Coming to Dallas/Ft. Worth area theaters on October 18, The Fifth Estate is a movie about the emerging "citizen journalists" who make up the "Fifth Estate" that's rapidly supplanting the once-vaunted but now thoroughly corrupted and discredited world of the mainstream media.
That media, originally comprising only newspaper journalism but now including all reporting sources, once narcissistically accepted the title "The Fourth Estate" and ranked itself right up there with those other always and equally corrupted and discredited Great Estates of Western Civilization: The Nobility (the ruling class), Commoners (the ruled class) and the Clergy (the class that sanctioned the ruling class ruling the ruled).
The movie centers on the falling-out between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his buddy Daniel Domscheit-Berg even as their online truth-telling revelations take down the soulless conspirators behind international banks, corporations and war-makers.
While most online reviews pan the pic as "ordinary," "muddled" and "Soap Opera Level" the reviewers themselves reveal their own political ideologies.
An anonymous reviewer at The Hollywood Reporter calls WikiLeaks a "moral swamp," Drew McWeeny wrote at Hit Flicks, "I think Julian Assange is a creep, personally," while Entertainment weekly's Owen Gleiberman calls the movie "feverishly edgy and exciting" and raves that it's "one of the only movies I’ve seen that really gets, in the rollicking density of its storytelling DNA, how the Internet has changed everything."
But whether small potatoes like most bloggers and Examiners or big spuds like Assange and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh who exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War (yes, he was called a traitor for telling the truth) and who recently told The Guardian that Osama bin Laden's death is "one big lie, not one word of it is true," everyone must now become citizen journalists of the "Fifth Estate" since nearly all of the so-called professionals of the ignoble "Fourth Estate" have become little more than neutered marketing gofers for the ruling class.
The PR for the movie asks "what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society – and what are the costs of exposing them?"
Libertarians will more likely ask, "What are the costs of not exposing them?"
And they will answer, "Not exposing them leaves us with the corrupt psychopathic-driven world of evil that we live in today."
The only people threatened by truth-tellers are liars, and all libertarians know who the biggest of those are.
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