Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Like living in the mind of a depressed hippy

Link Machine Go puts up the video from the last show of Charlie Brooker's excellent Newswipe; which you really, really should have watched.

It's entitled the "Rise of Oh Dear-ism in Television News" by Adam Curtis and it's just brilliant. (alternate links here and here.) Essential it puts a good case that television journalism gave up on serious reporting a long time ago as the serious stuff tended to concentrate on politics and was, sadly, a little dull. Bring on the new breed of television journalism; emotive, fluffy, black and white, that flourished through Live Aid and the fall of the Eastern Bloc and suddenly found itself redundant in the moral vacuum of swirling grayness found in Rwanda.

But enough waffle. Go and watch the thing.

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