This is a city that only has to talk about itself, and it speaks about the world.
So speaks the PBS series, “Independent Lens”, in Los Angeles Now. My TiVO picked it up, randomly. It features over two dozen Angelinos, from all over the city, including two of our favorite authors: Norman Klein (“A History Of Forgetting”) and Mike Davis (“City of Quartz”). And it covers so many of the concepts of layers – of history, of culture, of geography – that make up Los Angeles. It was about how there were so many new, competing myths in Los Angeles, layered over and drowning out the old Anglo-American culture of the mid-20th century. It was about how “individuals and groups construct their own Los Angeles out of the zones and areas that are meaningful to them,” a quote I think also applies well to Metroblogging. We create our own Los Angeles in our posts out of the everyday places and events that are meaningful to us on this blog.
There are no upcoming showings in the next two weeks on KCET or KOCE, but I’m sure PBS will run the special again. The official PBS page links to viewing times. And, if you know someone who is moving to L.A., you can buy them the DVD before they get here. I think that it did a wonderful job of showing the city as it is, the cultural mosaic rather than the melting pot.