Shattered Glass Response



Shattered Glass Response Questions

FILM: Shattered Glass

Directed by: Billy Ray

Main characters/ played by: Stephen Glass- Hayden Christensen Chuck Lane- Peter Sarsgaard Michael Kelly- Hank Azaria Caitlin Avey- Chloë Sevigny Amy Brand- Melanie Lynskey Adam Penenberg- Steve Zahn

Film Co. /Year: Production Co: Lions Gate Films/2003


  1. Seek Truth and Report It: Glass violated this code because he never told the truth. He made up twenty-seven of forty-one      articles and lied to his editors in order to publish his imaginary stories.

Minimize Harm: Glass affected other people in bad ways. For example when he wrote an article about a man that supposedly liked multiple women. It wasn’t true and Glass hurt that man’s career by selling him out to create a juicy story. Chuck Lane also didn’t minimize harm. He let Glass get away with the bad articles even though he was suspicious, and he also didn’t handle firing Glass in the best way. He should’ve made it a clear cut, but instead he just suspended him for two years. This led Glass to believe that what he did wasn’t necessarily that wrong, and it was even harder for him when Chuck Lane actually fired him after learning that all the papers were fiction.

Act Independently: Glass always got his friends to help him write his papers. He never seemed to really ever write them on his own.

Be Accountable: Glass was never accountable for his work; he made up his notes and even when he was wrong he wouldn’t admit it. He just created lie after lie because he never wanted to admit that something was his fault, or that he was wrong. Glass’s co-workers also broke the accountability rule. The fact checkers that worked on each of his pieces should’ve been held accountable for not looking closer at his articles. Maybe then Glass’s lies would’ve been seen.

  1. Stephen Glass is definitely the protagonist in Shattered Glass. Glass both rose and fell throughout the film. For example, when he was on his high of creating fictional stories he was praised and enjoyed by his other co-workers. But once they found out he was a fraud Glass slowly went downhill in a spiral of lies.
  2. I thought Shattered Glass was interesting. It wasn’t like a movie I’ve seen before so I was definitely intrigued by the      plot. I wasn’t sure what to make of Stephen Glass in the film; I knew something might’ve been wrong with him though. At first I thought he just made little lies about his articles, but it made me feel bad for him when I learned the lies were bigger. I think I would recommend this movie to other journalism classes; it helped establish the rules of journalism in a way that was fun.
  3. Haiku- Review

Glass received all the praise

He was a liar we didn’t admire

He didn’t cheat at first

We learned he was compulsive

Glass broke every journalism rule that exists

He broke his co-workers hearts

Then Chuck Lane fired Glass

Glass was sad but became a lawyer

Then everyone loved Chuck finally


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