As the UK awakes to a night of storm battering I know not to turn the television news on and stick to the radio. Why? Because I know that an infinite number of ‘news’ reporters will be reporting live in the strong winds and rain, barely able to stand or be heard just to show a supposedly brain dead public that the wind and rain they see outside their windows is also happening too in TV news land.
Later on a political reporter will be standing outside 10 Downing street to show that the report is political in nature.
Does a visual element always lead to dumbing down or is it just that an intelligent use of visuals is a rare art much like the intelligent use of a business powerpoint presentation without just listing bullet points?