Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Watching each other

Why doesn't he mention Truman Show?

While Ben Elton may have captured the effect of finding entertainment in the actions of others - skewering it in his inimitable style - surfers of the Web don't just mind each other's business, they have a shared interest in cinema. With a virus keeping viewers at bay, opinions and insights about what we're watching is still of interest.

You can download movies through Usenet and they're a natural enough topic of conversation in newsgroups. Take your chat to message boards, ponder the effect of social media on cinema audiences.

Cinema Jam tells us through their online magazine The Spread their Top 10 Movies About the Internet


This may be a little abstract but let's run another comparison of media; this time looking at truth conditions. One should check the definition of course but a search tells us of a style of documentary film making called cinéma vérité and the journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy ponders Can Cinema Be Thought?

Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition published in 2005 Linguistic Meaning, Truth Conditions and Relevance. Yours for only 109,99 € or 93,08 € for the eBook. 'The main argument of this book is that the notion of truth plays no role in speaker-hearers' interpretation of linguistic utterances and that it is not needed for theoretical accounts of linguistic meaning either.'

Ceasefire magazine features Alain Badiou (whose name comes up when this subject is mentioned): Truth, Subjectivity and Fidelity

Given its academic bent it's no wonder that a look at newspapers is scholarly.  Given the successful - though irrational - gambit by a liar and cheat to question the validity of news reports and get others to do the same, truth conditions is a natural aspect to examine. Try finding anyone who subscribes to the fake news mantra reading Punch and the Tribune, never mind

Pragmatics of Truth and Modality in Newspaper
Editorials: An Example of the Punch and the

 If you do read such material, you don't need convincing that journalism has its place and, while respecting critics who cast doubts on the accuracy of reports, politicians doing the same is a different matter; especially when the investigation is about their dealings.

Radio does get a mention in this paper (which actually looks at truth conditions). Television in this paper. Theatre in The Conversation.

You could just look it up on the Internet.

It's a bit hard and abstruse to make good blockbuster material, however necessary or worthy.



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