30 July 2012
Last week's comments and ensuing discussions were so fascinating and thought provoking - thank you all! So I have more, because once you get me started on the media, it's difficult to stop me. ;)
"If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion." - Noam Chomsky
The end of an illusion about one aspect of news coverage came to me in a media ethics class, one of my very favorites with a terrific teacher. We were discussing the people behind the camera lens, and the professor said: "Do you all remember the footage of people drowning after that plane crashed into the Potomac?" We all nodded. Even though it had been years and years before, none of us could ever forget the images of people floundering for their lives in the icy water. "Did you ever think about the fact that the cameraperson chose to film the scene rather than try to help the victims?" We all stopped and stared open-mouthed. It had never occurred to any of us.