Dawn of the eye. Episodes 5 and 6 [videorecording] /
A productions of CBC Television in co-production with BBC and in association with the History Channel.
Toronto, ON : Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, c2005.
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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Toronto, ON : Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, c2005.
contents note
tThe electronic battalions (1975-1988) -- Embattled witness (1989-1997)
credits note
Embattled Witness: Producer, Mark Starowicz.
Narrator, Kenneth Welsh.
The electronic battalions: Writer, producer, director, William Cobban.
general note
Originally produced in 1997.
Director of photography, Michael Sweeney ; music, Eric Robertson, Claude Desjardins.
Embattled witness: A history of the news camera from 1989-1997. Follows the news coverage of the Persian Gulf War where television journalists were severely restricted. Shows the emergence and influence of "infotainment" programs and tabloid television. Shows how the major networks in competition for audiences, began imitatting these by covering sensational trials, culminating with the O. J. Simpson trial. Discusses how "cultural sovereignty" became a significant issue, especially in Canada, with the increasing power of the U.S. to impose its cultural values on the world through technology and global television.
The electronic battalions: A history of the news camera from 1975-1988. Shows how satellite technology revolutionized new coverage by making it global and live, and often allowing participants to manipulate global coverage to their own advantage. In response to the growing power of the media, head of government in the U.S., Britain and Canada sought to control it by using the nature of the television image for their own purposes or by exerting political pressure. Shows television's influence at Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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