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Author: Robert Kane PappasMiriam FoleyDanny SchechterMark Crispin MillerCharles LewisAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Sag Harbor-Basement Pictures ; [Wallingford, Oxford, UK] : Distributed by Plastic Head Vision, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality. . .and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening." So wrote George Orwell in his novel "1984" a striking similarity to the current state of civic cluelessness. "1984" is no longer a date in the future. This documentary points out that today in America, media outlets are owned by five or six corporations, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Kane Pappas; Miriam Foley; Danny Schechter; Mark Crispin Miller; Charles Lewis; Robert Waterman McChesney; Mark Lloyd; Michael Moore; Bernard Sanders; Aurora Wallace; Greg Palast; Jim Ryan; Vincent Bugliosi; Jeff Cohen; Jeff Chester; John Nichols; Sag Harbor-Basement Pictures.; Sky Island Films.; Magic Lamp Releasing.; Plastic Head Vision (Firm)
OCLC Number: 163151940
Notes: Originally produced as an American documentary in 2004.
Special features: Additional interviews (72 min.).
Credits: Photography, Robert Kane Pappas and Alan Hostetter ; music written and performed by Paul Chapin and Extra Virgin Mary ; creative consultants, Terri Needham, Tom Blackburn.
Performer(s): Danny Schecter, Mark Crispin Miller, Charles Lewis, Robert W. McChesney, Mark Lloyd, Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders, Aurora Wallace, Greg Palast, Jim Ryan, Joe Klines, Vincent Bugliosi, Jeff Cohen, Jeff Chester, John Nichols.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 0 (All).
Contents: Credits and introduction --
Problem of the media --
Economic stagnation --
Public psychology --
News methodology --
Greg Palast, BBC --
Media lobby --
Media's response --
Corporate media --
Media deregulation --
Conflict of interest --
Corporate power --
Rep. Sanders --
George W. Bush --
Ignoring major scandals --
October surprise --
Ideological warfare --
2000 election --
Ties that bind --
1996 Telecommunications Act --
Internet --
Bottom line news --
Pundits --
Orwellian language --
Florida revisited --
White House critics --
Fox and GE --
Liberal bias --
NORC --
Exit polls --
Permanent war --
It's all PR --
FCC hearings --
What can be done --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Sag Harbor-Basement Pictures presents ; a Sky Island Films release ; in association with Magic Lamp ; a film by Robert Kane Pappas ; written, directed, filmed and edited by Robert Kane Pappas ; produced by Miriam Foley.

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"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality. . .and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening." So wrote George Orwell in his novel "1984" a striking similarity to the current state of civic cluelessness. "1984" is no longer a date in the future. This documentary points out that today in America, media outlets are owned by five or six corporations, and the likes of Rupert Murdoch, GE, Sony, and the Disney Corporation are beholden to nothing but the bottom line. The seeming multiplicity of choices belies the actual concentration and vertical integration of the media in the hands of a few super-rich individuals. This film avers that a media monopoly is fatal to a democratic society, and raises several questions about this state of affairs: How is news reporting affected? How much influence do media lobbyists have over federal communication policies? Most frighteningly, do the corporate media reflect public opinion or create it?

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