Saturday, April 24, 2004

Zinn and Chomsky's DVD Commentary for the Fellowship of the Ring

A taste:

"Chomsky: The film opens with Galadriel speaking. 'The world has changed,' she tells us, 'I can feel it in the water.' She's actually stealing a line from the non-human Treebeard. He says this to Merry and Pippin in The Two Towers, the novel. Already we can see who is going to be privileged by this narrative and who is not.

Zinn: Of course. 'The world has changed.' I would argue that the main thing one learns when one watches this film is that the world hasn't changed. Not at all.

Chomsky: We should examine carefully what's being established here in the prologue. For one, the point is clearly made that the 'master ring,' the so-called 'one ring to rule them all,' is actually a rather elaborate justification for preemptive war on Mordor.

. . .

"Zinn: You view the conflict as being primarily about pipe-weed, do you not?"

Very funny. Read it in full here. I found all this while reading another fake Chomsky thing via Instapundit. Enjoy.

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