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Celebrity protest: Gasland or La La Land?

Though there are many concerns among groups in the US regarding hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the opinions of some groups are quite polarized and more glaring than others. This article suggests consideration for perspectives not often heard in the ads and news items—those of local landowners and others most affected by ...
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Where and How Did Our Oil and Gasland Begin–Do We Really Want It to End?

If you've ever had any doubt that movies influence, look no further than to consider the effects of this month's movie, Gasland (Fox, 2010). It is difficult to imagine how a propaganda film that presents such a complex technical topic to a public audience could garner much interest, let alone ...
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Gasland: Russia and Others Promote the Runaway Bandwagon

When settling down to watch a documentary film, I remind myself of two important things:
  1. Rarely does a documentary film tell the whole story.
  2. People believe what they want to believe.1
It was with this mindset that I watched Gasland (Fox, 2010), not just with an open mind, but ...
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Charlie Wilson’s War: Main Characters and Misleading Propaganda

When presented with the original script of Charlie Wilson’s War (Nichols, 2007), Texas bon vivant Joanne King Herring (played by Julia Roberts in the movie) keeled over and nearly choked, for the last scene was a video clip of the Pentagon burning on September 11, 2001. What was the cause ...
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Their Finest: Lissa Evans Celebrates Ealing Studios’ Propaganda Filmmaker

Ordinary people are capable of the extraordinary. British author Lissa Evans believed that with her heart and soul and set out to prove it by creating her own piece of greatness. The road to achievement is often paved with books; and Lissa, an avid reader, navigated her own course. Evan's ...
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