Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Thu, October 4, 2018 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Nobody Speak
Nobody Speak

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) takes as its theme the effects of big money on American journalism. The documentary focuses on two incidents: Peter Thiel financing wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, and casino owner Sheldon Adelson's secret purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. By shedding light on these interactions between billionaires and media outlets Nobody Speak explores recent ways in which two of America’s wealthiest private citizens have used their resources to influence or silence the press. The film’s examination of these two incidents invites viewers to reflect on the role of the free press in American society, the rights of private citizens in relation to the rights of the press, and the impact that political and financial elites can have on media outlets.

This screening will feature a moderated discussion with Richard Whittaker, Screens Editor of The Austin Chronicle and Martin J. Riedl, Ph.D. student at UT-Austin School of Journalism. 

A graduate of the universities of York, Stirling, and Texas, Richard Whittaker's multitude of beats include education, the legislature, and film news. He has also been covering roller derby since 2007, the longest run for any mainstream journalist.

Martin J. Riedl is both a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he received an M.A. in Media Management from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany) and a B.A. in Journalism and Media Management from FHWien University of Applied Sciences (Austria). Prior to coming to UT Austin, he prepared for his doctoral studies in the M.A. Research Training Program in Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). Riedl’s research interests center around the intersection of journalistic practice and reader engagement and cover a wide-ranging field that encompasses the sociology of news work, online news comments, the economics of online news, as well as digital and social media technologies.

Watch the trailer.

The screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by Martin J. Riedl and Richard Whittaker's discussion and Q&A. Refreshments will be provided. 

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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