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Shattered Glass

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They showed "˜Shattered Glass' last night on one of the movie channels. It's the true story of The New Republic assistant editor Stephen Glass who authored 41 stories for the publication, 21 of which were completely phony. I thought Hayden Christensen was excellent in the movie, and am convinced that his piss poor performance in Star Wars is due to George Lucas's horrible writing and directing, than the actors lack of talent. I was unaware this story ever occurred (back in 1998), but I found it to be a profound truth of our times: deceit is easier to pull off than when it comes from a "˜legitimate' source. Jon.
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The biggest problem with Shattered Glass is that it presented Stephen Glass in a far more sympathetic light than he deserved. As a member of the public I don't care how much pressure you're under, there is no excuse for passing off stories as fact. As a journalism student the actions of Glass and people like him anger me. There greed and stupidity lowers the publics trust not just in him, but of me and all the other journalists out there. In addition through my journalism studies I've met many people who worked with Glass at the New Republic, they all say he wasn't under nearly as much pressure either from the magazine or from himself as the movie made him out to be. At least the movie was well acted and directed.
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