OXFORD MEDIA SOCIETY
Even the weather hasn’t managed to avoid the Fifth Week Blues, and I’m afraid the third instalment of Trinity’s Committee Recommends is not particularly cheery either. The state of the British media is examined in a few of these pieces within the context of the BBC’s Princess Diana interview and the sugar-coated obituaries to Fleet Street’s John Kay. We also look at the injustices faced by black children growing up in the 70s and current residents of the Gaza Strip. It is not all doom and gloom, however, as some precarious positives coming out of the pandemic are highlighted…
This BBC piece details the background to the stories that are heard in the new documentary Subnormal: A British Scandal. This issue was also brought to light in the episode Education of Steve McQueen’s mini-series Small Axe.
Lord Dyson’s report “found that the BBC covered up ‘deceitful behaviour’ by [Martin] Bashir to obtain it”. This article examines why the interview was so controversial.
IN THE NEWS
The death of the journalist John Kay led to an outpouring of glowing obituaries from The Sun, where Kay worked, amongst other jobs. His successful career is highlighted, but the fact that he killed his wife before he achieved most of these successes was pushed to the side. Our President, Joe, labels this “An important example of tabloid hypocrisy as on the same pages they eviscerate Martin Bashir”.
This quick read from the Guardian looks at the Home Secretary’s recent comments on the BBC and the future of this corporation.
This is a really insightful article on what remote working could look like in the future and why it doesn’t have to be considered an isolating experience.
Here Tortoise details the decision the PM needs to make between economic and human health. Lottie, our Pres-Elect, describes it as a good “reality check”.
A BIT OF LISTENING
This podcast starts with the Sony hack in 2014 but goes beyond this in tracing the causes. Lizzie, our Sponsorship Lead, says that “It’s an interesting investigative podcast released weekly that in some way a is a relief from daily, overwhelmingly negative news podcasts (not that it’s particularly optimistic!)”.
THE WATCH LIST
This documentary, directed by Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg, begins with the humble premise of filmmaker Zachary Capp looking to make a film about Larry Lang, the best onion ring maker in the world. It soon transforms into Zachary’s exploration of addiction through the perusal of the perfect film ending. Agata, our Head of Events brands it as a “Unique premise and a brilliant watch“.
This short video provides us with a first-hand perspective of the atrocities taking place in Palestine. To understand the recent events further, this BBC article from Newsnight may be helpful.
FEAST YOUR EYES
“London Is Starting To Bristle With Life”: Misan Harriman Captures A Post-Lockdown Capital For Vogue
Misan Harriman may be recognised for his Vogue cover shoot with Marcus Rashford and Adwoa Aboah last year or the portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they announced that they were expecting a second child. These new photographs offer precarious glimpses of London out of lockdown.