- 11-02-2012, 01:14 #1
There is a very limited view of the world pushed by the media in war zones. You don't want to puke on your fry up when the 6 comes on.
The footage is usually lots of AK fire in the air - good for pics and sound - and followed by heavily censored pictures of the aftermath of the effects of these weapons on the poor buggers on the receiving end, whenever the militias of any side remember to point them downwards before pulling the trigger.
MY question is - and no, not a lurking journo - how much of the horror should the media show?
I say this because I've just watched a militia chap from 'doesn'tmatterwhatfuckinside' say that the poor young boys, and they were boys, they put up in Sarajevo, had no idea what a round or a grenade would do to a human body. They learned the hard way, natch.
If your average Joe, or Mohammed, knew what modern weapons did to a body, would they be less likely to send people out to fight?
Too many non-professional soldiers think an AK, 2 thirty rounds mags and a sody pop to keep the sugar up is all you need to get by, until they actually see it.
I think the media should show the full fucking monte; Markale, Rwanda or wherever.
If they don't, the sanitisation of the images invites more young cretins to sign up and pop an AK out of a window, imho.
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- 11-02-2012, 01:20 #2
So how would your theory fit with army recruitment?"If a terrorist organisation wanted to knock out the moral compass of Britain, all they'd have to do is to kill 100 celebrities at random. The entire country would have an instant nervous breakdown."
- 11-02-2012, 01:24 #3
- 11-02-2012, 01:28 #4"If a terrorist organisation wanted to knock out the moral compass of Britain, all they'd have to do is to kill 100 celebrities at random. The entire country would have an instant nervous breakdown."
- 11-02-2012, 01:31 #5
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I think most people have some idea of the realities of war, though obviously they still get a shock when they see a "real" person who's either been killed or seriously injured.
I'm not sure what showing more on the news would achieve, most people would view it in the same way as they would a film, most people probably wouldn't register that is was real.ZARATHUSTRA: Tyrant, (Pseudo) Bully, Mad With Power and infamous Camberley Flat Thief.
- 11-02-2012, 01:33 #6
It may have a bearing on professional army training. But even in the training I did, the blood was a paint mark on an actor. Chuck a pint glass of 'blood' across the floor, even though it's 'only an armful' and people have kittens. No serious injury if you plug it.
But the view we have on the telly of war, imho, is so santized that it bears to relation to reality. My question was how much should the broadcasters show?
- 11-02-2012, 01:36 #7
- 11-02-2012, 01:37 #8
I had this theory that taking POWs/treating enemy wounded, made it all seem so civilised and therefore acceptable...when really you should kill every single fecker who was counted as the enemy and only then would we all realise that it's all a load of B*ll*xs.
Saw a quote which said something like 'War will cease only when men refuse to fight'....that's just my pinko commie b*stard coming out and although the phrase sounds ok and 'right on', it won't work cos there's always some tw*t who's gonna pi55 you off enough to make you want to kill them.
We join up/fight cos some of us have the desire and mentality that makes us want to kick some feckers arrse rather than be all calm and collected, and we want to do it with the legal sanction that being in the forces provides.
- 11-02-2012, 01:37 #9
It's late, I'm probably just ranting."If a terrorist organisation wanted to knock out the moral compass of Britain, all they'd have to do is to kill 100 celebrities at random. The entire country would have an instant nervous breakdown."
- 11-02-2012, 01:49 #10
I think, in my humblest opinion, that they cut too much out of the reality.
Footage from Homs (and I'm not turning this into a Help Syria thread) was redacted to a series of wide shots of rockets/ T72 hits on buildings and close ups of people running out of the ruins with kids sans blood and all their limbs intact.
The journos who can get away with telling it slightly more like it is are in print, because print doesn't upset your auntie.
If you're a journalist, you should be able to film what is happening and if the kids are frightened and the parents throw up on their potato waffles, so be it: sorry, that's my view. To wank about censoring reality is NOT what proper journalism is about.