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Constructing Reality: Exploring Media Issues in Documentary - The Politics of Truth

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Constructing Reality is designed to stimulate students to critically examine documentary filmmaking, television and culture. This section deals with conventions of authenticity, the creation of propaganda, the status of docudramas with their mix of fact and fiction and the biases involved in the construction of television news programs. These are particularly relevant issues in the light of the growth of "reality-based" television offerings, docudramas, "infotainment," and the increasing proportion of people who receive their information and view of the world from broadcast news. A resource book which includes teaching strategies, discussion questions, hands-on activities, as well as notes on the technical aspects of filmmaking and on the ethical questions and creative choices behind every documentary film is available.

1993, 72 min 40 s