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June 02, 2006

Rhetorical television

Warren Ellis increases my vocabulary with "rhetorical television"; a most useful expression and one with echoes in the smarter parts of the blogosphere (if in comics not so much).

There’s a thing that’s sometimes called “rhetorical television”: where someone walks around on screen, basically, and tells you what they think on a given topic. Here’s how I perceive the world, they say, and here’s the history and the evidence to back it up. It’s what we in Britain call Reithian, after Lord Reith of the BBC; the idea that tv can be both compelling and educational.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 2, 2006 10:27 AM