|Boorstin, Mann, Chardonnay|
On the desk is Daniel Boorstin's The Image: A Guide Top Pseudo-Events in America. I want to emerge from my time in the MACT program with a better understanding of what, when I was in the television news industry, I might have been too close to see.
And that is the effect of the very camera used to record the images and sound that are the raw material of traditional television news broadcasts.
"On the television screen one received the impression of wildly cheering and enthusiastic crowds before, during, and after the parade. Of course the cameras were specially selecting 'action shots,' which showed a noisy, waving audience; yet in many cases the cheering, waving, and shouting were really a response not so much to the General as to the aiming of the camera."
Boorstin says say truth was that many were bored, apathetic and angry about the sight lines.
In I, 84 of my Moleskine Notes: "What happened to Duckett? TV happened to Duckett."
I don't know what all of this means. I just want to force myself to remember that the camera does have an effect. We'll see what develops from this thought.