This weeks lecture focuses on news network and their roll and practice in being a voice for the voiceless, as well as its format to challenge the validity of other news correspondents.
Firstly, let us focus on War And The Media (Thussu 2003). This focuses on today’s 24/7 news coverage of global conflict, much of which the situation is escalated for the sake of news coverage, which is often trivialised and sensationally broadcasted. Part of this includes the style of “Infotainment”, which is the “obsession of high tech reporting”, such as unlimited live coverage and the formatting of conflicts e.g. Virtual Maps to show battlegrounds. The trouble of this is it fuels interest and promotion of coverage,yet shows little live battle or fatal engagement, which doesn’t bring the true horror to the audience, and as stated by Thussu “the audience can be desensitised to the tragedy and horror of war” (Thussu 2003)
Another aspect touched upon in the lecture is that of the political, economical and historical context and background history of wars and regions. For example, the media reports extensively on the Palestine-Israel conflict, yet fails to acknowledge the reasons for the conflict e.g. The misplacement of the Palestinian people by the British after the Second World War to make accommodation for Israel.
However I do believe that, seeing as Thussu’s work was published over a decade ago, and in the context of the Iraq War and well before the powers and capabilities of news organisations across the world have today, that this is an outdated look. The recent Syrian conflict has been extensively covered by media outlets such as CNN, Al Jazeera and even our national newspapers. All have their own motives,however their coverage has shown the horrors of war, such as gassed Syrian children, brutal gunfights between the opposing sides and talked to local, government and international people’s. Also, not everyone trusts the mainstream media, with many turning to varying websites that cover an array of issues within the same topic. Thus, the media is very careful now to ensure that it covers as much as possible as to not be labelled as Propaganda pieces or sponsors of lies and death.
Thus, we can see the issues the media has and propagates amongst the audience, however we must remember, the audience is just as educated and knowledge based as those who report the news, and thus have the capability to choose, hear and acknowledge what they want, when they want.
Stay Classy UOW,
Thussu, D 2003 “War And The Media”, SAGE Publications