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The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
    Once upon a time at the movies, the noble everyman triumphed at the end while the shady operator got his comeuppance. It was the natural order of things. Then, in 1987, everything changed. Michael Douglas, in the guise of Wall Street power broker Gordon Gekko, proclaimed, "Greed is Good." These magic words opened the floodgates of Douchedom, whetting viewer’s appetites for all that was loud, selfish and posturing. Nowadays, films are overrun with characters afflicted with the scourge of male pattern badness: Vince Vaughn in Swingers, Owen Wilson in The Royal Tenenbaums, Bradley Cooper in The Hangover, just to name a few. Our panel of scintillating experts will explore the depths of today's Douchebag Revolution, its staggering economic model, what it means for the future of cinema and the ultimate question: Is High Douchebaggery the new Punk Rock?

    Senior editor, culture | Slate | Dan Kois is a senior editor...

    Writer, Acrtress, Stand Up Comedian | Eliza Skinner is a comedian...

    Doctoral Candidate | Georgia State University | P.E. Oppenheim...

    Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #DOUCHEBAGS
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP10596

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