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Dumb and Dumberer: when Rozy met Guildy

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"We've done nothing wrong! We didn't harm anyone!" -Ros to Guil, page 125, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

 

First of all, Hamlet has been knocked down quite a few pegs in my book.He somewhat heartless to me now. R and G are kind of bumbling oafs. For God's sake, they forget where they are and what they are doing half of the time. They are near completely clueless. They can't even remember their own names at times! These poor men, having no control over what was happening to them. I can't even imagine how Stoppard came up with this idea. R and G were used as pawns in Hamlet's chess game of revenge (yes, I know that's sort of a lame analogy). They did nothing to deserve such a fate. (And I really mean nothing...they were confused most of the play).

Purgatory and Cocaine Underwear

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"After one year in Purgatory Correction Facility in Purgatory Flats, Utah, Warren Jeff's trial began".

I just have to make a comment: isn't Purgatory just the greatest name ever for a jail? (gotta love the irony)

Now to be serious. The first article I read centered Warren Jeffs. Jeffs has offically been charged with two felonies,two counts of rape; however, he did not comitt them. As the the leader of a sect of the FLDS church, Jeffs reportedly ordered a 14 year old to marry her 19 year old cousin against her will. He is facing the charges for being an accomplice to the union. Jeffts was arrested after the girl finally reported him to the police. She found release from the church when she became pregnant with anothe man's child. Polce found enough evidence against him, including statements from ex church members of past silmilar behavior, to charge Jeffs with two counts of rape. The case against Jeffs has moved past the grand jury. He has been arraigned and the trial has begun.

The victim is referred to as "Jane Doe", presumably because she is so embarassed by what has happened to her.
Also, nowhere in the article does it mention that the FLDS church is only an extremist sect of the mormon religion. There is no statement saying that the Mormon religion outlawed poligamy over 100 years ago. Warren Jeffs is just one extremist who is damaging the reputation of a religion. leaving crucial details like this out of a stroy can help further generalizations and prejudices against certain groups of people.

The next article I read was about a man who hid cocaine in the semmingly most unlikey of places: his undergarments. The man is being charged with a felony: posession of narcotics with intent of the manufacture and delivering of cocaine, and a misdemeanor: posession. He is being charged with two different crimes and will receive two differnt sentences. The article is very brief and only states what happened when the police found him. The article has a reason for being brief: the crime was committed only two days ago. It is a breaking story. There has no been sufficent time to research the criminal background (if any) of the suspect. Since there is an extreme lack of information, it can only be assumed that the reason why this particular case is newsworthy is because it is unusual. After all, its not every day that 8.2 grams of coke in someone's underwear.

A Purpose

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"Reporting on crime is important to give society an overall view of the criminal justice system."-Lisa R Manns, "Covering Crime and Its Victims"

Most people do no have a clear understanding of how the justice system works. They may not have studied government or gone to law school. People understand through example. It is a journalist's job to explain to the public how the criminal justice system is at work in each case. This is how the public comes to understand the system. If something is amiss or corrupt in the justice system, people will read about it in the paper. When informed, they may be able to correct it. Perhaps more importantly, if the crime was committed nearby and affects people in the area, they need to be informed so that they can protect themselves against further dangers.

example: "...suspect is still at large."- the suspect could be potentially dangerous. People need to know he is still capable of hurting others so that they can take the proper precaution.

Sometimes, further crimes can be prevented by examining past cases. For example, rape: if a rape victim decides to talk to the press about their experience, further rapes can be prevented. The victim can help by exlaining how the crime happened (i.e. where they were attacked, when). If the rapist hid in a dark alley at night, concelaing himself, people will be more cautious when walking alone at night. Thus preventing more instances. Examining a crime allows you to see how it could have been prevented and what precautions to take in the future.


Chapter 3-5....guilty as charged

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"The goal...is to stress those angles that are least like the routine of other stories" (27).

If is the news does not seem interesting, the journalist must write in a way that makes an ordinary story unordinary. I immediatly thought of the Gomez article from the previous class. The writer wrote the story in such a way that the reader felt "so what?" This comes  natural to me.I have had quite a few article topics which were less than exciting, but I tried to make them interesting.

 I must say that I have done everthing this book says not to. I have used the double decking technique so many times when finding myself 100 words or so shy of my limit.

Attribution was the way I would start off my articles. Due to writing so many research papers in my lifetime, I am used to the quote-explanation-quote-explanation formula.People are not stupid; they do not need to hear the same information twice.

My biggest problem, so far, has been the use of journalese. Only having a semester with no prior experience as a journalist, I had no idea as to the style of newswriting. I would write what sounded familiar, what I had heard before. Journalese has become so over-used and hackneyed. I am ashamed to say that, last semester, I actually used the phrase "this reporter". Familiar doesn't necessarily mean correct.

Boooooooooo, I'm a ghost.....and I may or may not be lying

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"A Serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death........o, horrible, most horrible"

In the preceding speech, the ghost of Hamlet's father tells Hamlet of how he was murdered by Claudius. The ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his death. But why doesn't Hamlet just run out and kill Claudius? The play is five acts long. There has to be a reason.

 Roberts, in Chapter 5 of Writing About Literature, states that a "suspense story keeps the protagonist ignorant but provides readers with abundant details in order to maximize concern and tension about the outcome".  For our sake, we have to believe that the ghost is telling the truth. In order for the rest of the play to happen, Hamlet has to believe that what the ghost told him is not necessarily true. The next two acts are about Hamlet discovering the truth ( and distracting the rest of the characters while he does). Moreover, when Hamlet discovers the truth, he has doubts about how to act: when to kill his uncle (for the death must be significant; it cannot be hapdash) and what will happen to himself in the process (the infamous 'to be or not to be' speech is not about suicide, rather Hamlet's fear that he will die in the process of correcting injustice). There are so many ways the story could turn (the poision cup, the poison sword) in the final scene, and no one knows prior what will happen.

 

Hamlet is not soley a revenge story: otherwise it would have been a one act play. It is, instead, a suspense story.

Accidents

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I found a lot of problems with the Gomez article. The victims of the accident were not identified: they were only named as boy and girl (yes it is true that the boy's name was not released, but the girl could have been identified). While the article did name the time, location, and driver, it failed to mention anything about the parents (i.e. where were they when the accident happened, why weren't they watching thier kids, what was their reaction, etc.). There are also no eye witness accounts: there is only one quote from a Highway Poatrl spokesman. A good news story is supposed to have at least 3 sources. The article was was too short and under-informative.

 

The other article that I chose to read was titled "Indiana Family Says Police Didn't Look for Teens After Car Accident; Pair Later Found Dead". This article was well-written. Not only did it include nearly all of the essentails from the accident story checklist, but included the proper number of souces, including the parents of the dead. accident stories draw people in by emotions: the quotes from the heart broken parents draw the reader in. The Gomez article had no quotes from people on what they thought of the accident. That article was kind of numbing and banal because there was nothing on the page that made the reader feel. The only thing that should have been mentioned is what the two boys were doing when their car veered off the road: were they drinking or speeding? is another vehicle at fault? where were the boys going to?

Accidents

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I found a lot of problems with the Gomez article. The victims of the accident were not identified: they were only named as boy and girl (yes it is true that the boy's name was not released, but the girl could have been identified). While the article did name the time, location, and driver, it failed to mention anything about the parents (i.e. where were they when the accident happened, why weren't they watching thier kids, what was their reaction, etc.). There are also no eye witness accounts: there is only one quote from a Highway Poatrl spokesman. A good news story is supposed to have at least 3 sources. The article was was too short and under-informative.

 

The other article that I chose to read was titled "Indiana Family Says Police Didn't Look for Teens After Car Accident; Pair Later Found Dead". This article was well-written. Not only did it include nearly all of the essentails from the accident story checklist, but included the proper number of souces, including the parents of the dead. accident stories draw people in by emotions: the quotes from the heart broken parents draw the reader in. The Gomez article had no quotes from people on what they thought of the accident. That article was kind of numbing because there was nothing on the page that made the reader feel. The only thing that should have been mentioned is what the two boys were doing when their car veered off the road: were they drinking or speeding? is another vehicle at fault? where were the boys going to?

Call Me Crazy?????........

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"How strange or odd some'er I bear myself, (As I perchance hereafter shall meet to put an antic disposition on) That you, at suc times, seeing me, never shall, with arms encumbered thus, or this head shake, or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, As 'Well, well we know..."

 

Hamlet speaks to Marcellus and Horatio, warning then that if he should appear to be acting crazy, they must not let anybody know what has happened that night. (This is the night that Hamlet saw the ghost of his father). He is warning them that he is not actually crazy.

 

Hamlet is only acting crazy to distract Claudius, Gertrude and the rest. He needs to distract people while he snoops around for more information concerning his father's murder. (Let's face it: ghosts aren't exacly reliable sources of information). We know he is not crazy because Bernardo, Marcellus, and Horatio also saw the ghost (before Hamlet did, I might add) 

What just happened????

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Dr Jerz, I was in the process of completing WB4 part two when the window for some reason closed. Now it says I have a zero percent when I had completed all but the essay questions. I am fsort of freaking out. What do I do?

 

Also, jweb will not let me complete workbook 4 part one either

now presenting.....

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a trackback test for El237

Testing Trackback

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here be my trackback.....

Yay I think I did it right

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