kevan + television + news   6

Why I spoofed science journalism | Martin Robbins | Science |
"Have you ever wondered why the first few lines of any BBC website article are often particularly stilted and awkward? It's because thanks to the BBC's multi-platform publishing guidelines, the first few paragraphs of any news story need to be written in such a way that they can be cut and pasted into a Ceefax page."
news  television  writing  history  via:blech 
october 2010 by kevan
Towards the End of the Morning - Michael Frayn
A great snapshot of the dying days of Fleet Street, the middle-class second-guessing of future suburban house prices, fledgling international air travel, and the lazy, unstoppable rise of television.
booklog  news  television  travel  society 
february 2008 by kevan
Network (1976)
Exploitative television and trivialised news coverage, although I'm too ignorant of American TV history to know exactly how ad absurdum it was meant to be, from here. The detached plotlines drag the film a bit, but it's great satire otherwise.
filmlog  4stars  news  television  delusions 
august 2006 by kevan
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Very sharp glimpse of what television meant in the 1950s, and what it could have been, what it was important for it to become. Present-day parallels are a bit heavy-handed, but it still stands up in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  television  politics  news  history  cigarettes 
march 2006 by kevan
Searchable and clickably browsable pages from Ceefax, with an authentically horrible old font. Impressive work.
television  news  simulation 
march 2005 by kevan | Fax of life
Ceefax was "accidentally discovered by BBC engineers" 30 years ago. But it's not been the same since they relaxed the haiku-style 35-character constraint on headlines.
history  news  technology  television 
september 2004 by kevan

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