Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sleeping with the enemy

Absence of Malice.....What a great movie. Remember the scene when Michael and Megan (Paul and Sally) go out to the restaraunt for dinner and drinks? Megan is enjoying her wine and giggling profusely about a funny story from her past. Realizing that she is acting too silly, the mood suddenly becomes somber. Michael gazes at her with those baby blue eyes. Megan has a light go on in her head....."Ah Haa", she says..."You're trying to hustle me"! He subtly agrees and tells her that he needs to get to know her better FAST. I pose a question. Did Micheal want to seduce Megan to get to know her fast? Was he falling for her? OR Did Michael want to get to know Megan better fast in order to gain intimacy (genuine or not) and possibly more information concerning Megan's unrevealed source? What would Kant think about "using" someone like this? Was Megan going to be the means to an end? On the way home Michael sees that they are being followed...so their night ends. Hmmmm!

4 comments:

dairy_angel said...

I think that it was a combination of both. Michael may have cared for her but I think he really was using her for information. I mean both were trying for the same purpose. She used everybody she knew as sources. Why couldn't Michael just do what she was doing? It doesn't make it right it just makes it easier to see.
I think Megan was Michael's means to an end. He found the person writing about him and did his own investigating. It was a little suspicious that he wanted to know her FAST but not when he was being followed. I think he really was using her for his purposes. Just like Elliot did.

Aggie Blue said...

Speaking of using people for one's own ends, what do you think of the ethics of journalists who sleep with their sources?

teacup said...

The idea of journalists sleeping with their sources is wrong! I'll bet it happens more than we would imagine though. We've heard of the "Casting Couches" in Hollywood. I'll bet its not much different in the Media. I know..maybe I'll call them the "Source Sofas". (teeheehee) So sleeping with your source..Talk about your Ethical Egoism! Sleeping with someone selfishly...looking out only for #1...seeking pleasure...acting on your choice that has no boundaries except those that you design....doing whatever serves you the best. ALL this while pumping your source for information? (no pun intended..OK..maybe a little pun intended--sorry) That's the best of all worlds---Right? NOT!!!

Aggie Blue said...

teacup, these are all good questions:

"I pose a question. Did Micheal want to seduce Megan to get to know her fast? Was he falling for her? OR Did Michael want to get to know Megan better fast in order to gain intimacy (genuine or not) and possibly more information concerning Megan's unrevealed source? What would Kant think about "using" someone like this?"

What do you think? Was Michael pulling the strings here all along? Did he ever feel anything for Megan? Who was using whom?