Who is telling you how to think?


The Daily Telegraph Article (5.8.13),   “Kick     This Mob Out”

Have you ever watched or seen something and just felt like an opinion was being smeared forcefully in your face?


I would think most of us have. Whether it’s been done consciously or not, no article, news story or blog post is free from bias. Not even this one. This certain type of bias is known as media bias, which can be defined as: “political bias in journalistic reporting, in programming selection, or otherwise in mass communications media”. Although often journalists strive to exclude bias from their work, more frequently the bias of the media owner isn’t excluded.

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Take a look: Nightcrawler (2014)

“…to capture the spirit of what we air, is think of our news cast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.”

MV5BMjM5NjkzMjE5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMzNTk4MjE@._V1_SY1200_CR69,0,630,1200_AL_ I’d never seen a film quite like this. It’s the perfect dark and thrilling snapshot that manages to capture everything that can be wrong with the media. I work at a cinema, a job I absolutely love, so I knew about the upcoming release of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler late last year. However I hadn’t heard much about the film… The trailer, which I saw again and again during each of my shifts, was gripping and intense, sparking my attention as something I might want to see if I could find some time. So when a group of my friends from work invited me to see it, I responded with an instant ‘hells yeah’! But it wasn’t at all what I’d expected… Nightcrawler is set in L.A and follows Lou Bloom a man who is desperate for work. Lou manages to force his way into criminal journalism, filming horrific events and accidents, as they happen, in order to sell the footage to the highest bidders – television stations grappling for graphic footage to boost viewer ratings. He blurrs the lines between documenting these crimes and taking part in them himself and is completely blinded by his growing success and ego as he partners with TV-news veteran Nina. 75Gyllenhaal’s character consumed me… a greasy, egotistical sociopath who holds no regard for human life. It was almost unbearable to watch his character who holds no morals and does anything to get the footage in order to make the money he wants – regardless of the cost to human life. As we began discussing “who owns the media?” in our Communications and Media lecture (BCM110), last week and “does it matter who owns the media?” I very quickly though of Nightcrawler. This film makes a very important message about the media and who controls it. It challenges us to think carefully about what we see and how it has been manufactured to make us view things in a certain way. This creates a question surrounding the reliability of the information we are given by the media, as it will always be influence by bias from those who control it. It is incredibly tempting to dive deeper, and continue writing but I know I’ll only end up ruining my next blog post which will discuss whether or not it matters who owns the media… Watch this space because my blog post about this will be up in the next day or so. I cannot recommend this film highly enough, especially for Journalism and Media Communications students! But also if you feel like being challenged to think about much darker areas within the media world… or just feel like watching a movie that will keep you transfixed, leaning forward and desperate to know what’ll happen next… Take a look at the trailer below and enjoy! 🙂 – H. x

ReferenceIMDb – Nightcrawler (2014)