|English | Español||April 26, 2018 | Issue #62|
“We are sending our love down the well”
An Episode of The Simpsons and the School of Authentic Journalism
By Hugo Ramírez
In this episode Bart, using a transistor radio, pretends he is “Timmy O’Toole,” an innocent child who falls down a well. In sum, the episode involves the formation of a large solidarity movement guided by a song titled “We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well” and the disillusion of the people of Springfield upon finding out that it all was a prank.
Bart then falls down the well trying to get back his radio, while everybody in town loses any interest in rescuing him. The repudiation caused by his lie leads everyone in town to turn their backs, including Kent Brockman (the TV news anchor) who ignores the story – now real – of Bart in the well and decides instead to feature a story about “a squirrel that looks like Abraham Lincoln,” a squirrel that later would be assassinated, causing the media to follow the story “all night long if need be.”
My proposal to you, kind reader: Send your love down the well! Think about the mass media, every day farther and farther from reality, and about the traditional journalism schools that mainly work so that the media’s preconceptions are complied with again and again.
Don’t fall in the trap. Don’t believe that commercial journalism is invincible and that the realities untold by the big media chains will never be told. Send your love down the well, and maybe you won’t have to keep watching stories from your home like that about a squirrel that looks like Abraham Lincoln.
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