Journalist Phelim McAleer sets out to discover the truth behind fracking, the controversial method of natural gas extraction. McAleer talks to scientists, industry honchos and rural Americans affected by fracking, revealing some surprising facts.—Netflix
Its strongest and most interesting case against Gasland is not so much with refute of its claims as with address of its impact and what this says about modern journalism.—Christopher Campbell, Movies.com
These examples of “spin” in the documentary narratives, both our movie last month and this one, allow us to see clearly the differences between a fact-based documentary and true facts.
Who is an audience to believe? The Gasland propaganda film ignores effects on US requirements for energy and, according to this article, panders to Fox and other celebrities’ needs for a beautiful backyard.
Campbell, C. (2013). ‘FrackNation’ vs. ‘Gasland’ – A Tale of Two Propaganda Documentaries. Retrieved from https://www.movies.com/movie-news/fracknation-vs-gasland/10877
McAleer, P., & McElhinney, A. (2012). FrackNation. Kickstarter. Retrieved from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1009530098/fracknation