In today’s chat we discuss the media’s role in reporting the Bosnian War and we discuss debates surrounding the importance of objectivity in war reporting – specifically the controversial notion of journalism of attachment.
If you are interested in reading more about media coverage of the Bosnian War I would strongly recommend:
Martin Bell, In Harm’s Way, (https://amzn.to/3j0vS4x) This is a very good, albeit occasionally problematic, account of Bell’s time in Bosnia. Later editions contain some self-reflection and explanations about journalism of attachment.
Gregory Kent, Framing War and Genocide: British Policy and News Media Reaction to the War in Bosnia, NJ, 2006 (https://amzn.to/2Ed3MnJ) A more specialist text but very comprehensive.
Vulliamy, E. (1999) ‘”Neutrality” and the Absence of Reckoning: A Journalist’s Account’, Journal of International Affairs Spring, 52(2): 603-20
Maria Todorova, Imagining the Balkans, 1997 (https://amzn.to/2YmRLmF) A very impressive body of work that goes into detail about the use of stereotypes and tropes used in the war reportage and how that affected people’s perceptions.
History Fireside Chats are produced, recorded and researched by Dr Kristopher Lovell. The audio was recorded using the Samson G-Track Pro: https://amzn.to/2YU2cit
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The situation with corona has been unusual for me. I was born in Brasil and moved to Finland to study, but my parents are still in São Paulo. Things have been going great here. Thanks to quick action from the government and the local culture which already implicitly dictated some form of social distancing even before the pandemic, contamination has been control. From my parents’ side, however, things have not been going so great. I read about Brasil’s situation every day on the news. It feels like a race to be declared the worst country at dealing with corona, along with the US and Russia. Our proto-fascist president Bolsonaro, much like other proto-fascists of this time, chose decided to completely ignore the science and allow hundreds of thousands (or even millions!) to die. I am worried not for myself, but for my parents, both of which are old. I consider myself lucky that my parents do take the medical advice seriously and have been very careful with contamination, but such measures are useless if the rest of the community does nothing to prevent the spread of the disease. Today, while in a call with my mother, we spoke of the vaccine Russia has recently come up with. We are very hopeful a vaccine will be completed before the end of this year so they can come visit me, but I am not sure I trust Russia’s word on the safety of the vaccine. Please do not confuse my worry with any anti-vax sentiment, I simply want to make sure the data validates Russia’s claims before taking it. The vaccine has not been released to the general public yet. Last I heard, they have not released enough data publicly to ascertain that, so I will wait further. The worst part is that there is no happy ending to this pandemic, only less tragic endings.
This is just a very basic video for people who are unsure about how to start recording audio lectures. In this tutorial, I’ll go over some tips to get the most out of your phone, some of the reasons why I think you don’t need to spend extra money on new equipment, and how to perform some very basic edits on Audacity.
History Fireside Videos are produced, recorded and researched by Dr Kristopher Lovell. The first and last part of the video was recorded using the Canon 4000D (https://amzn.to/3fNFb6s) and the audio was recorded separately using the Samson SAC02 (https://amzn.to/3211eTx). The footage from the phone was taken using the Huawei P20 Lite (https://amzn.to/2XE5Xre).
As I said, I would avoid buying new equipment if possible. If however you want a relatively affordable way to bolster your sound quality I would suggest either: