A history of journalism in two minutes?

By Christopher B. Daly

That’s what the new film “The Fifth Estate” promises in its opening sequence. According to a story in the NYTimes, a specialty production company in Venice, Calif., known as Prologue, has done just that. Since it takes me 15 weeks, lecturing twice a week for 80 minutes at a pop (or, about 2,400 minutes a semester) and I don’t get through all my material, I guess my hat’s off to them.

Can’t wait to see “The Fifth Estate,” which is a dramatization of the story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. I better not be at the popcorn stand or in the bathroom when the movie starts, or I could miss the whole history of journalism.

A still from the opening sequence of "The Fifth Estate"

A still from the opening sequence of “The Fifth Estate”

If you’ve seen it, please leave a comment and let us all know what you thought.

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