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14 lies or Lie to me
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