Scripted Reality

by Vladimir Čajkovac
Follow Up Magazine #29, October 2017

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What plot line excites your interest? In the first years following the discovery of HIV, the news stories about AIDS resembled sensational horror flicks and kitschy tearjerkers. The author describes how the disease has been staged as a media spectacle.

“Based on a true story” is a formula often used and even more often misused by the film industry. It lends stories credibility and promises authenticity. Yet due to its malleable meaning, it can be manipulative. Obviously AIDS is an undeniable reality, but nonetheless, we must ask ourselves how and through what eyes we are perceiving the disease as an event, as a narrative and phenomenon.

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