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Andy Zilch

Not having seen the movie, but played the demo on my PS3 I feel fully qualified to comment on this :) (in fact I got the synopsis of Wall-E immediately from that demo).

I completely agree with your comment that it's art; art is based on observations of society. We can recognize how close to home it comes and see the challenge in it or be threatend and call it propoganda. TNR seems to have chosen the latter.

I do think it's dangerous to consider either The National Review or The New Republic as a picture of the majority. Both are so far to the right that their claim of Liberal propoganda is like a meteorologist standing on the sun saying Earth isn't warming, it's actually quite cold.

John Hawbaker

While there are certainly messages in Wall-E warning us about consumerism and protecting the environment, they aren't the heart of the movie. It's really a love story. Calling Wall-E an animated version of An Inconvenient Truth is like saying Signs was propaganda about the threat of an extraterrestrial attack.

Bob

You're both right, of course. I think the real lesson here is how both magazines, on the far right and left, chose to use art to market themselves.

The next oldest profession after art was using art to gin up controversy and attention to your alternative beliefs.

If there wasn't a Robert Maplethorpe, would there be Jerry Falwell?

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