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'CONVERSATIONS' ABOUND IN MEGHAN AND HARRY INTERVIEW

     Last Sunday's interview with Meghan and Harry was a bit confusing to this critic when figuring out what the discussion was really about became more difficult. Did the discussion primarily concern the couple's troubles with being part of England's monarchy? Was it about racism since Meghan identifies herself as being biracial?  Was it about the relationship between the royal family and the English tabloids?  Was it about interviewer Oprah Winfrey's  position as a well-known  celebrity herself?      It's apparent that most all of the various messages during the interview inspired  points-of-view that were negative. For example, the royal family did not come off as belonging to a particularly positive "institution." For that matter, journalism in Great Britain also seemed to be a negative "institution ." Similarly negative is the powerful role Winfrey plays in America journalism: at times we are not sure what side she was taking. Often, too

POETRY AND THE PENDEMIC: ENTER TV

       The Pandemic has inspired all kinds of changes in communication because we now stay home to send and receive messages. Consider obvious alterations, like no theatre-going or film - viewing so we can avoid direct contact with crowds. In fact, we can't enjoy other performing art forms as usual either, where groups congregate, such as concerts and ballets. Simply put, there are no more live audiences, or at least, a lot less of them.      What about changes in other kinds of art forms?  Poetry, for example, doesn't usually need an audience, yet accommodations must be made to deal with people who do not have access to book stores and libraries yet want to read or listen to poetry readings. Enter TV where individuals reciting poetry is possible. At Joe Biden's Inauguration, Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman made a significant impression with her poetry  (as did Maya Angelou did with President Clinton's similar celebration ).       Local writer, artist and poet Haim Mi

WHEN BOTH WORDS AND IMAGES COUNT: RIOTERS STORM THE CAPITOL

       As a media critic, I am very familiar with two particular expressions promoting the importance of visual images: " A picture is worth a 1,000 words" and " If you can show it, don't say it" ( relating to film). Last week's  January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol  by so-called "protestors" showed these salient quotations in action.  But not entirely.       Words also played an essential part in the broadcasting of the event, much to the surprise of many viewers. Mid- afternoon coverage showed the action beginning as crowds took to the Capitol steps, open spaces and nearby streets, and later, to the inside of the building itself. Oddly enough, we were not privy to close-ups of the perpetrators, random people, police or reporters. We primarily only saw long-shots of the Capitol and the rioters. Images were limited, at least the kind we are used to seeing at other relatively recent protests in places like Baltimore, New York and  Lansing. More