After all, that touching documentary about Fred Rogers did generate tears.
However, as Benjamin Din points out in The Wall Street Journal, these are boom times at the box office for documentaries. No, they don't need public relations gimmicks.
The legal world also has been buzzing about "RBG," the documentary about U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Back in 2013, the documentary "Salinger," about that reclusive author, was a relative sleeper. Likely only former English majors like myself ponied up the money for and invested the time seeing it.
What documentaries do that we so need currently in this polarized era is give us the material to connect the dots in our own way.
For instance, the Rogers' documentary presents both the pros and cons of what was a radical approach to children's television. And those are dished out slowly over more than an hour. We watch. We think. We may even get ideas for our communications.
In contrast, so many of the media outlets scream a hardened message. It's as if they assume readers have taken a stupid pill.
The tone and content of documentaries make us assume the producers know we are smart.
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