Michael Balter wrote:
> Just one more comment from me today, as this is my third post. My main
> interest in this Truthdig article, and the main reason I posted it,
> was for the points it made about how effective Moore's film would end
> up being in the health care debate. I have not seen the film yet, but
> I did have serious reservations about Fahrenheit 9/11, which I felt
> strongly preached to the choir.
Was the choir as big as the box office for that movie?
Personally, I don't happen to care much for Moore. But his films do
often provide very concrete ways of outreach. Locally, our anti-war
group leafletted at the theater where it was showing and while I have no
way of knowing the private opinions of those we passed leaflets to they
certainly weren't members of our group. "Preaching to the Choir" is an
overworked metaphor, in part because it obscures the real problem of
creating an audience. No matter how good one's leaflet, newspaper, or
film, it won't reach anyone who has never heard of it.