for context, i stumbled on this movie when trying to find out where that common cyberpunk referential trope of the glitchy-white-guy-on-weird-pattern thing came from.
turns out it's Max Headroom, an artificial news anchor who featured in several different pieces of media in the 80s, but who first showed up in this incredibly cyberpunk hour-long movie that gave him a backstory
this opening sequence was super confusing the first time through, but now that i know what's going on it makes more sense.
this guy's a kind of runner/journalist, he lugs his camera around and tries to get inside footage of strange stuff that's going on
he's very popular, so he can do things that his network doesn't like.