“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

In 1976, a film titled “Network” had Peter Finch in the role of a fictional television anchor. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the story and the words spoken by Finch, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Finch played a character named Howard Beale. The fictional Beale was about to lose his job because of poor ratings when he galvanized viewers by encouraging them to go to their windows and shout out what has become the famous declaration. His demagogic appeal had Beale prospering for awhile, but his career and his life came to a bad end. Some claim that what was a fictional exaggeration in 1976 to make a point has now become reality. Listeners and viewers love their demagogues. Just watch and listen…on second thought, don’t.

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