In several states over the weekend, governors ordered residents to stay home in an effort to stymie the spread of COVID-19. For those stuck indoors for hours — if not days — media scholar Bob Thompson said there is no shortage of quality television to enjoy.
For HBO subscribers Thompson recommended the documentary “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News,” an intimate look at the impact of disinformation on real people.
“It was an extraordinary chilling exploration of people who for a living plant stuff that’s completely fake in order to provide opposition information,” Thompson said during an interview with Boston Public Radio on Monday.
For sports junkies who are mourning the loss of March Madness, Thompson said it’s a good opportunity to explore classic basketball films like “Space Jam” and “Hoosiers.”
Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a trustee professor of television and popular culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.