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Fighting over Joe the Plumber

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The appearance of the Stars and Stripes on tv during the last 2 years.

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More and more newsbulletins make use of 'embedded footage': pictures from CCTV, widely discussed internet clips, 'newsletters' and 'viewer videos'. It is a logical development of control over society and, on the other hand, the possibility of recording every event and publishing it on the Internet.

Applying 'embedded footage' meets the demand for 'real life entertainment': frequently images become content and objectivity is not (always) guaranteed.

Are we happy to conclude that the mass media are now at last accessible to the masses and keep a close eye on society, or are we concerned about the imminent erosion of serious newsbulletins and the evaporation of journalistic ethics?

(www.hanskoster.com)

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from the series:'Real Stories'
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from the series:'Real Stories'
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from the series:'Real Stories'
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'Nondescript News' is a compilation of TV stills (partly hidden by the speed of the medium) from several European news bulletins. These public images were watched collectively and categorically and form part of our worldview. Stripped of commentary and freed from their context, these explicit images have been neutralised. They are open to interpretation; an appeal is made to the viewer's archive of images. This always produces (individual) associations. But these rely on external iconography and may include stereotypes and preconceptions. What have we all been watching and can we still interpret images in their originality? (December 2008)
(www.hanskoster.com)

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fromthe series:'Real Stories'
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from the series:'Real Stories'
(www.hanskostervideo.com)