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1 Scott Sumner September 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

50 best?!? Where is Lessons in Darkness? The Gate of Heavenly Peace? Deep Water?

2 Todd September 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Was surprised to not see Gates of Heaven on the documentary list.

And they chose Fahrenheit 9/11 over Roger and Me?

3 Claudia September 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

3. Roger & Me (1989)…my undergrad econ adviser at Denison who thankfully got me to read ALOT of non-mainstream economics (read: economic history, institutional economics, Marxism) had us watch this movie in class. I actually don’t remember much about it, but I associate it with the many, many things he taught me. So many good ones on the list I have heard of but not watched. Too bad it’s a bit busy at work.

4 Todd September 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Totally missed it on the list. Glad its there. Much much better than his bigger budget docs.

5 Anonymous September 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

1. Maybe if Fed members spent a few minutes reading this they would remember they have a DUAL mandate.

6 KenF September 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I think “Devil’s Playground” (2002) is a must-see documentary and it’s not on the list. Also someone on the NY Times comments mentions the 7 Up series, that’s a must see too.

7 Ted Craig September 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

The doc list is OK with a certain bias, but Truth Or Dare? And no Grey Gardens?

8 anonymous September 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm


Pariser is a technology geek and the former executive director of MoveOn, an online organization that has many virtues but is not distinguished for an intellectually nuanced understanding of the other side’s perspective.

Understatement ftw.

There’s an element of truth to the “filter bubble” meme, but the people pushing it hardest seem to be reactionaries pining for the “good old days” when traditional mainstream media bought ink by the barrel, policed public discourse and occasionally deigned to print a few letters-to-the-editor.

9 Richard W September 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Only one e in Faroe Islands.

10 yetanothertom September 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

RE: 1
I was unemployed out of college for a year and a half. Here’s how my observations line up with theirs.

1. Social capital is way more important than it used to be, especially for crappy jobs. Tons of people who could do the job equally well apply, though on paper some are more experienced or accomplished. Problem is, every employee has 10 people telling them they need a job, any job. The person who feels overqualified, yet bends down to take what they can get will get their ego bruised when the person who knew somebody gets hired. This happened to me at FedEx Kinkos multiple times.
2. Job listings are oddly specific compared to the past. x years of experience, knowledge of x obscure software, certification with a forklift for the modern equivalent of jobs my dad did out of high school.
3. There are less jobs than what appears on those websites, as a lot of low skill jobs are posted on a set schedule throughout the year as to easily replace people when they quit. (most aren’t quitting these days.)

11 CBBB September 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Social Capital – ie nepotism (what?! I thought it was supposed to be all about skills Tyler?)

Most of the rest of what you wrote is correct though, in fact I’ve found it’s MORE difficult to try and get a lower-tier job for the reason you state. My educational background with in math and CS and you would think, if you can;’t get a developer job try starting out as a low-level QA, but in fact those sorts of jobs just get swamped with applications and you’ll never hear anything back.

12 gelboak September 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I would put Battle of Chile, Parts 1-3 on the list.

13 Ed September 9, 2011 at 6:13 am

yetanothertom, I didn’t know about 3., so thanks. I did realize some time ago that the drag on investment returns would mean Boomers hanging on to their current jobs at all costs, removing the openings down the chain that would normally be filled by people in more recent generations.

On 2., one reason for the oddly specific job openings is that the employer knows who they want to hire for the opening from the start, but employment law mandates that the job is advertised, so the job is advertised in a way tailored so that only the insider is qualified.

14 CBBB September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

I would also add that Outsourcing overseas, while I don’t want to go all protectionist here, has shifted simpler jobs away – these simple jobs are exactly the type that younger people or new graduates would have done in the past. Saying that outsourcing allows the labour to be used in more complex tasks doesn’t help the new grad who needs experience starting with an entry level position.

15 Eddie September 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

From #1:

I get sick and tired of hearing “Were excepting applications” Are you Hiring yes or no??

‘Excepting’… And they wonder why they are unemployed…

16 fred September 10, 2011 at 6:41 am

#2. They list Catfish as #42? If you can’t spot that it’s staged then you have no business reviewing film.

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