Search results

  1. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    So Rex, You've obviously done a lot of reading. Are you going to spend two hours to watch the whole movie someday soon? (And what do you think of Spike Lee's movies in general?)
  2. Jun-Dai Bates

    Why do film scholars hate 80s movies...and is there something wrong with me...

    I think one of the problems that people have with films from the 80s is that the bad films from the period haven't been forgotten yet. In time, while some people might consider the 80s a weaker decade than others (or they might not), it won't stick out like a sore thumb. Incidentally, I was...
  3. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    I was not trying to be inflammatory. Nor do I feel I was trying to stack the deck. Without really pursuing the topic further, I would like to explain what my point was and what I was trying to do. I get the sense that people who feel that the film was racist, or that Mookie's actions were...
  4. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    Hmm. . . I don't know what it means, but I just realized that most of us are also in the S&S contest. We ought to have discussions like this for each film.
  5. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    heh. Thanks for getting my name right, Lew. As for the film. I need to see it again (saw it once about three years ago), but I do consider it one of the few rare great films from the 80s. Incidentally, it is the only Spike Lee film I've seen that I would consider great (having only seen...
  6. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    George, I think your definition of bias is a little off. People tend to connect with those that they share things in common with. People also tend to favor those people that they can connect with. This is the basis of what I am talking about. Biases are not opinions (extrapolations) about...
  7. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    Generally speaking, everyone exhibits some kind of in-group favoritism, which ends up being a form of racial prejudice/bias. Let's say I need to employ someone, and I hire a friend, or someone recommended by a friend. Or lets say I interview with a number of applicants, and I pick someone with...
  8. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    I'm pretty sure that he did not mean "scientifically proven." Very little is "scientifically proven" (which is a peculiar expression in its own right) in the realm of cultural anthropology (this is even more true than in other soft sciences like psychology). This does not reflect the validity of...
  9. Jun-Dai Bates

    ‘Do the Right Thing’ Discussion: Racist or About Racism?

    It would be a shame to close this thread, but keep in mind that this kind of discussion is necessary if we really want to get at the heart of the film. The film is controversial, and it is impossible to make much of the film without touching on controversial issues. That being said, I hope that...