Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Will The Real Hooded Man Please Stand Up

Every human being has his own particular web of associations for identifying and interpreting reality, which, most often, instinctively and unthinkingly, he superimposes on every set of circumstances. Frequently, however, those external circumstances do not conform with, or fit, the structure of our webs, and then we can misread the unfamiliar reality, and interpret its elements incorrectly…
— Ryszard Kapuscinski, “Travels with Herodotus” (2007)

Errol Morris is an incredible documentary filmmaker who is intimately familiar with the power and seduction of pictures, images and their ability to reinforce the truth or create a false truth. He has written a thought provoking piece on pictures, images, seeing, believing and truth.

It is said that seeing is believing, but often it’s the other way around. We do not form our beliefs on the basis of what we see; rather, what we see is determined by our beliefs. We see not what is there, but rather what we want to see or expect to see.

Please read "Will The Real Hooded Man Please Stand Up"

Errol Morris
' documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2004. His other works include The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control and A Brief History of Time.


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