This month’s Friday Flicks Presentation
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00PM
UUSG Common Room
NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS
When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes -- Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on its site and the furious billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?
Please join us in the UUSG Common Room on Friday January 25 at 7:00pm as we look at the current state of the Free Press in America.