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  BACKGROUND ON THIS STORY |   THE NOVEL SYNOPSIS

Director - Rahmin Atarod
Writer and Producer - Michael Neff

BBT MUSINGS/FACTOIDS

  • The Washington D.C. agency referred to in the film by Laney Dracos as "the OWC" is based on a real government agency known as OSC, or the Office of Special Counsel. It is now working for George Bush Jr.

  • Social Darwinism - Laney uses it as her basis for understanding the evolution of corruption in Washington. She means it not in the classic sense of an argument for superiority, but as a means to explain the manner whereby a corrupt system relentlessly weeds out those who cannot be corrupted until, as she puts it, "only the favorite scales remain."

  • The Scarecrow song by Alden Wellman at the end of BBT is the perfect metaphor for Manny Eden. He is the scarecrow, straw in head, the hollow man who tries futilely to protect his country (farm) from the harm wrought by the crows of corporation and corruption.

  • The "Presence Chamber" referred to by Laney as having appeared in a story by the Russian writer, Gogol, was actually an "audience chamber" used by a minor Czarist bureaucrat to terrify subordinates and anyone else he considered an inferior.

  • "Pickering and motive and nexus" - Laney is making reference to the ways in which the agency created special tests to determine the nature of a whistleblower. Of course, virtually no one could pass the test (at least, no one that mattered). For example, if the "speech" resulted in a condition of office "disruption" it was not "protected" speech, and therefore, the individual in question could not be a whistleblower.







 

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