Originally Posted by Lomac
Documentaries: Presenting biased opinions, one highly edited cut scene at at time.
Not saying that's the case in this situation, but it's something to always keep in the back of your mind when watching this type of film.
I think it is so important to be mindful of the fact that ALL visual culture fed to us are framed in a way to guide our discourses. That said, we are part of a vetting culture. With the internet being so vast, with forums like this, we are able to approach things with a critical eye. I'm sure if someone was really passionate about a subject, let's use Blackfish in this case, one could just go beyond the documentary and do more research.
I think that's a better way to look at documentaries and other variants of visual culture that spark discourse. They're the catalyst. The sick feeling we get when we finish the film, that gut wrenching cloud that lingers days later...all of that amounts to an emotional push to either do something about what we've learnt, or to learn more.
Another example of excellently edited scenes would be the Kony campaign. That went viral with very little information in the actual footage shared via YouTube. So you're right, documentaries present biased opinions, perfected cut scenes and emotional evoking soundtracks. The important thing is to understand WHY these elements are in play, and how we as the audience receive it, and what we can do about it.