How my home movie became a MAGA hit — Living in the future present

For a glimpse of mid 1970’s America, especially California, you will find this a fascinating read. There is the benefit of seeing  a good old fashioned “home movie”, although a very highly sophisticated one, if you follow the link:

The spirit of 77 in Los Angeles

In the mid 1970s, I worked as an exchange teacher in a California high school. It was an exciting and formative year for me and my family. 1976 was the bicentenary of American independence, and signs and flags everywhere announced “Spirit of ’76”. There was a palpable feeling of optimism. The Vietnam war was over, […]

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10 thoughts on “How my home movie became a MAGA hit — Living in the future present

  1. The comments were amazing projections of the viewers, weren’t they? Each seemed to find the film supporting whatever idea they already had instead of trying to see the point of view John was expressing.

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    1. I think we all tend to read and see things in a way to suit our preconceived ideas. Had it had an “English voice”, to explain the content, as the competition organisers suggested then that would have negated the idea that John wanted for people to interpret it as they wished. (That is my own view – I have no idea what John thought!)

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    1. No. I happened across his blog via a comment on another blog. If I remember correctly, he’s had an interesting career in teaching and has always been interested in recording life through film.

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