Rebellion is a symptom of something else that’s going on. As spectacle it is working hard to replicate the icon of Irish revolutionary memory, and the poor dialogue is not without its genius. Few of the conversations in the programme are geared towards deepening the viewer's understanding of the persons involved, but it is retelling (or revising) the history.
All those children set up for disappointment through the 70s, 80s, and 90s grew up into the digital age and were given the power of instant comment through the medium of the internet, and they have taken to it with gusto.
Universal suffrage, the trade union movement, and modern conceptions of human rights among other things have brought us – at least on paper – into a world where each of our voices has equal value, and where each of us are free to forge our own destinies. All of this freedom and potentiality and still … Continue reading Our Yearning for the Romance of Past Injustice
House of Cards season three has arrived on Netflix bringing the long wait to an end. Frank and Claire Underwood were brought to within a heartbeat from the presidency without a single vote being cast in their favour. Now in the third series the devilish Frank is in the Oval Office and the fight has … Continue reading Democracy Is So Overrated
Well there was a first! There was no vigil Mass for Christmas this year. It turns out that Scotland is now chronically short on priests and the local church was all locked up for the falling of this holy night. I rang and rang the number of the parish priest, but it wasn’t answered. I … Continue reading No Room at the Inn