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Title The Billionaires' Tea Party : how corporate America is faking a grassroots revolution / Media Education Foundation presents ; Larrikin Films ; director/producer, Taki Oldham. [Kanopy electronic resource]

Publication Info. [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, 54 min.)
video file MPEG-4 Flash
Note Camera, Director, Editor, Producer: Taki Oldham ; Voiceover Recording Engineer: Davide Carbone ; Additional Editing: Bergen O'Brian ; Additional Graphics: Daniel Nicholas.
ISBN: 1932869530 9781932869538
Originally produced in 2010.
Event Originally produced by Media Education Foundation in 2011.
Summary In the summer of 2009, shortly after Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress swept to power promising a new era of hope and change, a citizens protest movement emerged out of nowhere threatening to derail their agenda. Some said this uprising was the epitome of grassroots democracy. Others said it was a classic example of 'astroturfing' -- an elaborate corporate public relations effort designed to create the impression of a spontaneous uprising. Curious to find out for himself, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham goes undercover and straight into the heart of the movement. He visits raucous health care town hall meetings where irate voters parrot insurance industry PR; learns that home-grown "citizen groups" challenging the science behind climate change are funded by big oil companies; and infiltrates a tea party movement whose anti-government rage turns out to be less the product of populist rage than of corporate strategy. In the end, The Billionaires' Tea Party offers a terrifying look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans -- capitalizing on anger, resentment, and paranoia to advance a narrow, often anti-democratic, agenda.
Audience Grade 9+
Higher education.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Business and politics -- United States.
Corporations -- Political activity.
Political activists -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Tea Party movement.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Genre Documentary films.
Added Author Oldham, Taki.
Kanopy (Firm)
Added Title How corporate America is faking a grassroots revolution
In: Media Education Foundation Collection njcore00000000080
Music No. 1050202 Kanopy
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