Representation through Documentary: A Post-Modern Assessment

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Representation through Documentary: A Post-Modern Assessment

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Title: Representation through Documentary: A Post-Modern Assessment
Author: Arneson, Krystin
Date: 2012-03-30
Publisher: Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri--Columbia
Citation: Artifacts, 6 (2012)
Series/Report no.: Artifacts;6 (2012)
Abstract: Like photography, documentaries are a representational medium: They record and occasionally reconstruct the everyday reality viewers typically cannot experience themselves. Because photography is an indexical sign signifying truth, audiences understand the documentary, a moving photograph, to signify truth also. However, they are able to make the distinction between the “everyday reality” presented by documentaries and the fictive “reality” of cinematic films.
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