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the Year's Images

1996 has not been a banner year for memorable images. “OJ 2: The Wrath of Goldman” was removed from the fall TV lineup, political scandals were bereft of salacious visuals, and yet another Nintendo bombing raid on Iraq was preempted by Baywatch reruns. Even the “outing” of presidential adviser and hardened toe-sucking enthusiast Dick Morris failed to generate any dirty pictures. In the latter part of the year, we were left to watch two completely compromised politicians struggle half-heartedly to shove each other out of the ideological center. Indeed, the grinding banality of the 1996 presidential campaign had me wishing—somewhat more than usual—that some impossible leviathan would appear and hit the restart button on America.

My wish came true, albeit briefly, in the first third of the most blatant propaganda film since Forrest Gump—Independence Day. The image of our country’s major cities

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