Starsuckers is a feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it. Made completely independently over 2 years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all and especially our children. Chris Atkins presents Starsuckers as a series of five lessons on fame in the modern world: how children are persuaded that fame is something they want, how television and the media reinforces the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it, how the mind and body reinforces our need to follow the activities of well-known people and strive to join their number, how the press became addicted to celebrity coverage, and how the art of promoting fame has led to celebrities and their handlers controlling the press instead of the press having say. Along the way, Atkins demonstrates how celebrity news with no basis in fact gets into print, why newspapers will run press releases almost verbatim, how parents will eagerly sign away the image rights to their kids, how certain mass scale charity events end up helping the performers far more than the causes they designed to support, and how publicists keep accurate but unflattering stories out of the news.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Korean Journalist Indicted for Telling Truth about Dangers of U.S. Beef

June 18, 2009

Korean journalists indicted for beef story

A controversial television broadcast that offended Korean agriculture officials resulted in five indictments for biased reporting Thursday, officials said.

Four producers and a script writer of "PD Notebook" on the MBC network were accused of defaming government officials, the Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday. Their show was critical of the Korean government's decision to lift its ban on beef imports from the United States, which were imposed out of fear of mad cow disease.

Agriculture Minister Chung Woon-chun and negotiator Min Dong-seok claim the show distorted facts. The indictment also said the producers deliberately mistranslated interviews and exaggerated any threat of mad cow from imported beef.

The decision by the Korean government to lift most restrictions on U.S. beef was hugely unpopular in South Korea, Yonhap noted.

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