Posts Tagged ‘authenticity’

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When Fake Videos Go Viral: What the Fake Syria Sniper Boy Video Tell Us About “Media Experts”

The western press very quickly accepted the video as real and used it to support the US administration’s narrative on Syria. Many top US news sources began to spread the story. Even though the producer said he explicitly added big hints that the video was fake, like the children surviving multiple gun shots.

Propagating false stories on Syria, is nothing new for the western press. In the lead up to the conflict many stories were exposed as frauds, such as the Anti-government activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” which turned out to be a middle-aged American man in Scotland. Syrian Danny Abdul Dayem which was frequently interviewed by CNN was using fake gun fire and flames in his interviews.

…These tweets were inline with an official State Department Twitter account @ThinkAgain_DOS which blamed Assad for the fictitious bullets in the film. This casts doubt on how deeply the US administration scrutinizes information it bases it’s policy on.

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“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don ‘t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity … when you’ve reached this height of technology level of a Michael [Bay], of a ‘Transformers,’ I don’t understand the meaning of it and the reason for it, except that it appeals to some visual sense, some kinetic sense of dynamism and a need for action. But action is not always a solution, character is.”

I’m not sure if Stone always lives up to his own standards.  Particularly, the ending of Savages was a bit stupid, sort of ruined the movie.

Some want to call him out over Natural Born Killers, but I think those people are missing the point.  NBK was a statement about TV and movie violence and intentionally unrealistic and over the top.  That was the entire point, and remains consistent with what Stone says here.  I think he is making a stand for believable violence, the possible as opposed to the ridiculously implausible.

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