The connection between “Televisual Realism” and the concept of mass media
Mass media is a blanket term for a set of diversified technologies, concepts and more that are used to present contemporary news, ideas and ideologies and active debates on political, social and economic elements, and entertainment to people. In this context televisuality is one such technique of presenting information to society. The essay argues that the televisual realism is a part of everyday mass media which influences not only the audience watching it but also the people that are part of it.
The Media World
Hairman argues that the media creates its own worlds. Here there are skills and techniques used that are not immediately perceptible to a person. At this end of the argument, the media has the need to assert that it is televisually realistic in its representations, “it is the business of media in twentieth-century America to create the illusions that their world is no different from that of unmediated reality” (Hariman 81-82). In this context media often has to resort to chasing news, so as to present all elements of it, the news becomes a complex mix of narration, pictures, emotions and many more. This form of realism does attract audience as they connect with the news better, and it also impacts on the people watching it. In ways it also impacts on the people that are part of it.