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Fabricators, fakers, fraudsters

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.003.0010
Fabricators, fakers, fraudsters

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This chapter covers journalistic fabricators, fakers and fraudsters. The issues of journalistic fabrication and invention, of fakes and hoaxes, were high on the news and public agendas. Shattered Glass marks the moment when authority and influence in the public sphere began to shift from print to the internet. The lesson of this film is not that the established media of record are fatally flawed, and that online journalism is in some sense superior; merely that the mantra of old media good, new media bad is simplistic. The tension between print and online journalism dramatised in Shattered Glass has become a life-and-death struggle for survival in a recession-hit world of declining circulations and advertising revenues. Thus, this film will come to be seen as a key movie by future audiences.

Keywords: journalistic fabrication; Shattered Glass; fakes; hoaxes; internet; online journalism

Chapter.  6589 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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