Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What Happened, Guys?!?...

Today Michael Moore released his latest documentary, Slacker Uprising, a slightly more straightforward look at his 2004 tour around the country to inspire young people to get out and vote for change. He distributed this political Wild West Comedy Show on the internet: encouraging fans and foes alike to view his work for free with the message that he wants to level the playing field. The news media, who had their lips firmly planted on Bush's butt for years can come into homes for free while they eat their Tostitos and go about their normal lives, but in order to hear another point of view (Moore's or otherwise), they have to get a sitter, drive a bunch of miles, and pay close to twenty dollars for a ticket in. Not anymore.

Moore pumps his audience up so much-- whether its the crowded stadiums or halls or those sitting at home at their desks or on couches-- that you really believe there can be a positive outcome at the end, despite having lived the past four years in the actual, opposite hell. It's hard not to get caught up in the idealistic, hopeful, down-right determined faces on-screen, and it's even harder to know that as much as you're rooting for them or identifying with them, there is nothing you can do. All you can do while screening Slacker Uprising is wonder what happened to all that passion and fire. It makes sense to wallow for a bit after the tumultuous events of November 2 2004 unfolded, but it is almost like now that it is four years later, and there is no chance of Bush's regime remaining in office, so it seems like that drive for change has whittled away. It's almost as if everyone assumes they can breathe a sigh of relief because nothing could possibly be as bad as it's been... but everyone also assumed nothing like September 11th could ever occur either. Moore picked the perfect time to release this movie then because it is just what we need to stir the pot again and get us riled up enough to fight just as long and hard for change as we did in 2004-- even if we may be getting a late start.

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