How To Report the News

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This is brilliant: British journalist/humorist Charlie Brooker presents a recipe for reporting the news in the two-minute clip below. From the video: "It starts here, with a lackluster establishing shot of a significant location. Next, a walky-talky preamble from the auteur, pacing steadily towards the lens, punctuating every other sentence with a hand gesture, and ignoring all the prigs milling around him like he's gliding through the [censored] Matrix, before coming to a halt and posing a question: what comes next?"

Warning: one f-bomb is dropped, and one comically decapitating laserbeam is depicted. As much as I love 60 Minutes and shows of its kind, Brooker has a point -- this is exactly how TV news is presented these days.

Watch Brooker's Newswipe program for more.

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February 1, 2010 - 10:14am
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