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Edward R. Murrow (1908)

Known for his trademark signoff, "Good night, and good luck," Murrow was an American journalist who became famous for his series of dramatic radio news broadcasts from London rooftops during German bombing raids in World War II. He later became a pioneer of television news broadcasting and produced a series of reports that helped turn public opinion against anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. Rarely seen without a cigarette, Murrow was said to smoke how many a day? More...
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he uses the new televise medium with great success
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An Inspiring Quote from Edward R Murrow

Edward R Murrow was a daring and progressive CBS reporter from the middle of the last century who recognized the power of television to present the truth about vital issues of our times. He gave a speech in 1958 where he encouraged those involved in media to not shy aware from tough issues. If we do, the television will be just “flickering wires in a box.”

The Future We Want shares Mr. Murrow’s views that visual media can and should be used to illuminate the most pressing issues of our times.

Below is an excerpt from the speech:

“I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge, and retribution will not limp in catching up with us.

We are to a large extent an imitative society. If one or two or three corporations would undertake to devote just a small fraction of their advertising appropriation along the lines that I have suggested, the procedure would grow by contagion; the economic burden would be bearable, and there might ensue a most exciting adventure–exposure to ideas and the bringing of reality into the homes of the nation.

To those who say people wouldn’t look; they wouldn’t be interested; they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter’s opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost.

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”

― Edward R. Murrow

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