News as entertainment. Entertainment as news. Confusing?
I read recently that teens were getting their “real news” from satirical tv news programmes like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Plus – once you begin to understand how media ‘makes the news’ you can’t watch it in the same way. Brass Eye and Screenwipe spring to mind as the main influencers for me.
News media doesn’t help itself when it gives airtime to weirdo dangerous pinheads like Glenn Beck. However, The Onion just smashed him into a million tiny pieces. I love the Onion.
The Onion – Victim In Fatal Car Accident Tragically Not Glenn Beck
If you don’t know who Glenn Beck is then watch this clip from Screenwipe by Charlie Brooker. It’s a brilliant bit of television that should be required viewing for all media students.
Beck gets going at 7m45secs.
Charlie Brooker on British and American TV News
Can you believe this guy’s got a primetime slot on a major network.
Ringing alarm bells yet?