Sorkin is … not as popular as he once was, when he was still just the creative mind behind the much-loved “Sports Night” and “The West Wing.” People are, broadly, sick of his shtick. But he’s also, undoubtedly, more professionally successful than ever...
anotherpanacea: That's Sorkin in a nutshell: no one should ever figure anything out over time or be legitimately unsure. There's no earnest discovery. Everything has to be true and now and obvious to people of integrity. If life were that easy, democracy would be a damn fool system to adopt and our philosopher-kings would all be drawn from the ranks of successful scriptwriters.
"We're women." -Natalie
"We're women." -Dana
"You're women." -Dan
"I have to say, Danny, that in both their cases, there's considerable evidence to support that theory." -Casey
"We're in charge. We're women in charge. And we're keeping it together. That's what we do." -Dana
"That's what you do." -Casey
"That's right." -Dana
"Well we're men, and we're petrified. That's what we do." -Casey
Especially in this latest episode, the script is tight and meaty, the dialogue is crisp (with this program you must listen closely) and the narrative moves along at a good pace. They are good storytellers, these writers. The acting throughout is superb.
But that monologue that was linked? From the Newsroom? With Daniels on stage statistically lamenting the state of the U.S.? Holy shit, did I hate that. I thought it was going to make me break out in hives. It literally made me cringe. It reminded me of Limbaugh or Olbermann (and, while K.O. deserves gratitude for giving Rachel Maddow a boost, he's a just a blowhard and I don't like hearing him talk, either).
Also, what's with the "worst.generation.ever" bullshit? I don't really have a generation (I'm a GenX/Y cusp, married to another cusp) so maybe I'm just missing something, but... why? What on earth is the point of that?
The thing is, though Olbermann was a pretty typical activist liberal/progressive and those people actually love blogs, young people, the internet. KO posted on dailykos, read the blogs, posted on twitter, and so on.
Sunday night on The Newsroom, we learned several things. One of them is that Will McEvoy is absolutely no fun when he's stoned, even accidentally. The second is that not only Will, but at least one of the young tyros who work for him, like to get down with the acoustics at parties and jam out to old tunes by Jonathan Edwards, who made records aimed at people who thought Dan Fogelberg was too punk, and who will undoubtedly be starring on the next Time-Life infomercial collection, Hit Songs By Weenies.
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