Monday, May 2, 2011

Will the Wikileaks movies change politics?

The biggest question on my mind is how the various WikiLeaks movies will change politics?  A movie that portrays Julian Assange as a hero might be ignored by most people; only the most committed activists believe that Assanage is completely free from sin.  For example, the movie "Wikirebels" (Youtube) is a direct-to-Internet documentary that portrays Assange and Wikileaks very highly, but it has not had much success with mainstream audiences.

But a movie that highlights Assange's complex nature might be well-recieved.  After all, the point of Wikileaks isn't the person himself, but rather the information that he is distributing to the world.  And reasonable people can disagree as to whether the release of all classified information is good or bad -- it creates a lot more openness, but a lot more risk.

I'm curious to see which of the projects (HBO, Dreamworks and Spielberg, Universal and Marc Shmuger / Alex Gibney, etc) will be the most balanced and which will be the most slanted.  And I'm also curious how the movie-going public will respond to them.  Stay tuned to this blog for more analysis.  We'll see what 2011 brings.

Update: here's a poll asking the same question--"Will the Alex Gibney and Marc Shmuger Wikileaks movie change the world?"  Go post your opinions over there too.

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