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In the fall of 2000, I taught an adult education class entitled Philosophy on Film, where we discussed The Matrix, American Beauty, Ground Hog Day, Network, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Gattaca, and Crimes and Misdemeanors.
The Network lecture from October 11, 2000, is presented here. It was recorded on a cassette player, so the sound quality is not great. But I thought it worth sharing anyway. There are some abrupt transitions in the last thirty minutes especially, due to the fact that I edited out questions from the audience. I have tapes of all the classes, but the one on Fight Club is unlistenable.
I have some brief remarks on Network here.
See also Jef Costello’s classic essay “Mad as Hell: How Broadway Ruined Network.”
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