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Posted September 10, 2008
A Long, Hard Look into the Mirror
Richard Todd's interview on NPR was the reason I bought his book, and I am glad I did. This extended meditation on identity will make many of us uncomfortable. Todd is like the singer in the song who is 'killing us softly' with his amazingly apt observations. Whether we like it or not, much of who we are is shaped by the power of mass communication, and Todd will make you squirm as you realize that yes, others hate Disney World, and we would like to feel we are the only ones touring little towns in Italy. Oddly missing in his reflection, however, is a discussion of sports and steroids (Are we seeing authentic athletic performance) and computer graphics in modern film (the irony of finding a fake background, for example, while watching celluloid in a darkened room). Overall, Todd joins the discussion that begins The Great Gatsby when he repeats the question, 'Is personality (merely) a series of successful gestures?' This book is an excellent contribution to the discussion of truth and identity.
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Posted October 26, 2008
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