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Christopher Webb CMCL 392: Media Genres Professor Segal September 19, 2011 The difference between speaking about and speaking with a film subject is that speaking about is like shedding the light or exposing problems of others, which most documentaries consist of. Speaking with is being somewhat in the place or position of the issue and their perspective as oppose to speaking about which is another person’s perspective and “voice”. The consequences of documentaries being seen as "as an articulation of a point of view," rather than a “a window to reality” is that it puts more pressure on validity of the films content and subjects. If people see documentaries as an articulation of a point of view then basically they are calling it rhetoric or scripted. Documentaries cannot be taken seriously nor regulated efficiently to be treated as so if viewers aren’t buying in to the message and information. The filmmakers are going to be challenged with trying to find new ways to resonate realism with
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Unformatted text preview: audiences who are tired and spoiled by imagination. Seeing a movie about homelessness and actually seeing it will end up being hard to differentiate and the seriousness of the situation will then be no serious then what was portrayed. Ruby and others are cynical to the possibility of sharing authority because of the fact that “there is a unspoken assumption about the validity of the interviews(49).” Ruby believes that what most people say about themselves can only be interpreted not taken as the real truth. There are certain people who are benefiting as well as having some form of power by speaking for others and not themselves. Ruby believes is not right for a person to speak for others and as well as a whole culture whether they are a part of it or not. Rouch’s vision suggests that we should allow the whole culture or more people to be actively in the film (documentary), so that there will be more than one perspective/...
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