Arment Dietrich

Spin in Hollywood?

By: Arment Dietrich | June 27, 2007 | 

Spin is not simply twisting a story to reach the desired outcome.  Spin can also be leaving out certain details to make for a better argument.  We learn that in debate class in high school — highlight the good facts and ignore the bad ones.

So why are people shocked about Michael Moore’s new film Sicko, coming out this Friday, June 29?

We all know Moore is a controversial film director, but this new documentary of his is driving up more force than Fahrenheit 9/11

This “one-sided attack”, also known as spin, has got a lot of wheels in motion, with speculations of a rebuttle from pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

Is there ever a time that “spinning” something can be good if it raises awareness of a not-so-good thing? 

Or are we immune to “Hollywood spinners” and expect some spin in order to make a buck, or save face?

I have not seen the film and I won’t judge until I truly know both sides.  I do know one thing ; I can’t wait for him to do a film on the high price of women’s fashion.  – Molli Megasko

  • Brigitte

    Good idea on the fashion piece! This is actually a phenonomon I’ve put a lot of thought into. It’s common-place to see politicians and activists “spinning by ommission.” Every cause-based organization engages in the same behavior, no matter how worthy the cause is, because they know the other side is just as dogmatic in support of their cause. Right now, our system is set up so both sides duke it out, and HOPEFULLY we end up with policies in the middle. Makes you wonder if there’s a better way.

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