Thursday, January 17, 2013

HBO's "The Newsroom" - Getting the News right

I'm a fanatic when it comes to TV series. I am fascinated with stories in fiction, sci-fi and crime genres. Drama is a little bit off my radar. However, I constantly browse for new series that can grab my attention with the help of IMDB's discussion board. In the previous weeks, I was hooked with #SUITS.

 "On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers." See complete Suits Plot Summary

After the first season of Suits, I was in the pursuit of finding a good series again. I was intrigued with "The Newsroom" so I gave it a try. Initially my first thought is that it would be boring. I mean who wants to see a room full of people discussing what news to deliver? right?People taking calls, writing notes, shouting to each other - a completely normal day in the stock market.  And yet I was completely mistaken. And I mean GREATLY mistaken. Watching a few episodes gives you a different perspective of what news is. Gives respect to people who risks their personal interest for the profession. How television and media conforms to what the greater audience wants and left out the vital information that we should be sharing. Information that should be worth sharing - and must be discussed.

The Newsroom Plot
The Newsroom: The Complete First Season 

A news anchor, Will McAvoy, returns from a forced vacation to find his staff have jumped ship for another show. He is forced to work with several new team members brought on board during his absence.
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The Newsroom is an American drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin, airing on HBO, that chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel.

I felt a little disappointed since I am among the people cultivating entertainment to be on top of everything on the news. It's like celebrity gossip is a trend no one can put down. What I learned from it is that as much as we love talking about the pretty faces in Hollywood, we should be civilized through real informative NEWS. HBO's "The Newsroom" would make you cry and feel proud. I highly recommend it.

Here's an excerpt on the first episode which is nothing but utterly breathtaking.

We Just Decided To [1.01] 
Will: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it any time he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes; it costs airtime, column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?

Sharon: Hey!

Will: [to Lewis] And with a straight face, you're gonna tell students that America's so star-spangled awesome, that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. [laughs] So 207 sovereign states in the world, like a hundred and eighty of them have freedom.

Moderator: Alright–

Will: And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there's some things you should know, and one of them is, there's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student. But you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period. So when you ask, "what makes us the greatest country in the world?" I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Yosemite? [Pause] We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn't belittle it, it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election. And we didn't... we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things, and to do all these things, because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. [Pause] Enough?




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