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agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: September 24th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that things on television automatically become spectacle... entertainment of a sort, no matter how shocking. So no.

I thought the coverage of the war was too close up as well. Reporters standing in front of rows of soldiers firing automatic weapons into the distance. Some people thought it was very exiciting because it was so close up. Killing people should never be exciting, a spectacle, or anything else. It comes down to the same mentality as the masses watching someone guilotined, or alternatively people watching someone on death row executed. It's not necessary and it cheapens human life.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: September 24th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
The actual footage from the war, of the reporters, reminded me of the old WW1 newsreels where the Army staged reconstructions for the sake of the reporters.

I accept totally what you're saying - about the spectacle - but I think there is a romantic/idealist bone in my body that says that the media can be reclaimed and used to make people think, to inspire them to question themselves and what they do - rather than just sell more cornflakes.

As such, I come down on the side of diffrentcolours above, but it's a close thing.
agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: September 24th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the context. Usually, especially in cases such as 24 hour rolling news, there is no context. It's all just bright colours and flashing lights. Oh look ahurricanesweptthroughJamaicaandtherewasabombinginRussiaweaponsofmasssdestructionandMrsBigglethwaitefromLeicestergothertransplantmodernisationMarksandSpencer'ssharepricesaregoingdownandlooktheregoessomeone'shead.

For an extremely bleak but interesting view of the evils of television I can recommend Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death.
14 lies or Lie to me