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Perils of engaging with ‘full take’ drama ‘heroes’

The revelations about NZ’s GCSB mass, ‘full take’, surveillance of communications in Pacific countries have resulted in far less criticism of the government than Key’s decision to send troops to Iraq. This is in spite of the muddled, inadequate, contradictory responses by John Key.  And it is in spite of some mainstream and alternative media journalists/columnists criticisms of Key’s responses (see for instance, Andrea Vance, Gordon Campbell, David Fisher, Toby Manhire), and the fact that:

most of the targets are not security threats to New Zealand, as has been suggested by the Government.

Images of the likes of ‘Jihadi John’, ready made arch villain, for cowboys versus Indians style narratives, are likely to have a strong influence on many people’s political views – maybe more so than reasoned, evidence-based criticism.

Larger than life images of fictional (and fictionalised real) ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ provides the most direct means for large numbers to engage with political, social and economic issues. In the mainstream, images and related narratives of the likes of ‘Jihadi John’ may have more meaning for many Kiwis than references to faceless GCSB workers, or critics of mass surveillance.

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The Hillary Clinton TV fictions: “State of Affairs” s01e01

The pilot/season one episode 1 of State of Affairs, is a higher quality production than Madam Secretary (I wrote about this and other Hillary Clinton influenced TV fictions in earlier posts) .

State of Affairs (SoA) draws fairly innovatively on recent portrayals of female characters with, or connected to, political power. It slightly redefines women’s roles, but this is contained within the wider, masculine political and social institutions. – and corporate-dominated capitalist system.

Trailer for the first episode (episode shown this week on NZ TV3):

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The Hillary Clinton TV fictions: women and power – Madam Secretary

As I wrote in the first part of this series of posts,

Women who have political power are to some extent undermined by dominant attitudes about characteristics and values associated with male and female behaviour.  There is a fine balance that needs to be negotiated by women in, or seeking, the highest and most powerful political roles and leadership….

TV dramas inspired by Hillary Clinton’s public life have been achieving some renewed significance at a time when many are expecting her to make a second run for the US presidency.

The last post focused on The Good Wife, which was partly inspired by Hillary and Bill Clinton’s relationship, and is now looking to veer towards Hillary’s more political activities. Another such Hillary Clinton inspired dramas is Madam Secretary.

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The Hillary Clinton TV fictions: women and power – The Good Wife

Women who have political power are in an ambivalent position.  Their power is to some extent undermined by dominant attitudes about characteristics and values associated with male and female behaviour.  There is a fine balance that needs to be negotiated by women in, or seeking, the highest and most powerful political roles and leadership. Previously I have posted on some of these contradictory forces with respect to recent coverage of issues related to NZ Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei: those to do with leadership, and issues to do with economics, finance and state intelligence services.

TV dramas inspired by Hillary Clinton’s public life have been achieving some renewed significance at a time when many are expecting her to make a second run for the US presidency. Some of these representations are showing on NZ TV screens, and thus likely to have have some influence on political and gender attitudes in this country. One of these programmes is The Good Wife.

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‘We need public service TV’ in NZ

‘We need public service TV’ protest

As I posted here, NZ is sadly lacking in journalism that relentless pursues half-hidden and many-sided truths in a way that is neccessary for democracy to thrive. TV news and current affairs programmes are particularly influential in with their coverage of political issues.  As Nicky Hager argued, we are in need of journalism that reports in the interest of the public and those with least power; a journalism that speaks truth to power. For television, this need has been heightened since the demise of Stratos and TVNZ7 on Freeview.

Yesterday, The Scoop Team reported that there have been big pay rises for top TVNZ people.

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