Films of moral struggle final

Beale is quite obviously a very sick man but he is

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Beale is thrust into the public eye, and the people simply can not get enough of him. Beale is quite obviously a very sick man but he is also bringing in tremendous profits for the company. So despite his friends protests that Beale needs medical treatment, he is instead transformed into a media icon. The agent of this transformation is Diana Christensen, an entertainment producer who manages to get her talons in Beale and control of the news division. She completely guts Beale's news program and turns it into a pulpit from which he can 'articulate the rage of the people' as she likes to say. In reality she is abusing flashy lights, a pretty set, and Beale's crazy man charisma to make ever greater profits. Diana is so unconcerned with the integrity of what little news that she does put on the show that she goes to great lengths to organize a program with a militant terrorist group. She plans to have to group perform various acts of staged terrorism and film it first hand to be on her program. There could be no clearer condemnation than this, she is willingly staging events that could result in the loss of human lives and having them filmed so she can put it on the news before anyone else. The insanity of this plan culminates in the on air assassination of Beale, whose ratings had once again begun to slip. Humanity is absolutely inconsequential when compared with the magnitude of the profits, at least that is the lesson learned from Network .
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The Value of Keeping Ones Eyes Open (Question 4) The world has changed dramatically since the 19 th century, new technologies, morals, and values have taken root. However, for the Amish the world has simply changed around them while they remain as a constant. They have not altered their ways for anything or anyone and it would appear that they never intend to. This has not stopped the relentless forces of change and the modern world from encroaching upon their pastoral idealism. It is exactly this drama that plays out in the film Witness. After he witnesses a murder a small boy named Samuel and his Amish community must deal with the creeping advances of modernity. Throughout the movie we come to see the urban world as amoral and dependent on technology while the Amish are dependent on their traditions and ways.
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