History Film / ShatteredGlass

13th Aug '17 8:43:59 AM TrustBen
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-->"When this thing blows there isn't gonna be a magazine. You want to make this about Mike, make it about Mike. I don't give a shit. You can resent me, you can hate me. But come Monday morning, we're all gonna have to answer for what we let happen here."
19th Jul '17 6:57:59 AM DaBradGuy
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** Glass himself has one at the very end. One suspects this is the first and only time we see the ''real'' Stephen Glass, and it's pretty chilling.



* ShuttingUpNow: Stephen tries to appeal to Michael in an effort to take the heat off himself, but Michael, knowing the kind of shit Stephen is in, quietly asks him if Glass ever cooked a piece for him while Mike was editor. Stephen doesn't respond.

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* ShuttingUpNow: Stephen tries to appeal to Michael in an effort to take the heat off himself, but Michael, knowing the kind of shit Stephen is in, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion quietly asks him if Glass ever cooked a piece for him while Mike was editor.editor]]. Stephen doesn't respond.
26th Jun '17 1:17:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Less in the film itself, more exploited by the subject of the film; it's hinted that many of Stephen Glass's fraudulent articles managed to slip through partially because they played to the political biases of his editors. The ''New Republic'' is a notably left-leaning, "old media" stalwart, and among Glass's cooked stories were subject matter like sexually abusive Young Republicans, a right-wing political gathering selling tacky Monica Lewinksy merchandise, and [[NewMediaAreEvil the threat posed by arrogant young hackers]].

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* StrawmanPolitical: Less in the film itself, more exploited by the subject of the film; it's hinted that many of Stephen Glass's fraudulent articles managed to slip through partially because they played to the political biases of his editors. The ''New Republic'' is a notably left-leaning, centre-left-leaning, "old media" stalwart, and among Glass's cooked stories were subject matter like sexually abusive Young Republicans, a right-wing political gathering selling tacky Monica Lewinksy merchandise, and [[NewMediaAreEvil the threat posed by arrogant young hackers]].
24th Apr '17 8:30:27 AM DoctorNemesis
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Chuck Lane is depicted as rather cold, distant and formal towards the people he works with, and is more instinctively suspicious of Glass than the previous editor was. He also turns out to be right that the issues with Glass go beyond just some dodgy fact-checking...
24th Apr '17 5:40:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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* IntrepidReporter: Adam Penenberg. Stephen Glass would very much ''like'' to be thought of as one of these, but he very much isn't.

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* IntrepidReporter: Adam Penenberg. Also Chuck Lane, ultimately, since he genuinely cares about the credibility and integrity of the magazine. Stephen Glass would very much ''like'' to be thought of as one of these, but he very much isn't.
24th Apr '17 5:38:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ComplimentFishing: Every time Glass pitches one of his exciting stories, he inevitably ends with him mumbling something along the lines of "I know, it's terrible, I'm probably not gonna do anything with it." People think he's just being modest, but it becomes clear that he's actually doing this.
24th Apr '17 4:56:33 AM DoctorNemesis
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* BenevolentBoss: Michael Kelly, Glass's first editor. This throws off the audience's expectations when Glass clashes with his second boss, HeroAntagonist Chuck Lane.

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* BenevolentBoss: Michael Kelly, Glass's first editor. This throws off the audience's expectations when Glass clashes with his second boss, HeroAntagonist Chuck Lane. It's also heavily implied that Glass exploits Kelly's loyalty and trust in his reporters to get away with a lot of his



* WhamLine: "Steve... ''give him the number''," says Lane, after listening to Glass hem and haw for what seems like ages when Penenberg asks him for a source's phone number. He says it quietly, but the air goes out of the room as everyone realizes that Lane has finally listened to all the lies he can stand. "...This guy's ''toast''," Penenberg gravely observes immediately after.

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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"Steve... ''give him the number''," says Lane, after listening to Glass hem and haw for what seems like ages when Penenberg asks him for a source's phone number. He says it quietly, but the air goes out of the room as everyone realizes that Lane has finally listened to all the lies he can stand. "...This guy's ''toast''," Penenberg gravely observes immediately after.after.
** "Building's closed on Sundays." This, from a security guard in the building where Glass purportedly attended the hacker conference central to "Hack Heaven", is clear proof that he wasn't just taken in by a clever fraud but made the whole story up.
9th Apr '17 12:10:59 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DescriptionCut: After the phone conference with the Forbes Digital reporters, we see Glass with a bunch of his colleagues complaining about how Lane refused to stand up for him and is determined to throw him to the wolves. This is contrasted immediately after with a scene of Lane calling the Forbes Digital editor and asking him to go easy on Glass if possible, thus demonstrating that, while Lane isn't unquestioningly supportive of Glass, the latter is clearly trying to sabotage and undermine the former with the rest of the staff in order to protect himself.
10th Jan '17 5:27:10 PM Odacon_Spy
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* SmugSnake: Glass initially comes off as a humble, self-effacing person, but the longer he keeps it up the more we begin to see what a slimy, phony weasel he actually is. Note how subtly smug he is when his co-workers find themselves unable to compete with his exciting and quirky (and entirely fabricated) story pitches when presenting their comparatively duller (but real) ones.

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* SmugSnake: Glass initially comes off as a humble, self-effacing person, but the longer he keeps it up the more we begin to see it becomes clear what a slimy, phony weasel he actually is. Note how subtly smug he is when his co-workers find themselves unable to compete with his exciting and quirky (and entirely fabricated) story pitches when presenting their comparatively duller (but real) ones.
25th Dec '16 10:41:03 AM Odacon_Spy
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* EurekaMoment: An offhand comment causes Lane to realize the truth about "George Sims," the alleged president of Jukt Micronics who called Lane from Palo Alto to complain about Glass's story. As it turns out, Glass's brother lives in Palo Alto. Once Lane finds out, he realizes that Glass wasn't just duped by hoaxsters, he was lying about every single thing in the story and even enlisting his brother in the cover-up.

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* EurekaMoment: An offhand comment causes Lane to realize the truth about "George Sims," Sims", the alleged president of Jukt Micronics who called Lane from Palo Alto to complain about Glass's story. As it turns out, Glass's brother lives in Palo Alto. Once Lane finds out, he realizes that Glass wasn't just duped by hoaxsters, he was lying about every single thing in the story and even enlisting his brother in the cover-up.



* HeroWithBadPublicity / VillainWithGoodPublicity: Glass is well-liked, self-effacing and charming, making it easy for people get get on his side against Lane, who is more distant and formal, and viewed as more of a distrusted interloper after he got the job previously held by a popular editor. Deconstructing this is essentially the crux of Lane's angry rant to Caitlin after he's fired Glass and she confronts him about it, saying that while everyone might hate him they ''all'' allowed Glass to drag the magazine's name through the mud purely because they liked him.

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* HeroWithBadPublicity / VillainWithGoodPublicity: Glass is well-liked, self-effacing and charming, making it easy for people get get on his side against Lane, who is more distant and formal, and viewed as more of a distrusted interloper after he got the job previously held by a popular editor. Deconstructing this is essentially the crux of Lane's angry rant to Caitlin after he's fired Glass and she confronts him about it, saying that while everyone might hate him they ''all'' allowed Glass to drag the magazine's name through the mud purely because they liked him.
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