Good Night And Good Luck : A Cultural Impact

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Good Night and Good Luck: A Cultural Impact In the world of Good Night and Good Luck broadcast journalism was in it’s infancy, television had seeped into the homes and lives of the public, and Americans lived in fear of an invasion of the red. This isn’t too different from our world today: instant-access journalism is on the rise, the internet has captured our lives, and Americans live in fear of an invasion of foreigners. George Clooney’s film has a remarkable timelessness to it, which goes far beyond the confines of the screen. Clooney is able to encapsulate the struggles of the past to reflect on our current political crisis. By utilizing Murrow’s famous “Wires and Lights in a Box” speech, Clooney use the real words of his protagonist…show more content…
Murrow continues his speech to elaborate on the power of broadcast journalism. Murrow explains that the television is a platform to educate and inform the public. It is a place for debating and questioning the status quo. Yet, it is being used for entertainment and mundaneness.

“I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. Just once in awhile let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night, a time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education. And a week or two later, a time normally used by Steve Allen is devoted to a thoroughgoing study of American policy in the Middle East. Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged? Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain? Would anything happen, other than a few million people would have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine the future of this country -- and therefore the future of the corporations?”

The media shouldn’t be owned by corporations or viewership numbers. The television is a power platform that is broadcasted directly into the homes, and minds, of almost every American. It has the ability to come into people’s lives to
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