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July 03, 2006

Media war

Apropos doing it, vs making media about it: Yesterday's Sunday Times in London contained an extraordinary account of fighting and near-death encounters in Afghanistan. The narrative concludes with the following surreal event: “Tribal elders are shown into a room where a projector has been set up. Someone in London has come up with the idea of making a film to show locals. It comprises five minutes of the underwater BBC series, Blue Planet, followed by a message from the Governor of Helmand, followed by five more minutes of Blue Planet. The tribal leaders sit in utter bafflement as images of whales and dolphins are projected on the wall”. (Sunday Times, 2 July 2006 page 4).

Posted by John Thackara at July 3, 2006 08:41 AM


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