Show Business: Prize Day at Global Village

If media hot and media cool have shrunk the world to the dimensions of Marshall McLuhan's global village, then last week's Academy Awards made a certain amount of sense. Hollywood's annual orgy of self-adulation was really the commencement exercises at good old Global Village High, complete with prizes, dull speeches, strained humor, amateurish entertainment—and one hell of a party afterward, for winners and losers alike. At least two things made this year's ceremony, silly as it always is, a little bit different: the most popular girl ended up winning none of the prizes,...

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