Thursday, March 25, 2010

The importance of context

Here's an editorial from the Victoria Times Colonist that illustrates the need to preserve content and context when dealing with video.

Like the media's biassed editing of the Rodney King incident, "The video gives viewers a gut-wrenching sense of what happened during a brief period of time, less than a minute, early Sunday morning. What it does not show, however, is the initial assault, the arrival of the police, or the actions of all the men being arrested."

While the thrust of the piece is about "the need" for officers to utilise body worn video, I think it's subtext is that content and context is of vital importance ... and what happens (bad) when they aren't preserved.

Enjoy.

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