Week 1: Adam King Response to Readings/Viewings

As a completely no-holds-barred liberal, both the Phillips reading and the Transmedia video have caused me to consider the role of the conservative stance in media. In many ways, it seems as if the right-wing ethos is in and of itself a complete opposition to the term “news.” As Massiah says in terms of the moral inspiration brought to her from Bambara, “…as cultural producers we have a real responsibility to help push the society forward and keep the society active in addressing lines of oppression.” Humans have always used storytelling as a way to keep our collective moral compass aligned. The notion of transmedia in general seems to be that we can use different methods of collaboration and perspective to make that alignment even clearer. Thus it seems that both story and media have helped us develop into a more compassionate and understanding species. We share the collective pains and misdirections, and use that shared knowledge to push ourselves forward. So how can a conservative mind frame that is weary of innovation and progress even exist in a modern transmedia reality? Perhaps the reason that Fox News relies on scare tactics and manipulation is because the very medium they are involved with is inherently opposed to their fundamental belief system. Did you see the story this weekend about how they reported on a fake Onion-like story of Obama using his own money to fund the museum for Muslim culture during the government shut-down? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/fox-news-anna-kooiman-obama-parody_n_4053994.html Of course they have to base themselves on lies – the very nature of the truth is in direct conflict with their jobs. It’s like throwing a man with no arms into a pool and hearing him rave about his swimming abilities as he sinks to the bottom. For him sinking is swimming, and he has no choice but to redefine the term as he has no possible way of interacting with its true meaning.

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