TITLE

Engaging Viewers in Conflicts About Water

AUTHOR(S)
Snitow, Alan; Kaufman, Deborah
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the documentary film about water privatization created by the authors titled Thirst. According to the authors, they see their work as disrupting the tendentious framing of major issues by elites and an often-unquestioning media. They tried to provide an alternative framework that challenges the status quo and sparks a debate on contemporary social issues. In Thirst and their other documentary work, they did this by following stories of conflict and offering multiple points of view to create openings for their audiences not only to see these issues differently, but also to see themselves as potential actors once the film is over. The authors were motivated to make the film in order to chronicle what they saw as the pitched and unbalanced battle between the public and private sectors in the U.S. The one-hour film, which was aired nationally on the PBS series Point of View in 2004. sheds light on the largely behind the scenes efforts by multinational water companies to take over public water services and supplies. The privatization effort is part of a larger far-right political campaign to convince people that corporations can do virtually anything better, cheaper, faster and more efficiently than supposedly lazy, inflexible, corrupt and self-serving public agencies and employees. The corollary of this asserted ideological "consensus" is that private companies should take over most public services, including water.
ACCESSION #
16649387

 

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