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    To fall far short of


    Hi,

    Could anyone please simplify the sentence below? what does " the intimacy of involvement" refer to?



    It falls far short, however, of taking full advantage of the medium’s potential to serve as a vicarious political experience and to offer benefit from the intimacy of the involvement.


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    Re: To fall far short of

    What is the source of this quotation, and who wrote it?

    What does 'It' refer to?

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    Re: To fall far short of

    And what medium does it refer to?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: To fall far short of

    Hi,

    Here is the context that I have:


    The visual information presented in televised news constitutes an important underused and underestimated information resource. After pointing out that human brains extract valuable information from audiovisuals more quickly and more easily than from purely verbal information, the author discusses the advantages of audiovisual processing. They include a more comprehensive and errorfree grasp of information, better recall, and greater emotional involvement. Attention then turns to research findings about the content and format of current television news. It is richer than generally believed in significant visually conveyed information that is not covered by the words. It falls far short, however, of taking full advantage of the medium’s potential to serve as a vicarious political experience and to offer benefit from the intimacy of the involvement. The article ends with a plea to focus television news on information that citizens in the postGutenberg era really need to know in order to carry out the civic functions that they actually perform.


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    Re: To fall far short of

    I think it means that TV news is a bit impersonal and doesn't engage the viewers as much as it could.

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