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TV show unable to find Arizonans to support racial profiling

The show What Would You Do? went to Arizona and planted actors in restaurants to act out this scenario: an off-duty security guard asks a Hispanic man for identification. In every instance, the other people at the restaurant came to the defense of the Hispanic man.

Over the course of the two-day shoot, with five shoots each day, we never once encountered someone who defended the security guard’s point of view. It did not matter if the scenario was a man alone, a man with a family, or two men, each time we got the same reaction: People crossed racial lines to help and defend each other from unjust profiling.

From Daily Intel.

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How to identify a crock of shit

A memo from Dave Mamet to the writers of The Unit.

HERE ARE THE DANGER SIGNALS. ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.

ANY TIME ANY CHARACTER IS SAYING TO ANOTHER “AS YOU KNOW”, THAT IS, TELLING ANOTHER CHARACTER WHAT YOU, THE WRITER, NEED THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.

DO NOT WRITE A CROCK OF SHIT. WRITE A RIPPING THREE, FOUR, SEVEN MINUTE SCENE WHICH MOVES THE STORY ALONG, AND YOU CAN, VERY SOON, BUY A HOUSE IN BEL AIR AND HIRE SOMEONE TO LIVE THERE FOR YOU.

Via Kottke

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