a chatty guy but an extremely eloquent one. I first saw his famous summation in the McCarthy “See It Now” piece in journalism school and was again struck by what a brilliant writer Murrow was, how intelligently, clearly and elegantly he expressed complex ideas, as well as the truth of the ideas themselves.
It’s obviously tempting to substitute “Bush” for “the junior Senator from
I think the Murrow line from 1954 that’s most applicable to the current administration is his statement that McCarthy’s actions “have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies.” But at the same Wikipedia site, I also found these quotes about technology that are extremely relevant to the modern world of all-web-all-the-time, replete with Internet rumors, blogs galore and e-mails up the wazoo: “The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.” Also: “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”
And on the lighter side... Santa answers kid’s letters.