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Oswald Handling, Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University continues his talk on the Uses and Abuses of Argument on Television. In the first part of the programme, he examines some more of the... ways in which words and pictures are related on television, again using extracts from other A101 programmes The two ways shown are when words support pictures to explain or give facts about it and when words ask us to see pictures in a particular way. The second part of the programme contains a discussion between two speakers, demonstrating some of the uses and abuses of argument and assertion.
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Module code and title: A101, An arts foundation course
Item code: A101; 09
First transmission date: 19-04-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:24
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Producer: Richard Callanan
Contributors: Diana Bishop; Oswald Hanfling
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Debate; Philosophy; Television
Footage description: Hanfling summarises A101/02 'Uses and Abuses of Argument on Television, Programme 1. He explains that this programme will consider the relationship between TV pictures and their supporting words. Stills of a house are shown, once with a purely factual commentary, then with comments designed to make the house appear attractive, then unattractive. Hanfling explains the kinds of bias being used. Hanfling uses two black shapes ( a Maltese cross and a triangle) against a white background to show that objects can be visually interpreted in a variety of ways. Brief extracts from A101/16 and Al0l/22 are shown, after which Hanfling analyses the way that words and pictures combine in extracts. The extract from AlOl/22 is shown again, but with a different commentary added. Hanfling comments on the change of meaning produced. Similarly he discusses another extract from A101/16, analysing the relationship between words and pictures This treatment is then applied to another extract from A101/22. The remainder of the programme considers the uses and abuses of argument in TV discussions. Bishop and Schofield act out a TV discussion of A101/02, after which Hanfling comments on the poor arguments used. He identifies five characteristics of discussions, which are displayed on an animated chart. Bishop and Schofield continue their discussion so that the viewer can identify abuses as they occur. Hanfling identifies then when the discussion ends. The discussion between Bishop and Schofield is rejoined. When it ends Hanfling runs over the invalid arguments and assertions that have arisen. The same t.eatment is applied to a final bit of discussion. The discussion between Bishop and Schofield is played through without interruption.
Master spool number: 6HT/72742
Production number: 00525_3444
Videofinder number: 2599
Available to public: no