The Friends of Cook Memorial Library have received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Television: The Art and Ethics of Manipulation.” Television documentary producer John Gfroerer will give this talk on Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the library.
This program is free and open to the public, and directly follows the Friends’ of Cook Memorial Library annual meeting and luncheon, which begin at 11:30 a.m., both of which are also free and open to the public.
In his talk, John Gfroerer will explore the power of television as a communication medium and the ethical implications of manipulating the viewer by means of the choices made behind the camera through the final editing process. By examining the artistic techniques used to persuade, induce, and entice us, Gfroerer will ask us to consider the extent to which television teaches or simply tantalizes us. Are ethical boundaries crossed by the use of these techniques, and to what extent as media consumers should we care?