In 2009, a shocking crime documentary was released which wasn’t used for the sole purpose of generating profit. “The Cove” starring a renowned dolphin trainer “Richard O’Barry”, exposed the secret and horrific slaying of dolphins and the impact it had on human health in Taijii, Japan. The reason I chose this form of media to discuss, was because it was a form of media that wasn’t trying to cover up the truth, it slapped me straight in the face! I felt like I could trust and believe what I was listening to, because the forms of media used were not being controlled as the “nervous system of democracy” much like FOX.
Although much of the media I watch is reality TV, I found this documentary incredibly saddening and as if I was experiencing it firsthand. “The media serves the interests of those in power” acknowledged by Sue Turnball in the lecture, and I both agree and disagree with this statement in relation to “The Cove”. Richard O’Barry had power but chose to use media to help save humanity and the welfare of animals. However, the Japanese government could do little to stop their secret practices being shown around the world.
Whilst the diversity of media ownership is declining, this documentary is a clear example that there are still forms of media and people that control it, that don’t want to push people’s perceptions of the world in the same direction. This is also known as contested ideologies, a debate between multiple parties about the content of media being published. This is evident as the American film companies tried to gain mass exposure of the film and in Japan “The Cove was banned because using a base venue to display the film could be seen as an endorsement of the film” Wikipedia, 2013. The New York times, being on one side of the media debate, who described the movie as “no angry enviro-rant but a living, breathing movie whose horrifying disclosures feel fully earned”. For the full story, http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/456663/The-Cove/overview
“The Cove” was used as a media platform and therefore has touched the lives of many. Including exposing the truth to many innocent people around the world, delivering information to the people of Japan whom were oblivious to the operations and causing conflict for the Japanese government, mwahaha. You decide! The link below will give you access to the whole documentary
If you were compelled by the documentary, which I’m sure you were, take action now! “You don’t have to fly to Taijii to make your voice be heard” http://www.thecovemovie.com/