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 »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WHISPERS focuses mainly on how the spread of false information can ruin someone's life. We see this today mirrored in today's use of the Internet to create havoc enough to cause suicides. We also see it in today's political campaigns where candidates spread outright lies so as to convince voters to form negative opinions of their opposition.
The spread of gossip is graphically illustrated and shows both sexes guilty of intentionally spreading false rumors.
Lillian Hellman once wrote a play called THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (filmed twice as a movie), which illustrated the power that a lie can have on an unstable personality.
Well worth watching as a teaching tool, especially for young people.
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