I watched The Newsroom last night and I liked it!
What I find most interesting isn’t the show itself but the conversations around it. Those in the industry looking for moments - either to trash it, or to find a gem of truth in it. Funny enough - the veterans of the job, Mansbridge & Rather, are more open minded to find some amusement and entertainment in it all.
Yes, there will be themes about juggling the news. The challenges in the decisions and weight of it all. Yes there will be long winded speeches about how to change the world ( it’s Sorkin after all ). But that’s not what caught my eye.
What I saw was the active targeting of the lazy and those who assume and regurgitate.
The shows opener takes the easy blow of targeting students; those that are still in the midst of learning and making up their minds; those that can be impressionable by their mentors and teachers. The question, “why is america a great country,” is a little presumptuous isn’t it? That’s like asking “Is you mother a whore?”
In the midst of the show they go into the systemic issue of defining what’s news. The shots of the computer program that seems to be making the decisions. The script that somehow vilifies the people who blindly follow it.
I’m feeling there’s going to be some pot shots at the newbies entering the media industries
But somehow I’m thinking these questions have been asked before, and they will always be asked. The ultimate point, is the act of questioning, in itself, is the first step