Thought for the day

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." -- Carl Sagan, 1995, apparently having invented a time machine



Despite $90m being spent and a release date being planned for the end of this year, this week Hollywood was rattled when Warner Bros announced that the highly- anticipated Batgirl film - planned for HBO Max - was being shelved. 

Batgirl, a 'woke', big-budget film featuring a female version of the iconic superhero, was branded 'irredeemable', despite being completely finished.

Feedback at test screenings was so awful that it was canned, making it perhaps the most expensive film ever made that will never see the light of day, although it's by no means the only big budget production never to make it on to screens.