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John Morgan and Roman Bernard join Richard to discuss the film Network (1976), the formation of public opinion, the sign signifying nothing, the End of History, and how capitalism becomes its own critique.  


Network (1976)
R. Budd Dwyer
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Demographics of Nightly News
Demographics of Cable News
Terry Jones controversy
Terry Schiavo controversy
Jean Baudrillard, Simulation and Simulacrum
A cover of Lothrop Stoddard drawn by Alex Kurtagic
Spencer, The Howard Beale Theory of History
Glenn Beck highlights
Glenn Beck’s Washington rally: “Today America is turnign back to God!”
Howard Beale, “Mad As Hell” speech
Arthur Jenson, “The World is a Business” speech
Francis Fukuyama, The End of History
Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology
Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel
Paddy Chayefsky, “Not when a Jew does it to a Gentile.”
Olive Stone,Talk Radio(1988)
Mad Men, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke
Jacques Ellul,
Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes
Thomas Frank,
The Conquest of Cool_