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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

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1) Hiaasen says that we need sleaze in our lives — that it provides a moral compass. Disney is so savagely clean, they eliminate all hints of sleaze. Is this good or bad?

2) Hiaasen says Disney is scary because they're trying to improve upon nature. They create a fantasy and want to convince people to choose their fantasy over reality. Is this good or bad?

3) Frank Rich, in the New York Times, says that it's dangerous that Disney controls so much — they can use ABC News to cover the opening of a new theme park, further blurring the distinction between news and entertainment. What makes this so dangerous?

4) Do you know that, in Florida, Disney is above the law? They have their own government, police force, and fire department. Hiaasen feels they get away with way too much because they control Florida's economy. Do you agree? Haw can this be stopped? Should it be stopped?

5) Children love Disney characters. Do you? What message is sent by these characters? Hiaasen feels Mickey Mouse has as much influence as Jesus Christ. Agree or disagree? Good or bad?

6) What did you think of the sit-com Ellen? Was ABC (Disney) right to cancel it?

7) There is a lot of bad news about Disney's new Animal Kingdom. Have you heard any of it? Is Disney able to control the news?

8) What do you think of the religious right boycotting Disney because of their support of homosexuals?

9) Would you want Disney coming into this town to "clean it up" the way they've cleaned up Times Square?

10) Would you want to live in Disney's mostly white, very safe town called Celebration? Do you think that such towns — with very specific idealistic and governmental goals — are good for America?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345422804
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
Corporate History - Strategies
Subject:
Walt Disney Company
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - Strategies
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Library of Contemporary Thought
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.28 in. .26 lbs.

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Product details 96 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345422804 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Who is more powerful — Disney or God? It's a tough call, but no one...has grappled with this spiritual question more hilariously than Carl Hiaasen."
"Review" by , "Comic novelist and investigative reporter Hiaasen combines his talents to dis Disney....Hiaasen urges resistance to the conglomerate's hijacking of American culture, leaving it to inspired readers to build a better mousetrap."
"Review" by , "[H]ilarious and venomous....Hiaasen, in addition to being one of our best popular novelists, is a longtime investigative reporter with the Miami Herald, and he details goings on [in this book] that would do the con men and sleazebags in his mysteries proud....If you've ever read one of Hiaasen's mysteries, you know he can be killingly funny (if you haven't read one, for God's sake, stop wasting time with this). Team Rodent is a swift, hilarious read....But the laughs shouldn't disguise that there is a serious and complex subject here, the same one addressed in the early X-Files episodes and The Truman Show: the ability of power to create its own reality....People do not want to believe that, because it's selling Mickey and Donald, an obscenely large conglomerate actually behaves like one. But has any company that has set its sights on transforming the way the world looks, and going about that master plan with autonomy, ever summed up its philosophy any more honestly than 'It's a Small World After All'? And isn't it about time to change the name of that tune to 'Mickey Über Alles'?"
"Review" by , "As summer looms and families plot their vacation destinations, Team Rodent serves as a timely warning to canny parents. The book is fascinating and darkly hilarious. Hiaasen chronicles Disney World's foibles with equal parts malicious glee and wincing lament. My sole complaint is that it's a tad too short; I could have devoured twice as many essays without feeling even half full. I had to pace myself toward the end, lest I finish too quickly." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by , "Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine-tuning God's work."

--from TEAM RODENT

TEAM RODENT

How Disney Devours America

"Revulsion is good. Revulsion is healthy. Each of us has limits, unarticulated boundaries of taste and tolerance, and sometimes we forget where they are. Peep Land is here to remind us; a fixed compass point by which we can govern our private behavior. Because being grossed out is essential to the human experience; without a perceived depravity, we'd have nothing against which to gauge the advance or decline of culture; our art, our music, our cinema, our books. Without sleaze, the yardstick shrinks at both ends. Team Rodent doesn't believe in sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion. Square in the middle is where it wants us all to be, dependable consumers with predictable attitudes. The message, never stated but avuncularly implied, is that America's values ought to reflect those of the Walt Disney Company, and not the other way around."

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