Deceptions

My partner and I will watch specifically chosen TV programmes.  For her the  program content must be riviting and thought provoking otherwise she tends to go ‘walkabout’ if her attention and imagination is not immediately captured.  She loves any documentary featuring history, great findings and although she will never admit to it – outer space.  She still quietly believes in the reality of extra terrestials and because she is South African she upholds the claims of Elizabeth Klarer who left the her part of the world in Natal to travel with Akon to ‘see’ the other worlds.  Because I love her dedicated naive passion I will indulge her.  

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Rhona is a moonwatcher: she will often call me to look up and then say: Alan what do you think is on the otherside?

I don’t know…. but what I do know is that I have yet to meet someone who has such a love for the night sky, the different shades of darkness and validity of love language.  Of the latter I knew nothing until I reconnected with her after an almost 30 year silence.  But this in iteself in a long and beautiful story of faith hope and deja vu.

When watching TV I have the habit of fast fowarding through the adverts.  It’s probably, no, definitely irritating and after a few months of silent endurance on her part we got into a discussion….a discussion with a fellow traveller is always rewarding if not intellectually invigorating.  It occured to me that my aversion to adverts runs deeper than just visual intolerance.  Its about deceptions. Its about promises that are nonchalantly made and never kept.  It’s about the impossible visuals that render the ordinary man less than himself.  HG Wells is reputed to have quoted that Advertising is legalised lying. The more I consider this statement the more I am inclined to agree. 

I, like many of my generation, am fortunate in that I experienced so many changes through the decades. Most especially access to the Internet and the power of the media and of course that singularly brilliant acquisition we all have – the mobile phone. What is happening in the world is at our fingertips. We just have to move them to type the right enquiry on that great search engine ‘Google’.

This week has seen many ‘newsworthy events’ but for me no more so than the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell. As a photo journalist I am accutely aware of not only pictorial depictions but also literary reporting. It would be foolish to argue the point that there are some so called ‘giants’ in the world of broadcasting who are clearly biased. I read with avid interest every point of view to a newsworthy or even controversial event. I look for literary perfection just as I do for fautless imagery. There is not much to find and because I am of a mature age I tend to make comparisons and find nothing redeeming in how events and products are presented today in the media. Of course I acknowledge the old adage that ‘ comparison are odious’. This is debatable. Comparisons encourages the value of benchmarks in professions that inform the world. When it comes to investigative journalism perhaps present day ‘ aspirants’ to the hall of fame should consider the life and work of Elizabeth Cochran – a leader in her field and a game changer.

Perhaps those who share my point of view about media deception would like to briefly visit the following and after reading some of it (because reading all of it would just be too tedious is it that trasnparent) may conclude that the world has already seen the best of the best.

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2020-04-11/why-the-abc-reporting-of-the-pell-case-was-not-a-witch-hunt/12137620.