Saturday, March 25, 2006

"It's all about the information!"

Sneakers. I love this film. It's funny, smart and scenic (I also have a thing for watching movies based in and around San Francisco, even if the story is just so-so. Remember Sweet November? It's a crazy premise but that movie inspired me to take up knitting and well, the City is cool in it). Anyway...

One of my favorite lines from Sneakers: "It's all about the information!"

Ben Kingsley's character Cosmo to Robert Redford's Marty:

"There's a war out there, old friend, a world war.
And it's not about who's got the most bullets.
It's about who controls the information:
...what we see and hear, how we work, what we think.
It's all about the information."

The current war may seem to be about who gets dibs and control over oil or about spreading the US 'brand' of democracy and defending freedom, depending on who you ask. But it's also about the manipulation of information, how it is gathered & manufactured, the use of mis-information and who controls it now and in the future. There's so much information out there and at the same time so much that's not made public - who or what are we supposed to believe?

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