Fred Wiseman, Titicut Follies

Titicut Follies occupies a unique position in American film history: it is the only American film whose use has court-imposed restrictions for reasons other than obscenity or national security.” (Anderson & Benson 1991, p 4) Continue reading “Fred Wiseman, Titicut Follies”

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The Politics of Asking and the Myth of Informed Consent, Carolyn Anderson & Thomas W. Benson

Taken from Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies, 1991 Southern Illinois University Press. Fortunately, a large part of the chapter of this book that most interested me was available on Google books. Continue reading “The Politics of Asking and the Myth of Informed Consent, Carolyn Anderson & Thomas W. Benson”

The Conundrum of Competing Rights, Carolyn Anderson

This is Anderson’s earliest article about the Follies case, written for the Journal of University Film Association, and in which she outlines the basic problem of competing first and fourth amendment rights (freedom of speech and privacy respectively), and cites this as a common conundrum that faces documentary filmmakers, but one that usually remains outside the courts. Continue reading “The Conundrum of Competing Rights, Carolyn Anderson”

The Right of Privacy and Freedom of the Press, Thomas I. Emerson

However, as pointed out in this article for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the first and fourth amendments are only really in conflict under the circumstances of privacy tort (when there is an illegal breach of privacy by the press, such as trespass) or in cases where privacy trumps the right to public knowledge (such as the identity of rape victims). Continue reading “The Right of Privacy and Freedom of the Press, Thomas I. Emerson”

Ultimately We Are All Outsiders: The Ethics of Documentary Filming, Calvin Pryluck

This article was published in the Winter 1976 issue of the Journal of the University Film Association, and is referred to by Anderson. It begins with an open question: “what is the boundary between society’s right to know and the individual’s right to be free of humiliation, shame, and indignity?” which harks back to Anderson’s invoking the first and fourth amendments. Continue reading “Ultimately We Are All Outsiders: The Ethics of Documentary Filming, Calvin Pryluck”

“You Still Takin’ Notes?” Fieldwork and Problems of Informed Consent, Barrie Thorne

Although this article appeared in Social Problems, and is therefore aimed at people doing social research projects, I read it out of interest since I am trying to get to grips with the whole issue of informed consent. Continue reading ““You Still Takin’ Notes?” Fieldwork and Problems of Informed Consent, Barrie Thorne”