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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 16th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
My worry with a lot of documentaries is that the message, valuable as it might be, suffers from being "edutainment". It's crass and detracting IMO. This documentary fell into that trap. It didn't distinguish between "Griffin's politics" and "people getting drunk in a pub". While the latter can often be indicative of underlying motives people exaggerate, play to the audience etc. which muddies the water IMO.

There's a lot of difference between someone bragging about getting the Anarchist's Cookbook and how they will make bombs than a "respectable politician" spreading hateful propaganda and I don't think the lack of distinction helped.
From: deeply_spurious Date: July 16th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes I think that's probably fair criticism. The prog was not exactly nuanced and it did seek to entertain as well as inform. At the same time though, if through adopting that format, it manages to engage more people in serious debate about things which matter, then that has to be valuable - in spite of the weaknesses you identify. You may remember that only the other week I found myself arguing with someone who was convinced the BNP were the victims of a horrible leftist smear campaign and that they weren't really racists at all... I wonder if he was watching...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 16th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not convinced it will stimulate debate. Is not an argument as strong as it's weakest point at the stage where you are trying to engage people in it anew?

I blame Michael Moore. Again.
13 lies or Lie to me