There’s a couple of chuckles here, but is it possible that this has been overhyped?
Here in full is Alex Gibney’s fantastic documentary Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream
Salon: In one striking scene, a psychologist has put together an experiment involving an openly rigged game of Monopoly to look at why the ultra rich seem to be so unsympathetic and even hostile to those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder. In this game, one volunteer is arbitrarily assigned the role of the rich player and gets a number of unfair advantages – earning more money, using two dice to go around the board faster – that ensure the player will win. Despite the fact that the game is obviously rigged, rich players start displaying a palpable sense of entitlement, even gobbling up the majority of the strategically placed snacks and coming to believe that they deserve to win, as though their victory is due to innate intelligence and strategy rather than unfair rules that pre-determined the outcome from the start.
Click through to Salon for four more investigative documentaries of the week
Miloslav Druckmüller’s solar corona July 22, 2009
Shot by Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology, these amazing composite images capture the moon during a total solar eclipse revealing a vast solar corona. To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.
Did you know that in 1504 Christopher Columbus ripped off a bunch of Jamaican locals by pretending to cause an eclipse?
What a jerk.
Despite looking a bit like one of the things from the end of The Avengers, Patricia Piccinini’s Sky Whale is satisfactorily weird.
There’s more photos of it kicking around in some lovely Victorian landscape and an accompanying sentimental video.
Good work Patty Picci!
(I was put off hot air balloons ever since James Bond went German)