Archive for July 23rd, 2009

Whatever Works Doesn’t*

*Well, it kinda does, but we couldn’t resist.

WARNING: Plot spoilers contained in this post.

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Woody Allen’s Whatever Works brings him back to New York City and unites him with who may be a perfect partner-in-crime, Larry David. NPI’s amateur film critics, Tim and Josh, discuss whether it all, well, works.

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Are We Overreacting to the Henry Louis Gates Scandal?

The news tends to amplify single events, implying a general trend where none exists. This seems to be exactly what is happening in regard to the Henry Louis Gates situation. For those unfamiliar, Gates, a prominent black scholar, was arrested in Cambridge, MA, after he “broke into” his own home because the door was jammed shut. Already people are implying that this single instance has undone any racial progress Barack Obama made last year.

Looking at the details of the case, however, the situation reveals itself to be an unfortunate misunderstanding. Obviously, Gates should never have been arrested, but the Cambridge Police Department quickly dropped the charges and has since apologized. This doesn’t undo the wrong, but it suggests that the arrest was more the result of a misunderstanding than malice. This wasn’t exactly Martin Luther King, Jr. getting arrested in Birmingham. Continue reading

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