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TheInternet, which has room for huge amounts of interactivity but mostly confined to correspondence with [[{{GIFT}} ill-informed people]], would thus be an example of a populace that prefers its Medium Cool. With lukewarm spots [[WikiTropes such as wikis]], like the one you may be editing now. The Situationists like Guy Debord would probably ask why [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife you are in here on the computer]] when you could be out forming a [[FlashMob flash-mob]] or impromptu theater, of course.

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TheInternet, which has room for huge amounts of interactivity but mostly confined to correspondence with [[{{GIFT}} [[InternetJerk ill-informed people]], would thus be an example of a populace that prefers its Medium Cool. With lukewarm spots [[WikiTropes such as wikis]], like the one you may be editing now. The Situationists like Guy Debord would probably ask why [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife you are in here on the computer]] when you could be out forming a [[FlashMob flash-mob]] or impromptu theater, of course.


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''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed film from TheSixties about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. Released in 1969, It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor seven years]]. It's notable as one of the few films directed by prolific cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who's also credited with the cinematography and the screenplay).

It's also famous for a simple reason: it's just about the only {{Mockumentary}} fictional film ever to be deliberately shot and filmed '''''during''''' the course of a historical event: [[TheSixties The 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention]] and police riot, during and after the assassination of FolkHero Robert F. Kennedy which [[FromBadToWorse preceded it]].

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''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed 1969 American film from TheSixties about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. Released in 1969, It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor seven years]]. It's notable as one of the few films directed by prolific cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who's also credited with the cinematography and the screenplay).

It takes place in Chicago in [[TheSixties the summer of 1968]]. The film stars a young cameraman who is basically TheLastDJ within his news organization, struggling to get the word out about what's actually going on in the streets. Fans of media criticism will note that the subsequent [[GovernmentConspiracy whitewashing]] of his reports is largely accurate. When we meet him, he's apolitical and driven, [[{{Cowboy}} with his own code,]] seeing the role of the journalist as a quest to "capture" the moment on film as it really happened. As he accidentally gets to know some of his subjects, CharacterDevelopment ensues.

It's also famous for a simple reason: it's just about the only {{Mockumentary}} fictional film ever to be deliberately shot and filmed '''''during''''' the course of a historical event: [[TheSixties The 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention]] Convention and police riot, during and after the assassination of FolkHero Robert F. Kennedy UsefulNotes/RobertFKennedy which [[FromBadToWorse preceded it]].



The film stars a young cameraman who is basically TheLastDJ within his news organization, struggling to get the word out about what's actually going on in the streets. Fans of media criticism will note that the subsequent [[GovernmentConspiracy whitewashing]] of his reports is largely accurate. When we meet him, he's apolitical and driven, [[{{Cowboy}} with his own code,]] seeing the role of the journalist as a quest to "capture" the moment on film as it really happened. As he accidentally gets to know some of his subjects, CharacterDevelopment ensues.

Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that summer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.

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The film stars a young cameraman who is basically TheLastDJ within his news organization, struggling to get the word out about what's actually going on in the streets. Fans of media criticism will note that the subsequent [[GovernmentConspiracy whitewashing]] of his reports is largely accurate. When we meet him, he's apolitical and driven, [[{{Cowboy}} with his own code,]] seeing the role of the journalist as a quest to "capture" the moment on film as it really happened. As he accidentally gets to know some of his subjects, CharacterDevelopment ensues.

Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that summer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.


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''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. Released in 1969, It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor seven years]]. It's notable as one of the few films directed by prolific cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who's also credited with the cinematography and the screenplay).

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''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] TheSixties about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. Released in 1969, It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor seven years]]. It's notable as one of the few films directed by prolific cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who's also credited with the cinematography and the screenplay).


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* {{Hipster}}s: The protagonists visit a (real, of course) psychedelic rave,\\
[[SnarkBait very dry-ly]] scored to Frank Zappa's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywPan19kvyI Who Needs The Peace Corps]]:

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* {{Hipster}}s: The protagonists visit a (real, of course) psychedelic rave,\\
[[SnarkBait
rave, very dry-ly]] dry-ly scored to Frank Zappa's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywPan19kvyI Who Needs The Peace Corps]]:


Robert Forster stars as John. Verna Bloom, who stars as Eileen, appeared as Mrs. Wormer ten years later in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.

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Robert Forster Creator/RobertForster stars as John. Verna Bloom, who stars as Eileen, appeared as Mrs. Wormer ten years later in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.



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* {{Cameo}}[=/=]ActorAllusion: The guitarist who is the "Indian of the group" in the rave scene is [[Music/MichaelNesmith Mike Nesmith]] of Music/TheMonkees.


* NotNamedInTheOpeningCredits: None of the actors are listed in the opening credits, to make it feel more like a documentary than a narrative film.

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* NotNamedInTheOpeningCredits: None of the actors are listed in the opening credits, to make it feel more like a documentary than a narrative film.


* BookEnds: The film ends with John and his sound man taking pictures of a fatal car crash on the highway, and not calling for an ambulance until after they've gotten all the pictures they want. It ends with John crashing his car into a tree, injuring himself and killing Eileen, while tourists in another car drive by and take pictures.

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* BookEnds: The film ends starts with John and his sound man taking pictures of a fatal car crash on the highway, and not calling for an ambulance until after they've gotten all the pictures they want. It ends with John crashing his car into a tree, injuring himself and killing Eileen, while tourists in another car drive by and take pictures.


''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor ten years]].

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''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. Released in 1969, It predated the film ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor ten years]].
seven years]]. It's notable as one of the few films directed by prolific cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who's also credited with the cinematography and the screenplay).



However, after both MLK and RFK [[ChandlersLaw got shot]] during the course of initial filming, director Haskell Wesker had made friends in [[OnlySaneMan Fred Hampton]]'s Chicago Black Panther Party during the course of making the film (one of the scenes is an interview with the Panthers basically playing themselves). They informed him that a massive demonstration was underway for the summer of '68 and Wesker decided to center the climax of his film ''[[RealitySubtext around that]]''.

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However, after both MLK and RFK [[ChandlersLaw got shot]] during the course of initial filming, director Haskell Wesker Wexler had made friends in [[OnlySaneMan Fred Hampton]]'s Chicago Black Panther Party during the course of making the film (one of the scenes is an interview with the Panthers basically playing themselves). They informed him that a massive demonstration was underway for the summer of '68 and Wesker Wexler decided to center the climax of his film ''[[RealitySubtext around that]]''.



The film was written and directed by Haskell Wexler. Robert Forster stars as John. Verna Bloom, who stars as Eileen, appeared as Mrs. Wormer ten years later in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.

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The film was written and directed by Haskell Wexler. Robert Forster stars as John. Verna Bloom, who stars as Eileen, appeared as Mrs. Wormer ten years later in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.


A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.

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The film was written and directed by Haskell Wexler. Robert Forster stars as John. Verna Bloom, who stars as Eileen, appeared as Mrs. Wormer ten years later in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. A young Creator/PeterBoyle, already bald, appears briefly as the manager of a gun range that caters to women.

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