Media Musings Blog Archive Barker imagines a world without commercialism Imagine Geoffrey Barker was a woman.
No, really, have a go. Imagine he was blonde and had "pert and perky breasts". Not only would his piece have been far buy burberry outlet online more ironic, like Tracey Spicer's, but would there have been nearly as much uproar? Well, probably. Barker decided that good looking female journalists, who are blonde and have great breasts, are cheap to hire and use burberry crossbody bag empty words. He also implies that good female journalists are only on SBS and ABC and are not as good looking. One would think that this would anger several people, both good looking journalists and the not so good lookingones. While Barker did not make many insightful or true comments, a close reading of the piece may reveal what Barker was actually trying to say: that modern reporting in commercial news is trivialised and not as serious as it should be. One can agree with his point by assessing the following: Several women (and men) in commercial news wear heavy make up and have unimaginably perfect hair. This is generally due to the make up department, rather than the individual choice of our sexy reporters. Simple language is used in commercial news. Perhaps to assist the target audience in effectively understanding the news. Remember, people who want more in depth news can always watch ABC or SBS. Some commercial news networks are attempting to their flagship newscast with their current affairs program. Maybe Barker was right in saying that commercial news is a bit over the top. But he has missed a crucial point: commercial news is commercial. They're in it for the money. Commercial channels will choose better looking people and simpler language to convey news and keep people watching. That's how money making tends to work. So, Barker made some ridiculous points, and one mediocre point but failed to show that commercial networks operate differently. It's hard to do hard hitting news because of the diverse audience watching. Fewer audiences watch ABC and SBS because commercial news more engaging to a layperson. Perhaps Barker was too busy looking at pert and perky breasts and artfully tumbling hair to realise that. ABC, barker, blonde, commercial news, engaging, geoffrey barker, sbs, sexism, sparkling blue eyes Posted under: Future of media, Media ethics Dated: May 14 2013 The gender stuff is all misogynist bullshit designed to attract hits (and it worked), but at the heart of his argument is a belief that burberry us store commercial news is failing in its democratic function. This is not exactly new, hence the need to dress it up with sexist accoutrements. 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