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The term sounds very “internet” but actually hyperlink movies do not have any real hyperlinks in them. ‘Hyperlink cinema’ was coined by Alissa Quart in her review of the movie Happy Endings and also used by Roger Ebert in his review of the movie Syriana. Although it isn’t strictly defined, one of the common elements of hyperlink movies are the presence of multiple storylines within one movie that either intertwine with each other, or have a common theme. The presence of multiple stories and plots evokes a feel of multi-tasking for the movie viewer and if done successfully, delivers the movie’s message or theme very effectively.

Wikipedia lists some movies that fall within the definition of hyperlink cinema. I have a couple of favorites myself (see below). In all of the following films, multiple storylines intertwine to tell the grand arc or theme.

A successful hyperlink film manages to evoke the central theme in much the same way critical thinking can interrelate multiple evidence (qualitative in this respect) to support a central argument. This is not to say that filmmaking or hyperlink cinema is strictly meant to be a logical argument or within the bounds of evidence per se–as standards of creativity can vary from person to person (and from viewer to viewer). What I personally find compelling about hyperlink films is that the usage of multiple character plotlines for the film’s grand exposition is akin to the critical thinking process of finding analogs or parallels between multiple concepts or abstracts.

Other than that, I also enjoy watching movies in general anyway.

Magnolia (1999) - Paul Thomas Anderson, Director

Traffic (2000) - Steven Soderbergh, Director

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Quentin Tarantino, Director

Crash (2004) -- Paul Haggis, Director

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Just quick refresh on the ongoing turmoil in the financial markets. The DOW dropped 777 (auspicious?) points last night. Here’s how last night’s drop stacks up against history:

The prognosis? It might be too early to tell, but large scale collapses have been associated with investors “capitulating” or giving up on the market–which is often the turning point in any collapse.

From Investopedia:

In the stock market, capitulation is associated with “giving up” any previous gains in stock price as investors sell equities in an effort to get out of the market and into less risky investments. True capitulation involves extremely high volume and sharp declines. It usually is indicated by panic selling.  

Although as we can see from the above table, the DOW drop busted point records, but not percentage records. There still might be a long ways to go before people can be said to have really “given up”.

Bloomberg shares more of the situation here.

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