Video of the Week: "Democracy Dies in Darkness"

I was pretty unimpressed with last night’s Super Bowl commercials. They lacked the feel-good, inspirational messages of the past couple of years. One that did catch my eye was the Washington Post’s “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” It reminds me a bit of The New York Times “The Truth is Hard” campaign. Take a look:

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Here’s what we’ll be discussing in my classroom this week:

  • What does The Washington Post try to communicate about its newspaper in this video? What points of view do they neglect to tell?

  • Do you know what the images are of throughout the video? What effect does pairing these photos with the narration have on the video’s message?

  • Do you think it’s right for journalists to risk their lives in their work? Why or why not?

  • “Knowing empowers us. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free.” Do you agree with these statements? Why or why not?

  • “Democracy dies in darkness.” What effect does alliteration have on this message?