The filmmaker Werner Herzog is the kind of guy who says “talk shows are going to kill us,” which is kind of an anti-populist mindset that I can’t totally buy into, because at talk shows only really exist because people want them to (i.e. watch them), and while you can make lots of arguments for how society has taught people to want things that are bad for them, it’s no longer true that people don’t have access to an alternative. At this point, with the stratification of culture across television, radio, cinema, and the internet, you really don’t have to buy into anything if you don’t want to, and I think that the “shoot your television” crowd are on the losing end of philosophical relevance. THAT BEING SAID, Werner Herzog is a winner, and in the late ’70s he told his friend Errol Morris that if he ever finished his film (which turned into the great Gates of Heaven), he would eat his shoe. And he did. And documentarian Les Blank made a film about it. And watch it.
“I have survived so many Kentucky Fried Chicken so it won’t do harm to me,” indeed.