Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on television news
Series four of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe is currently screening in the UK. Screenwipe is a bit like Eating Media Lunch, only because it's the BBC, it has a slightly higher low budget.
In this episode, Brooker took a look at television news, including the modern phenomenon of the 24-hour news channels who need to find stuff to occupy all that time.
And amid the humour and anger is a short made by Adam Curtis ("The Power of Nightmares") about TV reporters over the ages.
It's based around British news, but there's a lot New Zealand TV viewers can get from it.
Watched this last night -- it's brilliant.
Interestingly, Steve Maharey used Charlie Brooker in his speech to the recent digital broadcasting conference in Wellington.
With an excellent, important thing missing from far too much current affairs television.
Oh, and length.
Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn column for the Guardian is hilarious. You can practically taste the bile...angry, angry man. But damn funny.
If you haven't already come across it, Brass Eye is also worth a look for some good satire:
Season 4 of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe has just started.
It is availablbe on BBC's iPlayer.
Oh brilliant! On problem - the BBC's iPlayer is geofenced to exclude anyone outside the UK. I'll have to see if my friends in England can video it for me.
Here's a link to a series 4 episode examining (perhaps "mocking" is more accurate description) the news media.
BTW, that's the same episode that I'm talking about right at the top of this thread. (Only the YouTube clips I linked to back then then have been removed now. It's a great episode, though!)
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