In our Birdman review, we look at the film’s treatment of women, discuss its take on consumerism and commodification, and ask if the film is anti-consumerist, anti-elite, anti-intellectual… or something else entirely. We examine the film’s ending, its quoting of Macbeth, and ask what the film has to say about the quest for attention and fame under capitalism.
Episode Reading List:
- Alexis mentioned the article “Attacking the Stream” by Sydette Harry (@BlackAmazon)
- Chepe talked about Frankfurt School critiques of mass culture, as in the essay The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (PDF here)
- Chepe talked a little about existentialism and ethics, best laid out in the succinct book Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir
Media you should check out:
- “Rollin at 5” by Kevin MacLeod