Media Ethics: Murrow and Trivial Media

Howard Good’s Fall 2014 Media Ethics class were asked to create films interpreting this quote by Theodor W. Adorno: “Triviality is evil – triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”


This video was an interpretation of the quote by Theodor Adorno in regard to modern media. Television news is becoming more and more focused on entertainment, and through such viewership, than content and information.

Creators: Anne Jacobs and Gianna Smorto


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Kristin Kelly, Mariah Brown and Kelly Brennan created this piece, which evaluates the triviality of Chris Rock’s “Saturday Night Live” skit about the Boston marathon bombing, the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This video depicts triviality perpetuated by the media and was created by Rebekah Zink and edited by Caroline Zink.

This piece shows the agony of enduring trivial media using footage from “A Clockwork Orange” and was created by Matthew Ploss.

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