Well, here’s a fascinating thing that arrived in my mailbox today, and mighty appropriate given how much we’ve been talking about how much the media does or does not distort truth over in our Fahrenheit 9/11 threads. Orwell Rolls In His Grave is a documentary by Robert Kane Pappas that examines the media influence over our perceptions of truth and how this immense power has been focused down to a tiny handful of companies each with their own vested interests. According to the website:
Director Robert Kane Pappas‚Äô ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn‚Äôt like to talk about: itself.
Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media.
With input from high level American and British politicians, a former producer for ABC and CNN and Michael Moore, among others, Pappas has at the very least assembled an interesting group of voices to address the issue. The film debuts on July 23rd in New York and on July 30th in LA and DC. Check out the website for details and a trailer.