June 4, 2009
Apparently, the Earth Is Only Pretty When It's Empty
I think the conversation about “The Earth Is Hiring” sensitized me to this point: Watching the trailer for Home, I couldn’t help but think, “Oh, I get it. The beautiful shots are the ones without humans.”
And then, later on, the rapid-fire cuts of cities are supposed to be emblems of corruption and destruction. Except, of course, dense cities are better for the planet than other living arrangements. (I mean, come on. Look at that.)
This is all to say: I’m tired of the old visual tropes. I want some pro-planet media made with a more Worldchanging sensibility. Hmm… I guess the challenge is that stirring tribal music goes better with fly-overs of blue whales than cutaways of city-wide gray-water systems.