Chapter 16: Media Scope and Depth This chapter deals with the sources of entertainment as well as entertainment’s responsibility to the audience. • How faithful does entertainment have to be to its source? • Should certain topics never be used for entertainment purposes? • Must art be compromised when it passes from one medium to another? Chapter 16 Cases • Case 70: Reel History • Case 71: Bigotry as Entertainment • Case 72: They Call It Paradise • Case 73: Tragedy Lite • Case 74: League of Literary Make-overs Case 70: Reel History • Facts– Empirical Definition • Values • Loyalties • Principles Case 70: Reel History The Reagans, A Beautiful Mind, and Braveheart have all had their accuracy questioned. • What does it mean for a docudrama to tell the truth? • Is telling the truth morally imperative? • If a film re-creates the texture of an event such that participants can affirm the veracity of context and struggle, is that not sufficient? Case 70: Additional links How Nixon Stands Up – A famous author/ historian applauds the merits of the film. Revisionism Vs. Truth – Fact and fiction in Oliver Stone’s films. Oliver Stone vs. The Historical Establishment – Did Stone go to far and damage history in the process? Watergate & Nixon – A database of links for a history of this storied president and scandal. Case 71: Bigotry as Entertainment • Facts– Empirical Definition • Values • Loyalties • Principles Case 71: Bigotry as Entertainment • Is humor above moral considerations? • Are certain topics off limits to a comedian? • When has the public stopped such bigoted entertainment? Case 71: Additional links Some of these links contain graphic comedy material that may be considered offensive. ADC in Defense of Hate – A view of Dice’s comedy as artistic freedom, includes lines from act. Bad Year for First Amendment Rights – Is bigotry covered by freedom of speech? History of Standup Comedy – Comedians didn’t always hurt people. Methods of Standup Comedy – Types of humor and delivery. Case 72: They Call It Paradise • Facts– Empirical Definition • Values • Loyalties • Principles Case 72: They Call It Paradise Have you seen For Love or Money, Real World: Vegas, and Paradise Hotel? Your thoughts? • How much reality does reality TV portray? • In what ways do shows like Paradise Hotel demean the people who star? • Are the participants allowing themselves to be exploited? Case 72: Additional links Beyond Caring – A review of the entertainment value of Paradise Hotel. Reality TV World – A series of articles about over forty reality TV shows including Paradise Hotel. Unreal Expectations – How real is reality TV? Here to Stay? – The future of reality TV. Case 73: Tragedy Lite • Facts– Empirical Definition • Values • Loyalties • Principles Case 73: Tragedy Lite • Should a horrifically tragic event be changed into a comic, life-affirming tale? • How should the movie industry treat historical events? • In what ways is the film industry responsible for maintaining our history? Case 73: Additional links Life is Beautiful – Read a positive review of the film. Life is Not So Beautiful – A negative review of the film, plus related articles and the theatrical trailer. A Holocaust Comedy? – A Jewish rabbi responds to the film. Case 74: League of Literary Make-overs • Facts– Empirical Definition • Values • Loyalties • Principles Case 74: League of Literary Make-overs Even the graphic novel the film was based on was altered. The original crew consisted entirely of British figures. • Do bad literary adaptations hurt the credibility of the original work? How so? • Conversely, can a great movie improve the reputation of a so-so literary work? • How faithful should directors and screen-writer be to the literary work? • What is the limit to a plausible adaptation? Case 74: Additional links The Movie – All about the movie, including viewer reviews. The Comic – A fan of the series offers his opinion of the film. The Stax Report – When acclaimed books become bad movies Book/Movie Conundrum – Books can inspire movies, but cannot be expected to fully translate into film.