From: James Cole (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jan 12 2009 - 19:23:03 PST
The most obvious example in literature probably being Delillo's Underworld,
which follows the (in reality lost) "Shot Heard Round the World" homerun
ball for about 60 years and sort of adheres to David's shit-happens
unpredictablity of the urban experience explination.
On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM, David Tetzlaff <email suppressed> wrote:
> Physical passing of people walking became a common transition device in
> 'ensemble' television dramas set in institutional contexts, starting with
> 'Hill Street Blues' and continuing through 'St. Elsewhere' and 'ER'.
> Multiple, parallel plot lines connect and switch without edits: the camera
> follows two characters walking down the hall, one drops a narratively
> unimportant clipboard off at a desk, the camera stays with the clipboard,
> another character picks it up, the camera follows him into another room
> where he interrupts a superior to ask a seemingly innocuous question. He
> leaves and the camera stays with the superior, who we realize in the midst
> of some crisis or other...
> I would say that this is generally a trope of the random-ness and
> 'shit-happens' unpredictability of the urban experience of what the
> Ehrenreichs refer to as the 'PMC' (professional-managerial class), but
> certainly could be used in other thematics...
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