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Narratology • Between roman a clef and invented narrative on urban politics (NY, others) or politics in general • Bildungsroman in context of “careers fall apart” • Dominant fable or counter-fable? • Struggle between conflicting narratives Political Junkies • Calhoun as example • Young, idealistic, hard-working, ambitious • Involved in campaign, usually for the reform candidate against the party establishment • From campaign to executive assistants to politicians (mentor/protégé relationship) • Then run for office (e.g. Stephen Harper) Dominant or Counter Fable? • Negative on politicians: corrupt, self-seeking (Yes Minister (80s), The Candidate (1971), All the President’s Men (1976), Wag the Dog (1997) • Idealistic view of politicians (The West Wing, 1999-2006) • Tragic view of politicians: City Hall (1996), Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995) Erikson’s model • intimacy versus isolation: Calhoun • Generativity versus stagnation: Calhoun, Stern • Three views of generativity: Erikson (caring for next generation), Pappas-Calhoun (caring in politics), Enron traders • Integrity versus despair: Stern, Pappas, Anselmo (?) City Hall as product • Critics liked various scenes and performances, but overall reactions less favourable • Political film or investigative thriller? (truthfulness or truthiness?) • Cost approximately $40 million, grossed approximately $33 million Startup.com 1. Give a comprehensive explanation for the failure of gOVWORKS.COM, looking at such factors as strategy, leadership, execution, marketing, competition, etc. 2. Startup.com is an example of direct (fly-on-the-wall) cinema. What entrepreneurial and aesthetic problems did its creators (Jehane Noujaim, Chris Hegedus) have to solve in terms of conception and implementation and how did they solve them?
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