I found the Kino-Eye piece by Vertov to be extremely relevant to today’s media climate. He wrote about the way motion pictures and popular media were all made for a certain class of people… people who can afford to regularly watch them. And these people, at least according to film producers, wanted to see an ideal imitation of their own lives rather than reality, which still occurs today.

Vertov favored a factual approach to cinema in order to connect with those that lacked adequate portrayals in the media; “We have come to serve a particular class, the workers and peasants not yet caught in the sweet web of art dramas,” (73). The realistic and gritty documentary style of filmmaking helps to accurately provide marginalized groups with the representation they need. While I believe that representation in said “art dramas” is also important and can significantly impact people’s lives, there are situations that call for authentic and unbiased documentation.

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  1. hannahginsberg says:

    I completely agree that the way Vertov spoke of the media climate is relevant to todays media society.Especially in relation to what we were talking about in class on how there really aren’t many television series that focus on poverty and even though there are some television series that do or somewhat focus on poverty they tend to be on “premium” cable networks which is considered to be elite since it must be paid for additionally to having regular cable – which ultimately means that only a certain class will be able to watch it.

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