NOTICE News for February 13, 2023

On today’s NOTICE News: Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives grilled former Twitter executives over what they say was censorship in the lead up to the 2020 election. Plus: How theater chains are trying to get you back to the movies. Here’s a transcript of the show.

Discussion Questions

  1. The top Republican on the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee says Twitter wrongly censored a story just before the 2020 election.  What was that story about?
  2. For what reason did Twitter say they made a mistake?
  3. Why do you think the Hunter Biden story is such a sensitive issue, on both sides of the political spectrum?
  4. What is the only entity of the government that can bring charges against someone?  Also, what does that then leave Congress with only the power to do in regards to a potential crime?
  5. What do movie theaters say is causing the greatest impact to audiences going to movie theaters?
  6. What are ways movie theaters have attempted to boost concession sales?

Writing Prompts

  1. Democrats feel it is a waste of time investigating the story regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop, but Republicans on the House’s Oversight Committee are determined to investigate it.  Is the issue regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop a worthy use of Congressional time and taxpayer money?  Why might some feel strongly that it isn’t, but some feel strongly that it is?
  2. While many love being able to stream new movies in the comfort of their own homes, it of course is detrimental to the business of movie theaters.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of primarily streaming movies rather than watching them in a theater?  Which do you prefer, and why?
  3. A lack of content is a key reason that people aren’t going to the movies, according to the theaters themselves.  Considering the movies you’ve seen and enjoyed over the years, can you think of what might be some reasons for that lack of content being put out?  What types of films would you like to see more or less of, and why?

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