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  •  The bikes from the uncounted, too (0+ / 0-)

    After the attacks, the NY Observer and then the Times, or the other way around, began talking about the uncounted dead. There were a lot of them. The street vendors, undocumented immigrants, temp workers.... Not everyone was a Sachs worker. People were just working people, and I hate the attempt to make everyone a saint or a soldier, both. They were people. They were children and parents.

    I didn't put it in the post, but we were fortunate that only three of our children lost a parent, as we had eighteen with parents there, and none of our teachers with children working there lost any.

    My view on television is not to blame television for being television but to note when and where the medium, because of what it does, creates an evil effect. The people who put the original coverage together were freaked out. They were not meaning to do bad at all. However, Marshal MacLuhan talked about the hot and cool mediums, and television is cold. It puts the viewer there, involves every sense, including the narrative sense.

    I watch documentaries, science shows, and stupid comedies. I grew up in the 1970's and wanted to be Johnny Quest. At the same time, this medium is a technology that, by its shape and feel, does some things and does not do others. It does not give context. It's anti-contextual in news. If we add in "commercial" to "television," it is actively anti-contextual. That would be intolerable to viewers by itself, and so it is heavily, heavily narrative. Sometimes, that makes things worse.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Wed Sep 07, 2011 at 08:06:11 AM PDT

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