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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-11 11:15 AM
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10. Today's strongest journalism is found in documenatry films
I have conversations all the time in which I try to point out the documentary world, the impact it is having, and the fact that the form serves more complex subjects far better than TV reporting does.
Look to the documentaries, which used to be so obscure that only film people watched them, which are now drawing huge audiences, at times making huge profits. Michale Moore changed the way we get large stories. This is the Gasland Era, not the 60 Minutes era.
What TV 'news' once did, the internet now does. What 'long form' news shows like 60 minutes used to do, documentaries do better.
When I hear people complain about 'no news' I feel like they are people sitting waiting for a telegram while the newly installed telephone is ringing off the hook. Same message, different delivery method.
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