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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our new era of identity politics

Our new era of identity politics
Go to to read the full commentary by Mandy Van Devin (click here).

Will we ever see the end of identity politics? In 2004, headlines heralded the end of race as we know it. Since Barack Obama was elected in the United States, much has been made of our new, supposedly post-racial society. But in recent years, we've also seen the rise of a new form of right-wing identity politics led by conservatives like Glenn Beck and neo-feminist Sarah Palin. The truth is -- as Beck's claims of "reverse racism," the vehemence of the birthers, and the continued movement against gay marriage prove -- the politics of identity are still as important as ever.
In "Who Are We – And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?" Guardian columnist Gary Younge argues that, instead of pretending that we're all the same, we should embrace the value of difference. As he looks at everything from the "wise Latina" backlash during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to "The American Directory of Certified Uncle Toms," a controversial book arguing that W.E.B. DuBois wasn’t sufficiently "black," Younge encourages readers to recognize the continuing importance of who we are in a rapidly globalized world. The dream of a uniform human race isn't plausible, he believes, or even ideal.

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Camageddon, Comic Con, LA production, Murdockgate, Awards Season Begins, Charlie Sheen has new show,

Even with the logistical concerns surrounding last weekend's closure of the 405 Freeway, overall local production around the Los Angeles area increased 14% last week compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest numbers from FilmL.A. Inc.
The agency had issued an alert weeks earlier that permits near the construction would be treated case -by case. With the hoopla surrounding "Carmageddon," most production activity during that weekend was clustered in the San Fernando Valley and downtown L.A.
Feature film production continued to be strong, climbing 23% for the week ending July 17. There were 146 production days last week compared with 119 days for the same week last year. (One production day is defined as a single crew's permission to film at a single location in a 24-hour period.)
According to FilmL.A.'s statistics, feature film production in L.A. was up 8% for all of 2010 compared to 2009. Midway through this month, feature film production numbers are slightly ahead of 2010's pace.
All of this entry comes from the LA Times Company Town blog (click here).

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