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“Bad News” On The Media

 “News casts use newscasts for relaying information and dramas use newscasts for…drama.”

-Brian Spicer

I found this week’s article, “Bad News” in On The Media to be a wake up call. You would think a movie costing $70 billion to produce would be able to figure out a realistic way to portray newscasts. You would be wrong. I have to admit though, before hearing this I have never thought about the way movies portray newscasts. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I know I am watching a movie, and not actually listening for real news. When you watch news on TV it’s to hear what is going on in the world. But, when you watch a fake newscast in a movie, you already know what it’s going to be about…the movie. I particularly liked what Brian Spicer had to say about why these newscasts depicted in movies are so unrealistic. Producers know that their newscasts are being used for a dramatic effect rather than relaying information. I feel that maybe movie producers view newscasts in their movies as a way to cutback expenses. Since they know the audience is there to be entertained, they may not feel the authenticity of the newscast is all that important.
Regardless of the reason, I find it ironic that movies can portray such “realistic” alien invasions, but can’t seem to pin down the essence of a genuine newscast. Thinking about it now, I would be disappointed in a movie if it had a realistic newscast scene and a subpar car chase scene. Perhaps this says a lot about who we are as a culture; we like drama, as long as it’s fake.

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