Thursday, Mar 4, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Andrew O'Hehir
Salon (3 March 2010)

“Save the dolphins! Save the corporate-slave cows! In the most political of Oscar categories, voters must choose… OK, Hollywood. It’s showdown time. Cows or dolphins? Bossy or Flipper? In the hero role: Gnarled one-time Sea World trainer, or book-learnin’ foodie intellectual? As the villain: Faceless, ginormous no-comment corporations, or bland, lying bureaucrats? The stakes? Well, they’re not all that high, to be truthful. The winner gets the entire world’s attention for exactly 30 seconds and gets to sell a bunch of DVDs. Beyond that, will anything change? That’s anybody’s guess.”

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