While some see President Reagan as the man who won the cold war, others remember him as having changed the economy at home. Some might paint him as a kind of Scrooge, the character so well portrayed by Michael Caine (or, to keep in the Reagan Era, very un-Reagan-like actors Bill Murray or George C. Scott.) […]
Whatever happened in Iran Contra, that didn’t win the cold war. The Berlin Wall didn’t come down until after Reagan left office, but most of us knew that the fall of communism was just a matter of time. By the end of Reagan’s presidency, Perestroika, Glasnost, and sympathetic soviet characters in children’s cartoons showed us […]
Hong kong Nov. 6 “There was an extroardinary outburst of enthusiasm here today when a report came from Shanghai that the native city of Pekin [Beijing] had been captured by the Rebels.” The Washington Herald reports. “Rebel flags appeared everywhere.” The rebels also captured Zhenjiang, apparently peacefully. “There was no disorder.” And in Shanghai, a […]
On November 3, 1798 six men were beheaded in Cairo, on the orders of General Napoleon Bonaparte. They lost their heads only months after General Bonaparte landed “The Army of Egypt” to liberate the Egyptian people from the terror of the Mameluke Beys. Now, Napoleon was seen by many as the Mameluke. So, what happened since June?
Last time, we remembered the birth of a Homicidal Robot called The Terminator, a personification of the fears in nineteen eighties. Whether a metallic robot or an action hero, Arnold “Arnie” Schwarzenegger played characters with tough little sayings. Arnie could make a cliché cool, but it was all about getting straight to the point. While […]
Last time, we remembered when the early twentieth century was the future. While Bill Cosby represented everything that was good, Arnold (Arnie) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator represented everything we felt was oppressive about 1984.
As we said last time, in the mid 1980’s, we had big hopes for the future. The year 2015 would feature flying cars, hovering skateboards, inflating vests, and billboards of sharks that ate you. Ordinary kids would use terms from 3d design in their slang.
Last time, we reintroduced the “me” generation. We told you that one writer represented everything good about the eighties. And you asked us who that was. In the 1980s, everything was planned ahead. Before a film was made, they had a screenplay. So while Back to The Future didn’t hit the screens until 1985, many people already […]
In 1984 we had Ronald Reagan, the Tupperware Party, Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and Back to the Future. 27 years later we have Barrack Obama and the Tea Party, no Jobs, no Hope and no Future. Reagan is a man who defines an era. The 1980s were known as the “me” generation, a time when […]
“The word Palestinian conjures up images of a brutal armed gunman or a terrorist with no morality or regard for human life.” So says Nida Shoughry in “Dehumanizing the enemy in war coverage: Palestinians through the Israeli lens.”