Christopher Whalen looks at the media on film.

…Our main source of information on how the media work is usually through other media. Movies, for example, like to open themselves up with ‘making of’ documentaries, but these are often self-serving publicity rackets on behalf of the studios and production companies. Films sometimes contain a film-within-film like Shakespeare’s plays-within-a-play – but what do they tell us about themselves? How can we trust that what we see is an accurate reflection if we have never seen a movie set or a television studio ‘for real’? How do we know if what we are seeing is not just another stage?

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