This recent article in the NYTimes illustrates how the way we inform ourselves is changing, and that it’s increasing access to some serious topics.
‘Bush’s War,’ was produced for the fifth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq, and is avaiable to watch, online, for free. It has set a viewing record, with more than 1.5 million views of all or part of the program. It is powerful stuff (and makes me especially glad that we kept our troops home, even if Mr Key did say we were “MIA… during the war in Iraq”).
The article also notes that Frontline has streamed most of its documentaries free since 2002 (www.pbs.org/frontline), part of an effort to reach younger audiences. I only wish we had these in depth documentaries generated more often in NZ.
NB: For those who are interested in other Iraq posts you can visit this one that discusses Mr Key declaring that the war is over.