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:
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?