Created By: BigMartin on March 31, 2012 Last Edited By: BigMartin on November 12, 2012

The News Isn't Good

A fictitious news broadcast looks unrealistic.....

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....despite guest roles/cameos from genuine newscasters.

Alternatively, in any drama - frequently on UK television - a prop newspaper that does not look like an actual newspaper
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  • March 31, 2012
    No complaining, please. Tropes do not complain.
  • April 3, 2012
    Maybe change the trope name. How about Blatently Not The Nine O Clock News? It is a trope, after all, and not just complaining.

    • Subverted/lampshaded in the Harry Potter films with the magical newspapers.
  • April 3, 2012
    Regardless of the trope name it is complaining. (Also consider that even if the name and description were neutral, it would attract Complaining About Shows You Dont Like examples.) "Looks unrealistic" is negative. It would have to be redefined and I'm not sure there is anything else there.
  • November 11, 2012
    Motion to discard.
  • November 12, 2012
    How is this complaining? Off the top of my head, I can suggest two examples, and with DmM's example, that makes the requisite 3. May overlap with Newscaster Cameo and Special Effects Failure, or be Special Effects Failure Meets Newscaster Cameo (SEF may also be seen as a "complaining" trope too, which raises the question of why it got a pass and this one is getting shot down. "Look at these awful special effects! Here's how they ruined the work.").

    Film Real Life
    • Several years after The War Of The Worlds was published, it was given a dramatic reading over the radio. People tuning in thought it was the news and freaked out.
  • November 12, 2012
    I think this is quite likely to happen when you see your country's news represented in another country's media.

    From my (admittedly limited) knowledge of special effects, it's not necessarily difficult to make roughly realistic-looking news channel graphics. Usually the jarring effect is just comparison to what we're familiar with, or a lack of channel identity that is in theory subtle but in fact jarring.

    I think I noticed this in V For Vendetta but don't remember that film very well.
  • November 12, 2012
    The SotD "example" does not match the description.

    The RL suggestion is false: the radio broadcast was many years after the book was published. Even if that were corrected, it is still a bad example: a lot of the freaking out was because it seemed like an authentic news report.

    I don't see anything that even tries to defend the idea that this is a trope. Why should it not be discarded?
  • November 12, 2012
    I'll stop defending it when you can prove it's complaining, and the Description Needs Help, so I can be forgiven for misinterpreting it. Like I said, it seems like the newsroom is a special effects fail despite them having hired a real newscaster to play a bit part in an effort to make it more realistic, which simply reinforces the fact that they didn't do their homework.
  • November 12, 2012
    Um I didn't say anything about stop defending. More like a request to defend against the actual criticism. So far it's just two non-examples. Convince someone (anyone) that this shouldn't be discarded. Good arguments do not include (much less depend on) "this other thing is also bad".

    This is complaining. Exhibit A: The laconic description is "A fictitious news broadcast looks unrealistic..." I rest my case.
  • November 12, 2012
    It doesn't need a hammer (specifically, the ban-hammer), it needs a scalpel (plus a medical stapler and a good plastic surgeon). Maybe if it were given a better name, like Obviously Fake Newscast and a new description like the one in last two of my posts. And I'm pointing out that other bad thing got the greenlight while this bad thing, which is a more specific version of the other bad thing, is getting hanged in the morning, and I admitted that was a "hilariously" bad caricature for the purpose of making me look sane by comparison.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable