Libraries will save us all once again! We’ve got this, fascism, and more on our minds in today’s roundup. Behold, your Daily Blunt!
With the terms of what constitutes “news” or even “facts” ever more in question, most Americans are comfortable depending on public libraries to help guide them toward reliable sources. A new study cited by the Pew Research Center reports that at least seventy-eight percent of adults believe their local library can steer them toward information that is “trustworthy and reliable.” In fact, the public’s growing fear of being bamboozled by “fake news” may actually be working in our libraries’ favor, as “about six-in-ten adults (sixty-one percent) say they would be helped at least somewhat in making decisions if they got training on how to find trustworthy information online.” Chances are, your local librarian will be able to help you with that very objective.
Since WWII, America has a proud tradition of anti-fascism, but you’d never know that from the panicky media coverage that has revolved around the presence of antifa protesters, who have been congregating wherever the alt-right is scheduled to congregate. Malcolm Harris, author of Hachette’s upcoming Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, has written a breakdown of why the media consistently misunderstands (and as a result, misreports) antifa activity, explaining why all of President Trump’s blame-assigning shouldn’t deter anyone from supporting the real-time fight against fascism: “They will always find their bogeymen on the left,” he writes, “whether that’s college professors, the (irrelevant) New Black Panthers, or a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C.”
Once upon a time, DC Comics hoped that its big “Justice League” movie would be accomplished with the help of George Miller, but those plans were scrapped for various well-documented reasons. What hasn’t been widely reported, however, is that Miller’s version was intended to set up an epic battle between Wonder Woman and Superman – and unlike Batman, who ended up fighting the man of steel last summer, Wonder Woman has super strength that actually makes her a qualified match for her fellow fish-out-of-water. Quick, someone commission The Flash to race around the world backward fast enough to let us pursue this timeline instead!
Times and tastes may change, but John Carpenter’s 1995 film “In the Mouth of Madness” remains the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, and Nerdist’s Kyle Anderson is ready to fight anyone who claims otherwise. Sure, some of the special effects are ridiculous, and the soundtrack hasn’t aged well; all that is beside the point, in terms of capturing Lovecraft’s particular brand of lunacy. “What truly matters — what makes the movie great — is how it depicts madness,” writes Anderson, with some excellent screencaps of Sam Neill at his brooding best to sell you on a late-night screening in the near future.