Gil Scott-Heron sings that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The film suggests that might not be the case, as do recent revolutions in the Middle East. Comment on how you think the media can strengthen or weaken a revolutionary message or cause.
The thing that first came to my mind was CNN and their reporting of nothing. Jon Stewart points out a funny fact in these two videos that CNN has a habit of reporting nothing.
The news goes crazy at the sign of tragedy because they know they have to report it. This year was the one year anniversary of the Boston Bombing and there was great coverage of the victims saying that they are more than what happened that day. But the video CNN reported of that day was nothing to be proud of.
It is completely wrong to say that when the revolution happens, it won’t be on television. If we can show nothing, we will show that.
The media makes news, it doesn’t report it.
In the Movie Network, Heale says this and its the best quote:
Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube! This tube is the Gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers… This tube is the most awesome God-damned force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls in to the hands of the wrong people, and this company is now in the hands of CCA – the Communication Corporation of America, the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome God-damned propoganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network?