Re: Cringely on "Pirates" / Guthrie & Richmond

Dave Long (
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 23:22:01 -0700

> > The problem with bizarro reality is that it's simply wrong. People will
> > look at this movie and think it portrays history when it doesn't.

That's why television is called a medium; it's usually neither rare nor well

An acquaintance of mine works for CBS, making sure the right metadata label
goes on these productions. There's a reasonably wide range of docu- to
-drama, from historical to "based on" to the use of some names, some
likenesses, and enough writers to ensure that fiction remains more familiar
than truth.


cognitive dissonance for the day: according to BMI, the Woody Guthrie song
"this land is your land/this land is my land" is owned by the Ludlow imprint
of TRO, Inc. A song about free land is itself shackled bits.