If It's Too Bad to Be True, It Could Be DISINFORMATION
1985 | 00:17:00 | United States | English | Color
Collection: Single Titles
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In a fusion of text and image, Rosler re-presents the NBC Nightly News and other broadcast reports to analyze their deceptive syntax and capture the confusion intentionally inserted into the news script. The artist addresses the fallibility of electronic transmission by emphasizing the distortion and absurdities that occur as a result of technical interference. Stressing the fact that there's never a straight story, Rosler asserts her presence in a character-generated text that rolls over the randomly erased images, isolating excerpts from the broadcast sources. The work then reverts to intact excerpts, which we view with a new perspective. In Rosler's barrage of media information, the formal structure is inseparable from her political analysis.