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ERIC Number: EJ831978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Inspired by a True Story: Good Night, and Good Luck and Why We Need It
Beck, Bernard
Multicultural Perspectives, v8 n3 p26-29 Jul 2006
Why do people refurbish some historical tales from time to time, adding new versions to be displayed publicly? Powerful cultural elements can be invoked for many purposes, and the morals derived from the fables can be quite different. When individuals are blessed with a rich cultural heritage, they may delve into it to find wisdom for themselves in the present. Even more commonly, they may drag old material into present daylight to make a point to someone else. Cultural lore not only serves to inspire people but also can be used to harangue others. In this article, the author discusses why history and tradition must be cared for and kept in working order. He also discusses why journalists, the most important tool in people's cultural kit, are not considered reliable. Lastly, he discusses "Good Night, and Good Luck," a movie that portrays the story of a real series of events. The movie comprises the post World War II careers of Edward R. Murrow and other veterans of radio war news; the development of television news and feature journalism; and the creation and effect of Murrow's criticism of Joe McCarthy, the fearsome Red-hunting senator.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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