The Force of Documentary

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Working Wednesday: The Force of Documentary

Documentary: "Using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject" - Oxford Dictionary

Documentary is one of the oldest formats on television that is still popular today. Because of it's versatility you can produce a documentary on any subject. From Ancient Rome to a call centre in Swansea, learning about life, the planet, the history of us and contemporary life has been explored, filmed and broadcast for many viewers to see. Using documentary as an educational tool has been thoroughly exploited. There's something that little bit more romantic and imaginative about showing a documentary on the Pre Raphaelites than reading about it in a text book. 

Documentary brings out the voyeur in us, with our arguably unhealthy obsession with looking into people's lives. We ask why, but it's simply human nature. The Greeks sculpted stunningly breathtaking statues of us, Shakespeare wrote plays on the intricacies of the human psyches and the human conditions, and we, who live in the digital age, film it.

It can either bring people together or pull them apart. With the world opening up a little more, as it were, there are more opportunities to film different cultures in different geographical locations. You can follow Simon Reeve through Greece from the comfort of your own home and you can journey to these exotic places through the documentary and learn more about cultures and the beautiful world we live in.

 It's no wonder the documentary has survived and thrived for so long!