Orwell Rolls In His Grave

2004 ,    » 26 Comments

Orwell Rolls In His GraveThese commercial entities now vie with the government for control over our lives. They are not a healthy counterweight to government. Goebbels said that what you want in a media system – he meant the Nazi media system - is to present the ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.

Director Robert Kane Pappas’ ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself. Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media.

Among the cast of characters in ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE are Charles Lewis, director of the Center for Public Integrity, Vincent Bugliosi, former L.A. prosecutor and legal scholar, film director and author Michael Moore, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Danny Schecter, author and former producer for ABC and CNN, and Tony Benn, former member of the British Parliament.

From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn’t, ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Has the frenzy for media consolidation led to a dangerous irony where in an era of more news sources the majority of the population has actually become less informed? ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future.

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26 Comments / User Reviews

  1. assmunch

    This movie was cool until the fat bastard Michael Moore appeared!!!!!!!!

  2. roland gopel
  3. roland gopel

    i hate to tell you this assmunch, but this movie is not about aesthetic 'coolness'

  4. Hardy
  5. Hardy

    Interesting doc.

    I can see parallels to Germany, but also many things that are better.

  6. Stephen
  7. Stephen

    Here, here Roland

  8. ez2b12
  9. ez2b12

    We have to do something to protect the internet at all costs. This is where myself along with many others get the vast majority of news and relevant info. It is the only honest medium left, and that honesty and integrity is beginning to be threatened by the media moguls and political interests that stand to gain form our continued ignorance. We have to draw the line here and say, "No, this is ours and you will not take it." I would love to become more involved in this fight but, I have no idea how. Can anyone direct me to a organization or group I could participate in?

  10. roland gopel
  11. roland gopel

    @ez2b12 .... there is a solution.
    its called 'wireless mesh networks'
    this is a technology still in its infancy but there are groups (of boffins mostly) who are starting to put together some of these networks in local areas. the next step is to organise some long distance links between these networks and that way you basically have an 'inter'-net that the government can't touch without being exceedingly brutal.
    there is no reason why websites can't be hosted on such a network.
    the downside (a subjective viewpoint) is that the users of such a network may have to be a little more net-literate rather than just throwing money at the big corps to do it all for them.
    the reason you don't hear much about wireless mesh networking is because there's no money/profit in it for the telco's. in fact if such a wireless mesh internet were to become global then that would spell the death of ALL TELCOS!!!! think about it.

  12. Winston
  13. Winston

    Too intelligent. It sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. Will be vaporized.

  14. scott.behrens
  15. scott.behrens


  16. Jarkiewicz
  17. Jarkiewicz

    This doc. is really good. I have, like many others here seen one or two on this topic. and i find this one very very good.

  18. Xbow
  19. Xbow

    Good vid but about the 2000 election you had democrats wanting to count every screwed up ballot for that dumb bitch Al Gore. The biggest instances of voter fraud came from the democrats. There were errors and cheating by the republicans but the biggest of all was when the liberal media 'erroniously'
    called the election for Gore hours before the polls closed in the Florida arm pit counties (republican). Error my ass it kept people from the polls in those counties. Understand that I hate Bush with a Passion, I hate what he did since 2003 but at least Gore never got the opportunity to twist reality in the USA according to his vomitous distorted visions. And that's a good thing.

  20. Jillian
  21. Jillian

    This is a good documentary, but what they fail to point out is that the Democrats are doing NOW what the Bush admin did then - used the media to manipulate public opinion. Murdoch's holdings are vast, but nothing compared to the dollars that Soros has poured into the mainstream media to support his causes. We, the public, are being manipulated by BOTH sides, and people are starting to figure that out, which is why the TV news and newspapers are dying all across the country. They haven't figured out that their stories can be checked 6 ways from Sunday by people savvy with the internet. Enter Facebook and Google (and every other major search & social network you can think of)...whoever controls these and what kind of results turn up are the ones who will control public opinion. Make no mistake - these are mega-corporations and dataminers 0 and they do not have their subscribers/users' best interests in mind.

  22. Lucy Saw
  23. Lucy Saw

    Excellent documentary. I've watched it more than twice so far and I cannot find anything wrong with it except you should watch it more than once just to allow the weight of what it outlines to be absorbed by your being, if it does then you will definitely become politically active. You'll talk to your neighbors and sharpen your pitchforks, sift through the news and look at the many angles and go on to talk to your neighbors sharing information then you would go on to challenge the corporate power elite and pull the roots right out from under your political officials if they fail to represent you. In short you would be in a state of active revolt.

  24. HatHead Rickenbacker
  25. HatHead Rickenbacker

    This is a great documentary however I don't "Orwell rolls in his grave" but is rather nodding knowingly.

  26. hpthoroughbreds
  27. hpthoroughbreds

    were you paying attention xbow??? it wasn't a matter of who "won or lost" that particular though very important decision, the bottom line is that the american people lost. imagine now, flash forward, how much more hated we are as a people by the world, not because of what we as american individuals believe, but because of what our govt. erroneously does in our names.. my god you must be mad.. don't you get it? it's not REALLY a matter of "who" is in office only a matter of how policy supposedly represents us as a nation. wake up. elst i may be induced to "vomit".

  28. sekulär demokrat
  29. sekulär demokrat

    99% of people DO have a politicans to represent them. USA have comunist parties. But NO one is voting on them. Go figure why....

  30. StaggeredByTheStupid
  31. StaggeredByTheStupid

    Jebus, what a whining crock, are these guys anti think-tank or just anti think-tanks that don't support their views? The alternative to deregulation in any industry is regulation by politicians, and we all know what trustworthy, selfless good Samaritans they are..........

  32. StaggeredByTheStupid
  33. StaggeredByTheStupid

    Jebus, what a whining crock, are these guys anti think-tank or just anti think-tanks that don't support their views? The alternative to deregulation in any industry is regulation by politicians, and we all know what trustworthy, selfless good Samaritans they are..........

  34. Aidan Skillings
  35. Aidan Skillings

    It's leaking(Leaked but becoming more powerful) into Canada too you know.
    people look for conspiracies in all the wrong places(Take Harrp for instance, ugh). A perfectly good conspiracy theory I thought of was smoking's health effects. You might want to research the history regarding the Tea Party, and then perhaps do some research on cancer, and then perhaps some research on the over taxation of smoking, you begin to piece it all together rather seamlessly.

  36. Lon Pirkl
  37. Lon Pirkl

    It would have been better if the audio was synchronized with the speakers. I enjoy conspiracy theories.

  38. noconman
  39. noconman

    Good documentary. Wake up america, we're losing our rights and getting fed nonsense in place of truth by the media. Politics and news has been replaced by scripted entertainment and corporate propaganda in order to confuse those who are unaware.
    Jerry Springer style news and politics has replaced the checks and balances of real reporting that we have always needed to insure that self interest groups do not take control.
    It seems that it is now unamerican to challenge our government, or make them answer for anything they do. We now allow them to openly encourage unfair practices, promote monopolies and policies that are in the interests of their corporate buddies, and reward the deceptive news organizations with the right to voice their personal views and be heard louder than the truth, or it's citizens.
    If a vote like Bush's election in 2000 had been conducted and allowed at your kid's school, everyone would have demanded a do over!
    If mainstream media had exposed the many facts about 9/11 that do not make rational sense, defy logic, reason and physics, instead of refusing to report them, we would not have endorsed two wars, on people who had nothing at all to do with it! We would have thrown them out of office for incompetence at least! Instead, mainstream media has done it's best to keep us believing the biggest lie ever sold, still to this day!
    We have all been witness to a corporate, hostile takeover of our government.
    And yet most stay quiet and still have faith in a system that is clearly out of control?
    Government should not opperate like a business! A business has a first priority, make as much money as they can, at the expense of all others! Secondly, stomp out all competition! No morals! No ethics! Nothing personal! Just business! And the way they have opperated as such, has not only cheated it's share holders (us citizens) while rewarding incompetent leaders, but bankrupted our government and put us all in to debt.
    Government should be a governing system to enforce fair practices and protect its citizens rights while promoting solid ethics and morals in business! They are supposed to work for us! In our best interests!
    Instead, we allow politicians to profit from laws and policies that they help put in place, we allow corporations to legally bribe (lobby) our poloticians, we allow them to destroy our constitutional rights, while making the rights of corporations not only the same as our own, but stronger! You cannot be heard by this government as a citizen! You can only be heard if mainstream media, the government, and the corporate rulers above them want you to be heard.
    Orwell was not just a fiction writer! They seem to have modeled our current governing system after his writings. And they laugh at any attempt by our citizens to make them accountable for anything.
    It's only going to get worse.

  40. soros soria
  41. soros soria

    I think most people have become cynical about the media and about politics to the point where they don't believe in either. We trust no government or media. In that sense, we have reached Third World status.

  42. soros soria
  43. soros soria

    Much as I've been critical of Michael Moore in the past, he is absolutely correct in his criticism of the political vacuum in America. However, this vacuum exists in most of Western Europe too. The elites have always sought to control the masses through their grip on the education systems and on the media. They have succeeded to a great extent.

  44. hockeypop200
  45. hockeypop200

    Right on the mark- truly sad that the powers that be can pull off such atrocities as 9-11, leaving evidence laying around thick as mud, and yet still walk away clean. I am so disappointed in the general public for not seeing, or even asking about such things. Chemtrails is a good example, as it is a daily thing here, lines all over the sky, blocking out the sun, yet people say its not there. This, as they are looking directly at the aircraft zig zagging through the air,leaving these trails. Hidden in plain sight. When a person looks into just who owns media outlets, one see's how these things are being pulled off. Its sickening.

  46. hockeypop200
  47. hockeypop200

    Right on the mark, manipulating public opinion. Notice too,in retrospect, that our opinons are shaped, not re-actively, after an issue is a hot topic, but pro-actively, well before the actual event. Global warming and Harrp are good examples of this. They will/are now manipulating public opinion to welcome Harrp down the road to save us from global warming among other things. It will be/is a weapons system, but Joe public will will be sold thats its going to save the planet through the media outlets.
    Im elated that mainsteam media is faltering, and it is, but im not sure its for the right reasons. It shakes my faith in humanity that so many atrocities can be undertaken right under our noses, on our dime, by people we put in place to manage our affairs, and not an eyebrow is raised. ITs true their days are numbered, but it should not have been allowed to go on this long, with so much evidence, so many facts easily uncovered if one just looks for them, exposing their lies

  48. Hobidias Orion
  49. Hobidias Orion

    They need to sell Homage to Catalonia with 1984 and Animal Farm to put them into context. Orwell was a socialist. Orwell was an anarchist. Orwell fought with Spanish Marxists and Anarchist Militias during the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was NOT a voice of the right-wing.

  50. Jonathan
  51. Jonathan

    Not that good. It's extremely leftist-biased: "Why has the question to rising income inequality been responded with tax reducing on the most rich?" --> What is the case, is that taxes as a whole, should be reduced/stopped. I miss this case in this documentary. It takes on an idea of inequality as something the rich are to blame for. No, they are not to blame - the government is to blame. They are the group that has a. a monopoly on force (police, army, etc.), b. create laws, c. create the laws for their OWN benefit.

    I do not see why being rich should be a problem. Let a man work, let a man earn some money. Be it through lucrative ways. Who cares? He's making an honest dollar and should be able to keep that honest dollar.

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