By Amy Ryan
Updated October 23, 2008 at 03:00 PM EDT

How are movies and TV reacting to the Wall Street crisis? Depends on who you ask. According to Tuesday’s New York Times, they’re going to avoid all the unpleasantness and do what Hollywood did during the Depression: make Shirley Temple movies. (That is, they’re going to make escapist projects like comedies and musicals that address the crisis either tangentially or not at all.) According to Bloomberg on Wednesday, however, we’re going to see a lot more Gordon Gekko-ish Wall Street villains for viewers to project their rage onto.

Which would you rather see, PopWatchers? Movies and TV shows that react to the economic crisis via escapism, or stories pointing fingers at the Wall Street chicanery that fueled the collapse?

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