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Posted - 05/07/2007 :  20:37:40  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This month my Humanist group watched Who Killed the Electric Car for our movie night. This was the sort of film that totally had me - hook, line, and sinker. I got all jazzed-up about GM sabotaging the EV1 because it didn't like California's zero emissions mandate and fought the mandate by claiming that there wasn't enough of a market for EVs. I thought it was so horrible that this great vehicle was so maliciously crushed out of existence.

However, today I was poking around the Internet and found this review by Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief at It takes a more skeptical view of several of the claims in the film.

Now I'm not saying the film was total crap. But it was manipulative, and not all of its claims were nearly as cut-and-dry as they made it seem, and some conclusions seem to be entirely bs.

This really makes me want to give up watching these kind of films (political documentary). I mean, what's the point of watching something so blatantly biased? Does that really inform me more than it misinforms me? Do I have the time, intelligence, and discipline to really sort out the truth from the speculation and misleading info? I just don't know.

edited to fix links.

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Posted - 05/08/2007 :  01:34:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There can be two views of the same thing. I wouldn't stop watching. There is a rebuttal out there to the criticism of the film. I'll find it for you tomorrow. The bottom line is the people with the cars were willing to keep them and take on repairs/maintenance themselves. But the cars were repossessed and destroyed. The companies excuse for doing so didn't hold water. The lack of a market is one argument, taking the cars back and making an incredulous excuse is another.

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Posted - 05/08/2007 :  19:07:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by beskeptigal

There can be two views of the same thing. I wouldn't stop watching. There is a rebuttal out there to the criticism of the film. ...

Just two?

There are infinite shades of gray, and it gets even more fun if you allow colour too...

Of course, there are only two types of people in the world (insert your favourite qualifier here).

John's just this guy, you know.
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