The Great Hack, directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, focuses on the 2016 presidential election of Donald J. Trump and the controversial use of social media and our personal data, also known as “psychographics,” by Cambridge Analytica. While the some critics claim that their argument is disputable, it is still interesting to consider how the portrayal of a single figure “with” in Kaiser’s words, “one disjointed but hopelessly seamless narrative,” enables the directors to persuade us of a particular view of culture. In a 1,200 word essay evaluate the portrayal of former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser. How do Amer and Noujaim first introduce us to Kaiser, under which particular circumstances? How does this portrayal advance the underlying themes of this documentary? What do we learn about Kaiser through the entirety of this film? How do her story and its “narrative arc” add to the veracity or dubiousness of her claims? How might we identify her story as an American one? In your response be certain to discuss the specific controversy detailed in this film, including the targeting of “persuadable” voters in swing states during the 2016 presidential election. You will need to include at least two quotations from two outside sources in your response and six quotations from the film. Please use MLA guidelines with all in-text citations, paraphrases, and summaries. A Works Cited page is also required.
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