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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2008, 15:50:35 »
This program was mainly about the citizens of the country, the appaling state they live in, the poverty, and what was being done via the different aid agencies. I can certainly understand why posters here are upset over certain elements of the program, but what was wrong with showing the living conditions and the work of the aid workers? Was that not depicted correctly?

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2008, 15:55:37 »
This program was mainly about the citizens of the country, the appaling state they live in, the poverty, and what was being done via the different aid agencies. I can certainly understand why posters here are upset over certain elements of the program, but what was wrong with showing the living conditions and the work of the aid workers? Was that not depicted correctly?

To whom are you asking? I didn't see anyone ***** about that................
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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2008, 15:57:09 »
Which begs the question - does the media ( in this case, the CBC) simply follow general public opinion and slant their "documentaries" in that direction, or does the media influence and form general public opinion itself? Or is it an endless cycle?



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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2008, 19:30:29 »
To whom are you asking? I didn't see anyone ***** about that................

I am asking anyone that watched the program and cares to answer.

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2008, 19:33:15 »
sgf: I'm eagerly awaiting the CBC documentary on Kosovo (see above), also a current NATO theatre, and scene--along with Serbia proper--of an aerial bombing campaign in 1999 of which Canada was a part. 

Also, this was not depicted at all (the March story too late, but the February?):

Afghan Pop Idol winner declared
BBC, March 21
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7309029.stm

Afghanistan's Pop Idol breaks barriers
BBC, Feb. 25
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7262967.stm

A bit of real cheer that might help have relieved the general gloom.  A bit more on this would have been in order too:

Cell-phone use booming in Afghanistan
Service providers bring communication to poor villagers

AP, August 28, 2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20479899/

Then there's this the program missed:

Canadian Forces advisory team adopts Kabul orphanage (been going on for some time, story date irrelevant)
Montreal Gazette, March 23
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=36778fe2-c65b-4edc-9755-d36138c2fea2&k=51098

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2008, 20:30:56 »
Which begs the question - does the media ( in this case, the CBC) simply follow general public opinion and slant their "documentaries" in that direction, or does the media influence and form general public opinion itself? Or is it an endless cycle?




Brother, I could write papers on that.  In fact, I have.  The short answer is that very little of what gets through in the media is objective, almost all of it serves a higher purpose to corporations since most media companies are only a subsidiary of larger groups.  Generally these groups have investments, if not ownerships, in certain fields that are damaged by different stories, and thus these stories are thrust to the back-line, or not told at all.  The focus is usually on stories that will help these companies turn a profit.

Media is also often controlled by its investors/advertisers.  If a company that invests in the paper/TV station doesn't like the story and threatens to pull their financial support if this show airs, the media will quite often pull the story as, in the end, they are not a public service - they are another company looking to turn a profit.

This is a VERY short answer to that question - for more on this read anything by Chomsky, specifically his points on the ways in which media is controlled.

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2008, 20:45:36 »
Chomsky is not to be taken seriously--a guest-post at Daimnation!:

Noam Chomsky deconstructed
http://www.damianpenny.com/archived/006796.html

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2008, 22:38:08 »
I understand that much of what he says is overblown and sensationalized (sorry, I haven't read that link yet, but I will)

HOWEVER

Some of the baselines of what he says are unquestionably true.  As well, he certainly isn't the only source who would say those things, he is simply the most ... outspoken I suppose?  First one that came to mind anyhow.  Regardless, I don't believe for a second that much of what comes through the media does so without a political or business agenda (avoiding the word corporate here because I am not anti-corporation, but if you use that in this sort of topic it seems to have certain connotations.)
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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2008, 22:51:13 »
I am asking anyone that watched the program and cares to answer.

No you're not. Just who is "complaining that living conditions were shown??" You asked "what is the problem with showing that??" Tell me this then, WHO said there was a problem with showing it?? No one here. Where, exactly, was this complaint made of "having a problem with showing living conditions" made at?

Not a single person here said anything about "living conditions", rather the ***** can be found here ... Yet again, you are putting words into people's mouths and ignoring the "facts" of actual posts made by them.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,72276.msg691731.html#msg691731

You are once again, spinning a thread in another trolling attempt & you got called on it.

Obviously, previous "unofficial" warnings on trolling have not worked.

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2008, 23:13:51 »
I am asking anyone that watched the program and cares to answer.

There's a certain way to present information like that in a clear, informative matter without spitting on the lives of the 81 soldiers who gave up their lives to try to help that country out. The CBC missed that angle, and reported the conditions in a way that made it look like NATO was a direct result of their hardships, and that Afghanistan would be a first world country without us there.

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2008, 23:21:43 »
There's a certain way to present information like that in a clear, informative matter without spitting on the lives of the 81 soldiers who gave up their lives to try to help that country out. The CBC missed that angle, and reported the conditions in a way that made it look like NATO was a direct result of their hardships, and that Afghanistan would be a first world country without us there.

Good answer, except for the fact that no one here actually made that particular complaint about the program.
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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2008, 00:34:08 »
There's a certain way to present information like that in a clear, informative matter without spitting on the lives of the 81 soldiers who gave up their lives to try to help that country out. The CBC missed that angle, and reported the conditions in a way that made it look like NATO was a direct result of their hardships, and that Afghanistan would be a first world country without us there.

extremely well put.  shame noone brought that up earlier.
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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2008, 10:01:45 »
There's a certain way to present information like that in a clear, informative matter without spitting on the lives of the 81 soldiers who gave up their lives to try to help that country out. The CBC missed that angle, and reported the conditions in a way that made it look like NATO was a direct result of their hardships, and that Afghanistan would be a first world country without us there.

When I watched the program I didnt get the sense that it tried to blame  NATO for anything. I didnt feel that program was primarily about NATO  but about the aid workers and their efforts to help the people have a better way of life. NATO was mentioned but only secondardy. I had read about the Afghanistan Idol article, and I think that Lima was extremely brave to participate and it will be interested to see if she suffers any reprussicions over taking part.  There was another link on the same page as the Idol one and some interesting things were said

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6763865.stm

so while I do think that its a good thing that there can be an Idol program there, more cellphone use, and all of that.. the main concerns are what was shown in the CBC program.. lack of an abundance of water, corruption, no electricity, and poor health care. I think the program concentrated on those aspects and what Western Aid can and should do to towards those efforts. In other words, sure strides have been made,but after this program and reading the articles this week in the Globe, lets hope the Western World realizes what a great amount of time, money and sadly lives will have to be given to achieve any difference in Afghanistan.

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2008, 10:06:21 »
sgf: I'm eagerly awaiting the CBC documentary on Kosovo (see above), also a current NATO theatre, and scene--along with Serbia proper--of an aerial bombing campaign in 1999 of which Canada was a part. 

Also, this was not depicted at all (the March story too late, but the February?):

Afghan Pop Idol winner declared
BBC, March 21
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7309029.stm

Afghanistan's Pop Idol breaks barriers
BBC, Feb. 25
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7262967.stm

A bit of real cheer that might help have relieved the general gloom.  A bit more on this would have been in order too:

Cell-phone use booming in Afghanistan
Service providers bring communication to poor villagers

AP, August 28, 2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20479899/

Then there's this the program missed:

Canadian Forces advisory team adopts Kabul orphanage (been going on for some time, story date irrelevant)
Montreal Gazette, March 23
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=36778fe2-c65b-4edc-9755-d36138c2fea2&k=51098

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Mark, any idea when this documentary on Kosovo will be shown? Sounds very interesting

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2008, 22:08:46 »
Irony, irony, I lust for sgf's brain :P

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Re: New CBC Show-Between Hope and Fear
« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2008, 23:02:13 »
Irony, irony, I lust for sgf's brain :P

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