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news, media & censorship

SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT NEWS, MEDIA & CENSORSHIP

How does the media affect the public’s perception of current world issues?

The media has a responsibility to publish information and news that is in the public’s best interest. Seemingly many media outlets and conglomerates take this responsibility very lightly, preferring to skew the truth to their own hidden agendas.

Australia’s media landscape is owned primarily by two families, the Packers and the Murdochs. Each of these families used their media outlets to sway public opinion to their own political and social views.

If the media manipulates the truth in order to cover-up reality, what are we suppose to believe? How do we separate fact from fiction?

MORE THOUGHTS TO FOLLOW…

If anyone has any thoughts they would like to share on this topic, please feel free to add a comment. This project is about creating awareness, so any public opinions are valuable. Thanks

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1. shell - September 10, 2007

As stated above, more thoughts will be added to this page as our research is developed

2. nyotista - September 17, 2007

i dont know if this is considered ‘current world issues’ but the celebrity news in tabloids is a classic example of truth manipulation – in my opinion.

many sources of that celeb news is from ‘an insider’ đŸ™‚

anything for publication and circulation i guess

3. natasha - September 19, 2007

This is very interesting, I almost forgot to tell you guys this. It was posted straight away after the event was aired on telly.

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NEW YORK – The Emmys went round and round, but Fox tried hard to flatten it out.

The in-the-round staging was a notable feature of Sunday’s Emmycast, and set off the whole evening well enough. Ryan Seacrest, to no one’s surprise, was fine as ringmaster. Another useful innovation: Stars from each series were seated together in the Shrine Auditorium, bunched within close reach of the stage, and easily captured by a camera shot.

Not so great was Fox’s clunky, overeager “live” editing. In this era of FCC pressure and network timidity, viewers were reminded at least three times that the show was on a few seconds’ tape delay, with a trigger-happy censor sanitizing the dialogue by awkwardly inserting an eerily quiet wide shot of the Shrine interior.
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Getting the silent treatment: a crack by presenter Ray Romano about his former co-star Patricia Heaton sleeping with new co-star Kelsey Grammer; winner Sally Field taking the Lord’s name in vain; and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl, who mouthed a certain four-letter s-word when she heard her name announced as a winner.

Maybe the Emmys should just move over to cable. Even so, the Emmy cast felt looser – and often more biting – than in the past, and the occasional gaffe was part of the fun.

When Heigl was introduced as a presenter, her name was mispronounced by the announcer as “HI-jul.”

“It’s HI-gul,” she reminded everybody with amusement. “It’s all right. It’s a hard name.”

And presenter Ellen DeGeneres did an impressive riff while apparently waiting for a balky teleprompter to give her something scripted to say.

Seacrest’s opening monologue was funny enough and characteristically self-effacing. He saluted past Emmycast hosts including DeGeneres, Johnny Carson and Conan O’Brien, noting, “They were hilarious – if that’s what you’re into.” (Though on this three-hour-15-minute show, he seemed to disappear for hours at a time. Was the ultra-busy personality shuttling between this show and some other gig?)

The evening began with an animated song-and-dance sequence with Brian and Stewie, the outspoken “Family Guy” dog and baby, who took musical swipes at network TV: The leading ladies of “Desperate Housewives,” they sang, “look sensational for being 65!”

TV may be trash, they chirped, “but without it, Americans would have to learn to read.”

In a brief commentary, hothead comic Lewis Black voiced his own complaints about TV’s intrusive on-screen promos that make it hard to watch a TV show. And he complained about the graphics and “crawl” that clutter cable news broadcasts.

“Why not just fill the screen with all the most useless information you can,” Lewis sputtered, “and have a sock puppet talk to us!”

His final rant was sarcastically followed by an on-screen promo plastered over his midsection.

A silly waste of time was the musical salute to “The Sopranos,” delivered by Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” quartet singing classic Four Seasons hits. How come the “Sopranos” clips were relegated to the background while the singers got the close-ups? Would Tony Soprano have stood for this kind of disrespect?

Ah, but this was just a warm-up for a proper tribute to the HBO mob drama, which concluded its run last June (and, at the end of the broadcast, scored a best-drama Emmy): an onstage gathering of the “Sopranos” ensemble, some two dozen strong, who received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

On a show that aims to celebrate excellence on TV, this might have been the Emmycast’s towering moment. And since no one said anything, nothing got bleeped.


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