Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds

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Shared January 31, 2019

A comparison of alien invasion movies from two very different cultures.

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This is an idea I stole from Dan Olson of Folding Ideas - in effect, this is a remake of a video I did five years ago that hasn’t been online for a while, like a second edition, an updated version of a textbook. There was a lot there that I felt was worthy of revisiting, and more still that I wanted to add. Some of the bones are still there, but this version is much more streamlined and heavier researched, and the irrelevant excess has been cut.

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