Adam Curtis on the media’s ‘oh dearism’
A short 6:22 minute film on the state of the media is available on YouTube, by the excellent documentary film-maker Adam Curtis.
He says that:
Everyone knows that television news can be boring, that’s because it’s often about politics which can be very dull…But these days there’s another problem with watching the news. Night after night we are shown terrible things which we feel we can do nothing about. Images of civil wars, massacres and starving children which leave us feeling helpless and depressed and to which the only response is: “Oh dear.” There is a name for this. It’s called “oh-dearism” and this is the story of the rise of oh dearism in television news.