That's no documentary

Letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

documentary: adj. 1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents. 2. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film. n. pl. documentaries: A work, such as a film or television program, presenting political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration.

According to the definition of the word "documentary" how can anyone believe that Michael Moore's films are documentaries? I think a more apt term would be fictional representation or dramatization. I cannot imagine that anyone could believe that his movies present facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter. Shouldn't this blatant misuse of a word be corrected? Not only is this is misrepresentative and wrong, but he is working on another "documentary" titled "Fahrenheit 9/11 and 1/2."

Matthew Van Steenwyk


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