Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

True/False: Errol Morris Launches NY Times Blog

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik July 19, 2007 at 3:03AM

True/False: Errol Morris Launches NY Times Blog
0

Errol Morris has begun a series of blogs for the New York Times under the heading Zoom. As my favorite documentary filmmaker, Morris can do no wrong, and his latest venture offers a sneak peak into what I expect are the theoretical underpinnings of his work, but moreso, his latest project, "Standard Operating Procedure" (likely to hit theaters in 2008). While the first blog called "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire" is about photographs and how meaning is attributed to them, it's possible to read between the lines and see that Morris is commenting on the manipulation of meaning, particularly in the Bush White House, and perhaps I am extrapolating a little too much here, but the ultimate lack of impact of the Abu Ghraib photos.

"The idea that photographs hand us an objective piece of reality, that they by themselves provide us with the truth, is an idea that has been with us since the beginnings of photography. But photographs are neither true nor false in and of themselves," he writes. "They are only true or false with respect to statements that we make about them or the questions that we might ask of them. The photograph doesn’t give me answers. A lot of additional investigation could provide those answers, but who has time for that? Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but there are two words that you can never apply to them: “true” and “false.”"

After a single day, the blog has generated some 120 comments. And I'm not the only one to take a political message away from Morris's project. As commenter Matthew Blum writes, "Errol Morris’ genius lies (no pun intended) in the fact (or fiction)–both in this essay on photographs as well as in his films–that truth and falsity can, and often is, manipulated either wittingly or unwittingly by those that seek to create–or shape–a version of events that adhere to the agenda of their own true or false “picture” of events. Propaganda? Exaggeration? Tomfoolery? Spin? Sounds like Politics and the current administration."

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Bob Connors: The thing to remember is the video has some actual data but it's conclusions are far fetched and inaccurate. This is a Progressive propaghand…

Who is "Politizane" and What's Next for the Income Inequality Viral Video

Mar 21th, 2015 8:47am

By Ostlee: This makes very sad reading - i feel for the people of Maldives. Everyone should boycott the island as a holiday destination until Nasheed…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 13th, 2015 5:35pm

By Ahmed Shahid: Release the first democratically elected president. The only president of Maldives who has reached the people of Maldives, heard them and…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 12th, 2015 9:37am

By Hanne Neve: Please take care of your country and the climate by freeing your real selektet president.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 11th, 2015 9:09am

By Iqbal: Please release President Nasheed

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 10:27pm

By Martha Robertson: I strongly urge the immediate release of Nasheed!

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 9:37pm

By Ned Rollins: Bad business, going to bite you.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 3:47pm

By John Painter: The guy isnt a terrorist.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 12:00pm

By Sofia Vera: I support Presdient Nasheed and add my name to this letter of support for his release.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 11:14am

By Margarett R Mulkey: A civilized society is required of the current government of the Maldives. The world is watching injustice and crimes, and many realized thes…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 10th, 2015 10:53am