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  • There are three kinds of people who see movies at the theatre: left aisle people, centre aisle people, and right aisle people. The left aisle people are rowdy -- usually teeny-boppers. They throw popcorn and always laugh the loudest and the hardest, even though they see the least of the movie. The right aisle people sit quietly and attentively, laugh only when it’s appropriate, and will discuss “the film” intellectually the entire drive home. The centre aisle people stare blankly at the screen, their bodies inert, and will forget the movie five minutes after seeing it, unless there happened to be a particularly attractive specimen of the human species with a prominent role. And so you have the radicals, the moderates and the conservatives as you would in the political arena. Perhaps the machinations of politics come from English theatres of old? As all the world’s a stage for the politicians, their plays often made off screen. How will we understand ourselves and our leaders, once our theatres are gone?
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