This short shows how gossip can be used to spread propaganda or ruin a person's reputation. The story focuses on a businessman who spearheads a drive to tear down slums to make room for ... See full summary »

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This short shows how gossip can be used to spread propaganda or ruin a person's reputation. The story focuses on a businessman who spearheads a drive to tear down slums to make room for low-cost public housing. His opponents seize upon a small bit of truth and twist it to turn public opinion against him. The narrator warns moviegoers to be skeptical of rumors, especially during wartime. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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8 February 1941 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 20: Whispers  »

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Strangely Timely
15 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting film. The makers couldn't have realized how appropriate it would still be 70 years after it was first released. The only difference is that these days they aren't so subtle about it. But I was struck by the scenes showing people pouring high school year books and other records to help with their smear campaign. In those days it was far more difficult to chase down those kinds of facts; it was impossible not think about how easy it is to gather information on large groups of people all at once. Not just the one at time that any one person could do back then; now they do thousands in the same amount of time. Actually those fact checkers would be thrilled with their job these days. In our time; people post their own embarrassing pictures and stories themselves for anyone to see. So the "Whispers" are still around and doing better than ever. I enjoyed this short; I'm guessing most will.


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