March 26, 2004

This is getting weird . . .

by Chris Geidner

So, first Howard writes about my hometown [of Youngstown, Ohio,] and another of its ever-embarrassing moments here in discussing the naked anchorwoman.

Then, he writes about "Shattered Glass," the movie that -- apparently -- he and I were both watching last night. Get out of my mind, Howard!

Seriously though, "Shattered Glass," is a sad story about overeager motivation and the pressure put on young journalists to (over?)perform. NYU's Jay Rosen provides one of the more insightful looks into the problems of today's journalism at PRESSthink. Although I have found I often disagree with him, he's always a good read.

The message of "Shattered Glass" is just one more reason to encourage journalists to learn more about the subjects they cover. (See my post here about the discontinuation of a Yale Law School program for journalists.)

Also, is it just me or does Aspen Publishing have some secret movie product placement deal? The casebook Glass is reading in "Shattered Glass" is an Aspen book, as was a prominently displayed book on the police chief's bookshelf in "Starsky & Hutch." Go figure.

March 26, 2004 03:51 PM | TrackBack
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I *loved* Shattered Glass, and was going to paste here the review I figured I must have written on my solo blog, but turns out I didn't write much of a review at all --

11/28/03 -- "Big, big, big thumbs up to "Shattered Glass," the movie about Stephen Glass, the writer for The New Republic who made stuff up. Along with "Spellbound," it's one of my top two movies of the year, no doubt. If you write -- or even just if you read -- it's a great two hours spent, basically right there in The New Republic's newsroom. Rich, compelling drama."

Howard's post makes me want to go rent the DVD and listen to the director's commentary. Director's commentaries are so cool.

Posted by: Jeremy at March 26, 2004 04:20 PM

You should; I bought the DVD, and it's great!

Posted by: Chris Geidner at March 26, 2004 06:56 PM
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