LIONEL PODCAST: (The Trite Con of the Contrite) vs. (The Quite Right Write Rite)

This is the most important documentary I’ve ever seen. Period. See it. Now. He’s the most courageous man on the planet. It’s one thing to throw your weight around in Cleveland. It’s another to stick your thumb in the eye of the Chinese government. And what’s his weapon? Twitter. Social media. Not the social media that produces such self-aggrandizing narcissistic pap like Facebook but Twitter. Imagine Tiananmen Square with Twitter. Imagine the first lynching by the Klan if caught and then uploaded. This is the most critical advance in human interpersonal communication and there’s Anthony Weiner sexting his. Then again, the earliest cave paintings were just graffiti I suppose. Do not forget this man. He’s a saint. And would be dead were it not for the very device that exposes the horrors of those who want him dead.

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Id.

And now the second most important voice of the twenty-first century. And I as well.

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