Stewart Lee ; My Week in Media

By Usborne, Simon | The Independent (London, England), July 3, 2007 | Go to article overview
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Stewart Lee ; My Week in Media

Usborne, Simon, The Independent (London, England)

Last week I watched...

I've been glued to BBC News 24, because the floods engulfed my wife's home town of Gloucester, and lapped at the fields surrounding my mother's Worcestershire village. Without News 24, I'd feel thoroughly disconnected. The best bit was when the RSPCA blokes crossed a flooded road with a dinghy full of rescued chickens, and were really downbeat and philosophical about it, in the way West Country folk are. There should be a film about them. It was great watching, minute by minute, as Gordon Brown tried to take control of the situation, and avoid making Bush-style gaffes.

Last week I read...

I've been working through a huge backlog of Civil War Marvel Trade Paperbacks. It's a multi-issue, cross-title epic in which Iron Man decides that all superheroes have to register their real IDs with Washington, or get put in a Guantanamo-style camp, which Iron Man's own company is paid by the government to build.

It reminds me of Sixties Marvel comics, when there was real social commentary going on. It seems that the only place that American popular culture can discuss its current crisis is in comic books and science fiction.

Last week I listened to.

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