When Howard Beale Meets the Network…


In response to Soapbox’s post about Starbucks I thought I would add my own opinion of corporations into the fray. Corporations are the powers that dominate our planet today and one film I thought really sums this up is The Network.:

In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks’ nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network.

Written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sindey Lumet

Here are the yin and yangs of the plot.



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