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Taking TV to heart

2012-08-21 13:55
Last night I watched the third episode of The Newsroom on M-Net. It gave me the warm 'n fuzzies and suddenly I wanted to step up to the plate and be a hardcore, straight-down-the-line journalist.

As the show's main character Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) details in his opening soliloquy, he and his team want to deliver news that's not paid for by any company, not decided on by ratings and simply conveys the facts.

This question popped into my head: Is The Newsroom making "ethical, responsible" journalism trendy?

It's no secret that gossip, social media and jaw-dropping headlines are what draw in viewers and readers in our newsrooms.

But will a show like this make people yearn for "better" news reporting?

Perhaps only in the way that Grey's Anatomy makes us yearn for hotter doctors, but it's easier to voice your concerns about news reporting than it is to complain that your doctor is more of a McCreepy than a McDreamy.

The show intrigues me.

The heated debates between people who sound insanely intelligent make me feel like I need to grab a dictionary instead of that fashion mag. I want to re-investigate the real-world news events referenced in the plot - because what if the media was just pulling the wool over my eyes? I'm suddenly more careful about what I say and write. I'm more curious and cautious than ever before.

I know it's just a TV show, but isn't it great that just a TV show can be inspiring, even just to one person? I think it's pretty great.

But let me extrapolate my first question and say this: Will my "inspired" state of being die down after the season ends?

We'll see, and I'll keep you posted.

Which TV shows inspire you and why?

Or perhaps you think I'm delusional and I should realise it's JUST A TV SHOW. Whatever your thoughts - we want to hear them!

Send your thoughts, letters, feelings and favourite TV shows to

From the couch to the keyboard, here's to being inspired! 


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