FQ contributing editor Nilo Couret uses the Fyre app, the Fyre Festival, and the dueling documentaries about Fyre— Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened —to map the landscape of contemporary debt as it intersects with new media (i.e., mobile app development, social media advertising, and streaming platforms) and account for the theoretical and political implications of indebtedness. He concludes that streaming platforms are akin to social networks, video-sharing platforms, and online publishers both because of the relentless pursuit and monetization of our attention as well as an economic viability sustained by debt.
Nilo Couret interviews Brazilian documentary filmmaker Maria Augusta Ramos. Her recent documentary, O Processo ( The Trial , 2018), chronicles the “parliamentary coup” against Dilma Rousseff, delving into the impeachment process and the former president's trial in the Senate. In O Processo , Ramos engages with enduring themes and subjects from her twenty-year career, particularly her well-known Justice Trilogy, which examined the Brazilian criminal justice system. For Ramos, documentary shares an affinity with forensic discourse when its purpose is truth-telling in the service of justice. Rousseff's trial and impeachment, however, find the filmmaker probing how justice has been sundered from the truth in a contemporary moment when corruption scandals and fake news compromise our democratic institutions. Her films combine an observational approach with institutional analyses in order to reveal the workings of power behind the surfaces of everyday life.