With current technology now offering immediate coverage of a tragic event, whether it be through 24 hour news channels like CNN or pictures taken with a cel phone camera and posted on a blog, you would think that this would hamper conspiracy theories like the ones currently boiling over the September 11 attacks. Since there is so much photographic evidence, how can anyone think that “a windowless cargo plane” was seen near the World Trade Center, or that “numerous flashes of light” indicating an explosion appear in the crumbling towers windows?
As the Village Voice’s Ed Halter points out this week, there are numerous 9/11 conspiracy docs out there. Almost 20 feature-length videos have been distributed either online via Google Video or You Tube, or by direct order DVD. And with tools like Photoshop, home editing systems, and the internet, radical filmmakers like 22-year-old Dylan Avery can create and distribute a film like “Loose Change” to over 10 million viewers.
I watched the first hour or so of “Loose Change” a few months ago. Extremely compelling, with authoritative use of documentation and a sly voiceover pointing out how there is no way a plane could have downed a 110 story building, I none-the-less felt it was nonsense. The Village Voice points to another filmmaker Mark Iradian and his film “Screw Loose Change,” which “takes on ‘911 deniers’ by subtitling a running commentary over Avery’s video, parrying and mocking his arguments as they unfold.”
The Onion also amusingly makes fun of everyone’s favorite conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone with their article “New Oliver Stone 9/11 Film Introduces ‘Single Plane’ Theory“, whose decidely straight-forward film “World Trade Center” hits theaters this week.