Netflix is preparing for the launch of its first original program, House of Cards. The series, which stars Kevin Spacey, is a political drama that deals with a congressman's (played by Spacey) vendetta against the president and his efforts to ruin him through leaked stories to the press. Kate Mara (sister of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara), plays the young reporter who runs the congressman's information.
Netflix hosted the premiere of the series in New York City last night and the stars of it discussed the show and its portrait of the changing world of journalism with the gathered press.
"It’s showing the end of it, of any verifiable journalism," Boss McGiver, who plays the editor of Mara's character. "You don’t stop and verify and check your source.’What’s your source?’ 'There’s no time to check the source.' 'How do I know?’ 'We don’t have the time.' 'Put it up!'"
Co-star Constance Zimmer, who plays a tough political correspondent, thinks journalism's future is bleak.
"Journalism is fading. It’s so sad," she said. "Newspapers are shutting down. We were filming in the Baltimore Sun’s building and half of their offices were closed down. It’s very depressing."
Beau Willmon, the series showrunner, said that the series looks at the new cycle of news and opinion, and how they meet in the social media landscape.
"It’s not just the advent of the internet, it’s the 24-hour scrutiny," he said. "Everyone becomes a journalist in a way if they have a smartphone, and thinking about a way populist media has been eroding conventional media, whether you think that’s a good or bad thing is irrelevant, because it’s happening.
"When I worked on Chuck Schumer’s campaign in ‘98, the internet was certainly well and alive in that time, but it certainly wasn’t the focus," he continued. "By the time I worked on Howard Dean’s campaign in 2004, of course that was the central strategy for getting people on board at the grassroots level, and now it’s become a form of direct communication between us and our leaders, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad."
Interesting stuff. Are you going to check out House of Cards?