Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Watching the War

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Watching the War

In this article by Caryln James, he talks about a bomb that fell on Tel Aviv and how the the television and people were glued to the tv to see what happened. One channel (CBS) cut from its regualary televised showing to show clips of the bombing that was going on. During this there were censors show the reporters had to watch what they had said. The reporters were doing everything they could to get the story and make sure it was right. "For viewers, watching the war means staying alert, reading between the censored lines, sorting through partial information decoding reporters messages". Since they had the censoring they really had to watch what the said and were nervous to say something that might get them into trouble. Censoring is a big deal in a war. One viewer that was on the "Donahue" show and didnt want to hear anything about what was going until the newpeople could say it was true. Lastly he states in the article about how sometimes a reporter is limited to the war so he will use pictures as visuals if they cant get anything. Reporters want to try to get anything they can as long as they cant get into trouble.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good summary. Reading between the lines can be an important skill in most countries at war. In our country I think that it more important simply to read long enough to find out the crucial information. It's there but you have to make a commitment to read multiple sources on a daily basis to get a real sense of the state of the war.

4/09/2006 10:32 PM  

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