Re: A Boring Movie

From: Patrick Wilken (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 17:09:35 MST

> >What right has Hollywood to dramatically re-write a Nobel Prize
>>winner's life so that it appeals better to those in the midwest?

From: Brian D Williams

>Hey, that's pretty good!
>You managed to peg both my "stereotype" and my "bigot" meters, and
>I had the scale set to LOG...


Perhaps you should tune your meter. Its good to see this discussion
immediately heading towards an ad hominem attack. Do you really think
I am a bigot? I am not really sure what you mean by "bigot" in this
context. If I am going to be insulted it would be good to have a
clear idea of the insult.

Anyway do you really think that there are no regional differences in
values across America? I was referring specifically to the removal of
Nash's bisexuality from the film. Personally I think this is in
general less likely offend audiences in either SF, LA or NY, as
compared to Oklahoma City, but I could be wrong. As a data point
check out:

In general I would expect the greatest tolerance to come from those
in mixed urban environments, but perhaps I am wrong.

I certainly DO NOT believe that most people from the midwest (or
anywhere else) are particularly homophobic, and if I implied this I
certainly apologize.

best, patrick

Patrick Wilken  
Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, Caltech
Editor:        PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness
Board Member:      The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness           

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