Wag the Dog

This movie reminded me of a quote from the movie Idlewild by Andre Benjamin that said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” Most of the movie showed the characters performing tasks in, what I think was, an existentialist view. Their main goal was to preserve the good name of the president after a sex scandal, and in doing so, they created a war and a long backstory and all these intricate details because it seemed the most practical at the time. Its just what they could come up with on the spot. There were many unethical practices throughout the movie. Honesty was a really big issue. DeNiro and Hoffman came up with all these random lies that they came up with just to distract people from the truth that the president had slept with his intern. Because all those lies were told, the accountability of their actions was compromised as well. I also think that the advocacy issue was a little tampered with because all the opinions heard throughout the country came from the pr practitioners that were running the show.

The caption came up in the beginning of the movie that said that a dog is smarter than its tail which is why the dog wags its tail, but if the tail was smarter than the dog, the tail would wag the dog. I took that as a display of how much society is just fed information. When events happen, society has no recourse but to watch the news or listen to the radio or check the internet and more often than not all the information that we get is simply a line that someone higher up has told someone else to say or write. It makes the world very scripted and just like in this movie, regular people who have no ties to public officials or people that really are in charge, have to just accept what we have been given and accept it as truth. Thereby, society is the dog because we are responsible for consumption and spending and have a large population and what not, but the little guys, the tail, pull the strings and pretty much control our lives…and wag us.

I honestly dont know many pr stereotypes. The only one I know is that they are responsible for making you feel the way you feel because they have the final say about what information goes out. Whether its good or bad denotes whether its a good stereotype or a bad one i guess, but in this movie it definitely held true. America was just a chess board and DeNiro, Hoffman, and Anne Heche moved the pieces around in whatever direction they wanted.


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