In her contribution to the Flow Special Issue on Loop Media, Toby Lee considers the multiple and repeating uses of looped documentary media in the national September 11 Memorial Museum, examining their their particular sense of timelessness and their relationship to collective historical trauma.Read more
Hybridity, Extratextuality and the Docudrama:
Re-evaluating ‘Spoilers’ in The Jinx
/ Keele University
Laura Minor explores the ambiguity of contemporary documentary forms, examining Andrew Jarecki’s documentary mini-series The Jinx in relation to the television documdrama, analyzing its hybridity, extratextuality, and its presentation of “real life” spoilers.Read more
Curtis’ cognitive mapping of the issues surrounding Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Western loss of faith in politicians and economic structures is turned into the formal structure of Bitter Lake, resulting in a documentary that provides a selective but convincing overview of an otherwise incoherent situationRead more
by: Adam Fish / UCLA
Subcultures become pop cultures and today’s underground emerges as tomorrow’s mainstream.
by: Cynthia Fuchs / George Mason University
While remaining largely unnoticed, Discovery Times’ Off to War provides a much needed perspective on the war in Iraq.
by: Eileen Meehan / Louisiana State University
“Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs — Seeing Is Believing,” serves as an example of the state of network news reporting.
by: Mary Beth Haralovich / University of Arizona
Recently, I was asked to comment on the credibility of reality television as compared to the credibility of street photography by artists like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and Cindy Sherman.
by: Jim McGuigan / Loughborough University
A recent TV documentary series prompted me to reflect upon the intellectual capacities of television, which are more often than not considered fairly limited.