新聞卡通化是壞事

The problems of cartoonification of Hong Kong news

蘋果新聞一開始便跟 USA Today 的作風:多圖片/照片小文字,走大眾化是蘋果的商業決定。在商言商,亦未必一定影響新聞的水準。

但近月蘋果動新聞,已經將新聞卡通化,而卡通化其中一個問題是容易誤導讀者將事情表面化、簡單化。報紙新聞原本的功能是令讀者有機會得到更詳細更準確的認知,但新聞卡通化之後就反而令人以為卡通所見的便是事實。

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – Arthur Miller

A bad newspaper, I suppose, is a crack dealer selling news.

香港新聞有這樣的發展絕對是壞事。蘋果編輯們應該清楚這些壞處,希望蘋果編輯們能早日明白黎智英老板以經濟信仰辦報紙是有副作用的,希望有腦的蘋果編輯們能早日康復,起死回生。

以下是一些蘋果動新聞片段。另外comments有精彩觀點是非辯論。

*** “子看電視悉母被的士撞死” (Selling death. And making the death of a stranger’s mother “entertaining”. It is not that far from selling crack is it?)

*** “思鄉印傭跳樓亡” (Selling death again. While I don’t know the details but why investigate, why try to do a proper report when the reporter can simply quote the police and the employer?)

*** Tiger Woods (Sex sells. And Apple Daily knows it by heart.)

9 Responses to 新聞卡通化是壞事

  1. hevangel says:

    不是每個人也會看Economist﹐Wall Street Journal那些高深報導。對於那些連新聞也不看的人﹐容易入口吸引他們讀﹐總好過讓他們什麼也不讀吧。

    反正大部份新聞只是noise﹐沒有什麼重要的新聞價值﹐當娛樂來寫有什麼問題﹖你說那些乜鬼風化案﹐撞車跳樓﹐名人緋聞﹐要不要有深入分析﹖我認為有深入分析價值的新聞﹐不會是那是每天電視播三十秒的個別新聞事件news﹐而是trend。Trend的分析不用天天更新﹐以月刊或雜誌形式報導就足夠了﹐甚至一才出一兩本書也夠。每天的報紙﹐不過是給些background information﹐只要讀者知道大慨﹐讀得明深入分析就OK了。

  2. kempton says:

    “對於那些連新聞也不看的人﹐容易入口吸引他們讀﹐總好過讓他們什麼也不讀吧。” So this is your justification to lowering the standards to the lowest common denominator? How about those who can’t read at all? Why put words? Why not turn the whole news piece to cartoon? Why use real photos? Currently Apple Daily’s trend is to “imagine” the juicy bits from ANY accounts (verified or not, true or not) anyway, it seems.

    “反正大部份新聞只是noise﹐沒有什麼重要的新聞價值﹐當娛樂來寫有什麼問題﹖” I am glad you are not a journalist. But then, your thinking probably works well in the editorial room of Apple Daily. And sorry, it is not meant to be a complement.

    P.S. I’ve added a few example videos to the piece.

  3. hevangel says:

    According to your logic, we only need universities and we can close primary school and kindergarten. This kind of low end news serves a different market. It’s not lowering the standard, rather it is boarding the population of news reader.

    Say using your clips as example, the fill details of the son watching TV, the maid jumping down or Tiger Wood’s bubble thoughts, how can it degrade journalism? What’s the value of those news to begin with?

  4. kempton says:

    Horace,

    I am not sure if I follow your logic re universities and closing primary school at all. I wonder if there are any logic in them?

    Lets talk about the videos. What is the “use” or “news value” in seeing someone’s mom, who died in a car accident, for the public to see her animated body being hit by a car and her body bouncing?

    If this is not turning someone’s death as entertainment, I don’t know what is. There is a line for bad taste, and Apple has crossed it by a mile. I am sorry you don’t feel the sorrow for the poor woman’s family and her loved ones. May be your heart is as cold as steel where you would feel perfectly acceptable if that woman was your loved one.

    For me, I don’t care I have never met this woman and don’t even remember her name, I feel sad for her passing, I feel sad for her family. I feel if she can’t speak for herself, I will speak on her behalf against this kind of exploitation of her death, turning her death as entertainment by Apple Daily news.

    Apple Daily’s editors, animators, everyone in the chain of command that make and approve the piece should be ashamed of themselves. And Apple Daily employees’ near this group of people who could have talked some sense into them should also be ashamed of themselves for not speaking up.

    Of course, it will always be easier to stay silent and protect one’s job than saying something that may or may not offend those in power. Again, I expect too much from HK reporters.

    re: the maid that was reported to have jumped to her death. Again, do we need to see her body drop and bouncing to her death? Selling death as entertainment is not much different from a crack dealer selling news. Also, have the reporters thought of doing more investigative reporting before making a judgement.

    Oh, I forgot, Apple Daily reporters are too busy to report. It is much more time efficient to report what the police tells them, and what the employer tells them. All actual reporting (talking to the neighbours, even calling the maid’s family to investigate, etc.) that takes time are NOT part of the norm at Apple Daily. Excuse me, I had mistaken them as real reporters again. I think I may be kidding myself to call some of them second-rate reporters as some of them are mouth-piece that has a j-school degree at best.

  5. hevangel says:

    There are high-education (university) and low-education (primary school), they serves different students. Having primary school does not imply lowering our education standard as long as the university keep up with their academic requirements. The same analogy, there are high-news (Economists, WSJ) and there are low-news (Apple), having the low-news is not lowering of news standard.

    We see dramatizing of other people’s death every day, there are tons of “base on true stories” movies out there. There is nothing wrong or cold heart watching other dramatize version of people’s death, then what’s wrong watching similar stuff in Apple news?

    I am not going to argue the Apple news are not bad taste, since taste is subjective. But there is a market for this kind of news and people love watching them. We don’t want to see a society that only those so called government approved “good-taste” stuff are allowed to broadcast, that’s how communist China censors the freedom of speech.

    Without double, those CG cartoon makes the news more interesting to watch. Is it better to see the reporter in front of the camera reading the news, or is it better to have some CG cartoon help the audience visualize what had happened? A picture worth a thousand words, an animation must worth a lot more words.

    I don’t think the Apple reporters or editors should feel ashamed, just like a primary school teacher should not be ashamed in front of a university professor. Apple never pretend to be WSJ, it states very clear that they are entertainment-style news from the very beginning. Their target audience are those who don’t bother to watch other boring news, never mind the the in depth analysis you will find in high-news.

  6. kempton says:

    You are right that taste is subjective. In the name of “freedom of press”, a lot of things can be done and written, but it is up to the society (the HK society) to check-and-balance what is acceptable taste.

    Your are confusing dramatizations we call movies to what we are dealing with – news. News that just happened one day before.

    The main problem I see with Apple Daily is its lack of basic decency in the pursue of a story, a sale of a copy of newspaper, or as I call it — crack dealer selling news.

    I have no problem defending Apple Daily when it is attacked by the Chinese government and HK government. At the same time, I have no problem wanting and telling Apple to tone down its dead bodies bouncing cartoon and ass-slapping Tiger Wood bedroom cartoons.

  7. kempton says:

    I suppose it is important to be sensitive and sensible. I have no problem with this report.
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    Again, “freedom of press” is important but its power is not absolute. If it will do anything and everything to increase sales and make money, then I see not much difference with them and crack dealer or pimp.

  8. hevangel says:

    ha… funny, I am totally opposite. I OK with the bouncing dead bodies, but I think the “airplane almost crash” is unacceptable. The cartoon news exaggerated too much that its representation is misleading. The planes pretty far away, and the dog fight like evade maneuver in the cartoon is too unrealistic.

  9. kempton says:

    Have you heard of TCAS and understand how it works? For the purpose of general viewers, I don’t remember Apple’s depiction being too unrealistic. While I am not an expert of TCAS but I did work in an ATC project for some years and did study TCAS’s operation in a very high level manner. So I am not just wildly speculating my way here when I talk about TCAS mode of operations.

    You can find more info here,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_Collision_Avoidance_System

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