This past week we discussed Vertov’s Kino Eye and the manifesto that he wrote surrounding this movement. For Vertov, it was meant to truly capture an authentic lifestyle, rather than perpetually portraying bourgeoisie and its unrealistic societal representations. In the creator’s mind, this process will “accelerate the destruction of bourgeois, artistic cinema,” and therefore allow the common people to define the cinematographic narrative (Vertov 71). I found it ironic that the Kino Eye group’s critic of cinematography at the time is what, to some extent, it has become today. Ultimately, visual media is often used as a distraction and is used to manipulate our perceptions. Even documentaries, which push us to see new and rising issues, must omit, control, form the footage to support their argument. To some extent, even entertainment in its loose form can quickly become propaganda when a specific agenda is trying to be put forth. Especially now, in a world where different forms of media are constantly competing against one another, trying to stand for one thing or another, their “entertainment” begins to take on aspects of propaganda. Where is the line between propaganda and entertainment?


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