Friday, January 11, 2013
Reporter Is Mousy, But He's Game
The Vice Channel sends out a semi-intrepid reporter to the Big Sandy Shoot in Arizona.
Vice tries to cultivate a wild and crazy image about themselves. But considered dispassionately, they're the real squares, doing real reporting. Interesting and compelling things are going on in the world, and they go and look at them and report what they've seen. That's what reporting is, or at least what it used to be. No other news organization I know of would have used that gathering as anything but a pretext for a camouflaged editorial.
By being a kneejerk oppositionist, any other reporter would have missed out on discovering that shooting big guns is fun, and interesting, and the people that do it in Arizona seem like pleasant, friendly, and avuncular folks.