tropos jornalísticos: o repórter sacrificial em “Bayonetta”

No game de ação Bayonetta, há uma figura da autoimagem ou da mitologia jornalística que é bem comum: o repórter heroicamente dedicado à busca da verdade. Ao longo da narrativa, encontramos as notas de um certo Antonio Redgrave, que descrevem o universo do jogo (sobre a guerra entre seitas que controlam magia e soldados tanto do Paraíso quanto do Inferno). Lemos na primeira delas:

A Voyage Towards The Truth

I’ve been a journalist now for over twenty years, always aiming for the guiding light of truth, always pushing forward. I’ve believed that communicating the truth is the core tenet of all journalism, chasing it until my legs turn to rubber and the truth is burned into my retinas.

But my journalistic career has hit an incredible wall, and I must confess that I’ve been crushed under the weight of the path I have traveled. It all began upon seeing the stone-chiseled history of the old European city of Vigrid, and past the deep scars time had left behind. The passing of history has always been overseen by a select few, and they have left memories of a time stained with blood.

This fact is integral in understanding the big picture but it also causes one to hesitate before becoming involved in such a dark history. Treading down this path I believe so firmly in means I cannot afford to lose faith in my convictions. It may also mean that my life is put in jeopardy; however, I hold deep within my heart the hope that even after my soul has left this body, as long as these notes, my proof of being, are passed to the right man, future ages will also come to know the truth.

They say that some things come at ‘the cost of your life,’ but to me, truth IS my life. In this age filled with lies and deception, I forever pray that truth will shine its light on the path of righteousness. [grifos nossos]

A verdade como núcleo do jornalismo, cujo valor é maior do que o da a vida do jornalista, de tal modo justifica o seu sacrifício contanto que esclareça o público. Nesse sentido, escrever é alcançar transcendência — a reportagem ou a obra é a prova de que o sujeito existiu.

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