Also screening in the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series.
The risks of speaking truth to power are brought into sharp relief in Brian Knappenberger’s timely and cautionary tale of money, media and the high cost of free speech. Knappenberger chronicles the epic 2016 court battle between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media, which resulted in an unprecedented $140 million verdict that sent Gawker into bankruptcy. This already fascinating story takes a darker turn when it’s revealed that billionaire Peter Thiel was funding Hogan’s lawsuit. Suddenly, the issue pivots from one of privacy to that of the First Amendment, becoming a startling examination of the wealthy’s ability to curtail news organizations and journalists they disagree with. Filled with twists worthy of a soap opera (or a presidential election), Nobody Speak is an eye-opening look at the erosion and manipulation of one of the foundational tenets of democratic society—and a wake-up call about the fragile nature of democracy itself. Shane Smith