Get your Ron Burgunday on right now, fat face!
Originally released on Wednesday, December 18. About 2 minutes
long (what else on you doing on Friday anyway).
Here’s our writeup:
As Anchorman 2, the long-awaited sequel to
2004’s Anchorman: The Legend
of Ron Burgundy, hits theaters, it’s worth pointing
out Will Ferrell’s fake newscaster is not just wildly entertaining
but hugely instructive in our media-soaked age.
Here are three reasons why Anchorman
2 is already the most important movie of the
1. It Foregrounds Media Cliches and Pat
When Ron Burgundy and team create ridiculous, over-the-top news
features such as “Rip the Lid Off
It!,” it’s impossible to ever take a special report or
interruption for breaking news uncritically ever again.
2. It (de)humanizes the Production of
By calling attention to the actual production process of “news”
often-considerable limitations of the people who make
media, the Anchorman franchise underscores that
news is invented, not discovered.
3. It Eviscerates the Media’a Hero Complex
Far more than critically acclaimed critiques such
as Network, Anchorman brilliantly
lampoons the self-importance and deranged
egos of media stars.
For these reasons and more – and especially at a time when even
venerable media outlets such as 60 Minutes is
correspondents for inaccurate reports and
up to power – Anchorman 2 and its
predecessor should be required viewing for everyone who takes media
About two minutes. Produced by Todd Krainin. Written and hosted
by Nick Gillespie.
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Related video: The Newsroom’s Will
McAvoy vs. Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy.
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/20/replay-3-reasons-anchorman-2-is-the-most