Chris’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yesterday a link began making the rounds, its headline as biting as anything I've seen on the subject matter: "The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free." I'd forgotten about this documentary, but a recent online rabbit hole has led me in the direction of reading selections from the late David Carr, and Page One landed in my lap last night by way of kismet. "But let us also notice something," the article notes, "the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, New York, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times, and the London Times all have paywalls. Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Wire, the Federalist, the Washington Examiner, InfoWars: free!" The concepts here are machinations stemming from a century of hand-wringing over what journalism is, what it is supposed to be, and how we as a society are to value and uphold a free press. At the same time how do we pay regard to our capitalistic roots, and reconcile the necessities of such businesses with the evolving landscape which houses these institutions, each attempting to maintain economic feasibility as they are smothered to death by a killer we willingly invited into our own home. My mind here isn't focused on a paper, or what newspapers represent or deliver, but on how this is one part of a larger puzzle that has created unrealities that corrupt everything around us. What is to be made of the world if truth is of little consequence? The answer to this question continues to play out in front of us every single day.