We live on the same planet, we experience a common reality (an objective reality), and yet we see things differently. However, cameras made it possible to share our own point of view, to let people see what you see.
Different realities in a common reality
We live on a single planet called “the Earth”. We share the same society, our society, and yet we do not live our lives the same way nor do we see things the same way. We live in the same objective reality, but we create our own subjective reality within it. Different feelings. Different desires. Different aspirations in life. Different ways of thinking. Different childhoods. We are all different, and we are bound to meet someone with a different point of view.
Because we apprehend differently what we see, we often come into conflicts with those who do not share our point of view.
We started seeking some ways to find common ground. Among those ways, facts are used to let people agree with each other on a certain extent. Nevertheless, even facts are interpreted differently and it becomes difficult to express ourselves when everyone believes in their own interpretation, shutting themselves from any other “truth”.
The use of cameras, a new era
In a world where an excessive amount of truths exist, we needed to find a way to reduce that number. Writing. A good way to express yourself, but hard to keep your reader entertained until the end. They may forget what you wrote half-way. Radio. Good to attract more people, bad to show your opinion effectively.
And then you have the camera. An invention made to see the world through a lens.
Videos. Pictures. Cameras gave us what writing and radio shows could not: the ability to show the world the way we see it (through visual and the use of emotions). Armed with a camera, you can take pictures of events in a specific angle to show them the way you want people to interpret it.
Cameras in journalism
A homeless in the streets. A boy at his parents’ funeral. Corpses on a battlefield. Journalists know how to take advantage of a camera. They show the world in a certain angle, emphasizing a certain aspect at the expense of another. From each angle, a story is born. From each angle, many stories are born.
Journalists play with the emotions of the viewers to lead them to think in a certain way, the way journalists want them to think. Shocking images. They reduce the number of realities people can interpret, leading them to view the event in a common way because of a common feeling created by the video/picture.