04. Wag the Dog

THEMES: THE TITLE - WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT'S ON TV - PUBLIC RELATIONS AND JOURNALISM - COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGES AND WAG THE DOG - SATIRE AND WAG THE DOG

This guide is specifically designed to address the new Learning Outcomes in the English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Media Education curricula that deal with the visual media as a form of communication, and suggests ways in which traditional literary concepts may be taught through the medium of film.

Wag the Dog is the story of a sitting President who, days before an election, becomes embroiled in a sex scandal. In order to distract the nation, his spin doctor invents a war! To tie in with the film's themes, this guide presents an overview of media literacy basics, and explains why representation matters.

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