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this is likely the beginning of a mini-deluge of titles and lists, but
here're my quick contributions:

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, dir.)-- the media baron as megalomaniac

Network (Sidney Lumet, dir.)--  Faye Dunaway's producer character as a
cold and manipulative  opportunist willing and eager to cash in on the
psychological unraveling of her lead news anchor

Bamboozled (Spike Lee, dir.) -- television producers who turn to
neo-minstrel programming, selling out the black race for superior profits.

For a documentary approach, see the relatively new release from the
Media Education Foundation called "Money for Nothing" (Kembrew McLeod,
dir.); it details the inner logic and profit-driven machinations of the
corporate recording industry and the manner in which it places culture
itself at risk. It's narrated by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and features
such notable as Robert McChesney, Reebe Garofalo, Dave Marsh, Chuck D,
Michael Franti, and Ani Difranco weighing in on the corporate production
of music media.


Murray Forman
Department of Communication Studies
Northeastern University

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