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October 31, 2005

Williams, "The Glass Menagerie"

Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Tom: "What do you think I'm at? Arent I supposed to have any patience to reach the end of, Mother? I know, I know. It seems unimportant to you, what I'm doing--what I want to do--having a little difference beteen them! You don't think that--"

This line from Tom perfectly describes the situation. Amanda is completely wrapped up in what her dreams used to be, that she cannot exist without pushing her children towards them.

Amanda's life seems to have gone well: she married for love, had two children, and seems financially stable. But in her eyes, things have deteriorated because her daughter isn't the same as she was. In some ways Laura has more depth. She is more introspective, and less materialistic than Amanda.

While reading Katie's blog she hinted at Laura eventually getting a "gentleman caller." I'm interested to see how she reacts to this.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 2:29 PM | Comments (0)

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch.6 & 7)

"Popular beliefs--however erroneous--rather than expert opinion largely determine our allocation of resouces to lessen and eliminate risks."

This is unfortunate. I realize that we live in a democratic republic, ruled by the will of the people, but "people" don't know about actual health risks and climactic change- experts do. And because of this democracy, experts are forced to become activists, sometimes streching the whole truth to achieve a more important end.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 8:22 AM | Comments (6)

October 27, 2005

Shakespeare in the Bush

"I told you that if we k new more about Europeans, we would find they really were very like us. In our our country also," he added to me, "the younger brother marries the elder brother's widow and becomes the father of his children."

This line caught my attention more than any other. It proved his English friend right. Different cultures cannot, in fact, interpret Shakespeare properly. It's a matter of context.

After hearing what would be considered a Eurpoean faux pax, committed by Claudius, the tribe affirms his actions as right. With this misunderstanding of culture, how then can the rest of the play make sense. Without thinking of it any further, they will dismiss Hamlet as crazy for no reason. The play takes on an entirely different meaning. The cultural differences are too great, and the interpretation too choppy for the elder's to understand the story. They are unable to read between the lines.

While an african tribe may not be able to understand contextual clues due to culture, differences in the English and American Cultures are not quite so dramatic. I think that Americans can probably understand Shakespeare just as well as any Englishman, as long as they know the basic history and culture of 15th century England.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 11:22 PM | Comments (0)

Ives, "Sure Thing"

Betty: So you didn't stop to talk because you're a Moonie, or have some wierd political affiliation--?

Bill: Nope. Straight-down-the-ticket Republican

(Bell.)

Bill: Straight-down-the-ticket Democrat.

(Bell.)

Bill: Can I tell you something about politics?

(Bell.)

Bill: I like to think of myself as a citizen of the universe.

(Bell.)

Bill: I'm unaffiliated.

Betty: That's a relief. So am I.

I love this sequence. I think that this interaction summarized the whole play. I enjoyed how "Sure Thing" didn't fit the mold of a standard play, but is it a well made play?

In the introduction, Gwynn points out the similarity to scenes from "Groundhog Day," and I couldn't agree more. He keeps getting chance after chance to get right. Even sometimes Bill says the same exact thing, but Betty's response is different.

The bell, as a tool, is unique. It brings the audience into the play and makes them feel involved too. The way the bell works, it's as if the bell operator is a seperate character with a sense of humor.

Overall I enjoyed the "play," if that's really what you call it. Quite funny.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 11:11 PM | Comments (2)

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 4 & 5)

"Scientific research... is flawed, because it relies on an invalid proxy... occasionally researchers are unable to measure something directly, so they must rely on a proxy instead."

I understand why scientists use proxies, but I think that journalists must be aware of the existence of proxies, and not over-exaggerate a study if it's based one. While some information revealed by the data could be true, it could result in false interpretation.

Imagine a study where scientists are trying to figure out why hermit crabs prefer to be submerged in water when the moon is out. The real reason they are underwater is because the moon is pulling the tide in, and they have no chioce-- but because of the nature of the study a headline could read "crabs Afraid of the Moon." For the crabs... it's not a matter of preference.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 11:13 AM | Comments (1)

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 2 & 3)

Making News Mountains out of Research Molehills

"Too often, research that is either preliminary or inconclusive (or both) receives almost reverential treatment in the press."

Is there a "Shocking New Science" news beat?


The Chapter's made clear that face-value statistics can't be trusted.

I wonder how long the chain of statistics falsification is. In another blog entry about child sexual abuse I found that one institution had trumped up some statistics for shock value. Since they were a government-sponsored program, could a journalist take that statistic as true and then spread more false information? How deep is the rabbit hole? If one organization falsifies or misinterprets statistics, then another can use it as a source and rebroadcast that information. The chain could go on indefinitely.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 11:01 AM | Comments (1)

It Ain't Necessarily So (Prologue, Intro & Ch. 1)

"Scientific research may at first glance sound specialized or even forbidding as a topic, but in fact it is research results--of a remarkable variety, from health news to environmental alarms to the latest findings on child-rearing practices--that increasingly construct the public agenda."

This is true, but when that scientific data is misinterpreted by the media, and is blown out of proportion?

"If raw data only become meaningful information that is usable when they are processed and organized, categorized and compared, then we need new management resources for understanding the news."

I think this is absolutely true. Often news sources publish statistics and "new finds" without contextualizing that new information. When scientists perform a study, they include all of the variables and conditions in their final report. News, because of it's nature, doesn't have the time or space to acknowledge such background information. The result is a misinformed "news-consumer."

Then the question arises- To what extent should news cover science? Should the scientists have their own PR magazine?

Posted by DavidDenninger at 10:52 AM | Comments (1)

Deceiving Statistics

In class the other day we discussed the National Alert Registry for sexual offenders. I was curious and checked it out--

http://www.registeredoffenderslist.org

Just to the right of the search boxes, they present a few "quick facts." One of them says,

"The chance that your child will become a victim of a sexual offender is 1 in 3 for girls & 1 in 6 for boys.
**Source: The National Center for Victims of Crime"

After having read the chapters 2-3 in "It Ain't Necessarily So" I was skeptical, so I checked the source. Sure enough the "quick fact" was trumped up. The information I found regarding "Child Sexual Abuse" was this:

Twenty-nine percent of female rape victims in America were younger than eleven when they were raped (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992).

According to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse's annual survey, state child protective agencies received 218,820 reports of child sexual abuse in 1996 (Wang & Daro, 1997). (Calculated by multiplying the estimated number of reported child victims (3,126,000) by the percentage of sexual abuse cases (7%).)

In the United States, at least 20% of women and 5% to 10% of men were sexually abused as children (Finkelhor, 1994).

Studies have not found differences in the prevalence of child sexual abuse among different social classes or races. However, parental inadequacy, unavailability, conflict and a poor parent-child relationship are among the characteristics that distinguish children at risk of being sexually abused (Finkelhor, 1994). According to the Third National Incidence Study, girls are sexually abused three times more often than boys, whereas boys are more likely to die or be seriously injured from their abuse (Sedlak & Broadhurst, 1996). Both boys and girls are most vulnerable to abuse between the ages of 7 and 13 (Finkelhor, 1994).

Just thought I'd share that find--

Posted by DavidDenninger at 9:36 AM | Comments (1)

October 26, 2005

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


--William Ernest Henley

Posted by DavidDenninger at 6:57 PM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2005

B2-1: Blogging Portfolio

Below are links to my blogging activity on various News Writing topics. These are my thoughts- from analyzing journalistic literature, to reflecting on class activities. Here is My Blog.

COLLECTION

Coverage:
AP Stylebook (p.338-368)
AP Guide to News Writing (Ch.11)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Prologue, Intro & Ch. 1)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 2 & 3)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 4 & 5)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 6 & 7)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 8 & 9)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Conclusion)
AP Guide to News Writing (Ch. 9-10)

Depth:
AP Stylebook (p.338-368)
AP Guide to News Writing (Ch.11)
10/21 Lab Reflection
Deceiving Statistics

Interaction and Xenoblogging:
Comment on Lorin's Blog
Comment on Rachel's Blog

Timeliness:

Discussions:
A Real Crime Beat Article
It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch. 6 & 7)

Wildcard
Reverse Filmology
Problems with Restitution
Interview: Modern Racism

Posted by DavidDenninger at 1:23 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2005

Yorick Eternalized

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 3-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Alas, poor Yorick!--I knew him,
Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he
hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred
in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung those
lips that I have kiss'd I know not how oft. Where be your gibes
now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that
were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your
own grinning? quite chap-fallen?

I've always thought short speech interesting. I wonder what metaphorical implications, if any, Hamlet is making here. He sees how Yorick's world has changed for the bleaker, and I think he is comparing it to his own. Hamlet's own fervor for life seems to have gone. He is obsessed with his mission of vengeance, and looking into the past, he denies himeself even happy memories- current events have voided their value to him.

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10/21 Lab Reflection

I thought that the lab on Friday was interesting. I realize the importance of us learning the kind of deadline pressure experienced by a professional journalist, but I don't think that the lab was an accurate illustration of it.

When a professional journalist is in the field, I think that he has more ample time to obtain names and quotes, and would be aware of background information. The pressure of time comes after all this information is gathered, and he must write a whole story based on it.

Instead, the lab measured our ability to write random facts with alacrity, and then reconstruct them into a story. I say this not to discredit the lab, for a journalist might need the same critical thinking skills in order to piece together a scandal or other story.

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AP Guide to News Writing (Ch.11)

"In features, the immediacy of the event is secondary...Compelling features supplement the straight news content in timely and topical ways: they illuminate events, offer perspective, explanation and interpretation, record trends, tell people about people.

Before reading this chapter I thought of features as almost unworthy of publication. I thought that they were only the simple anecdotes about someone's dog that nobody cared about. I learned, especially from reading the examples at the end of the chapter, that features can be very poignant and relative to current news.
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"If you feel the decorative impulse coming on, lie down until it goes away."

I just love that sentence.
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"Moving from the general to the particular is seldom as effective in feature writing as the other way around... Whenever possible, raise the curtain on a human actor and human action, not a juiceless stage setting."

I see the value of including certain anecdotes to draw in the reader, and make the article more emphatic.
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"Start your reporting and interviewing with an open mind. In time, and by dint of legwork and research, the story will assume a natural shape...At first, cast your net wide. You never know what facts and details, peripheral when you haul them in, will turn into treasure when you write."

I have experienced this first-hand. I wrote on article for the Setonian Online about the maintenance project to replace the natural gas lines under parking lot A. I did not know exactly what angle or direction to take, but once I started interviewing people the pieces came together.
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"Limit yourself to a manageable slice of the subject."

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October 20, 2005

Crime Beat Article

Security screener at JFK Airport charged with stealing $80,000 from checked bag

I saw this on www.drudgereport.com and thought of our news writing class. Different terminology is used that we have recently learned about like arraignment and conviction.
I think it is written without any libel.

What do you guys think?

Posted by DavidDenninger at 10:08 PM | Comments (1)

Shakespeare's Best Play

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 1 & 2) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Bernardo: Well may it sort, that this portentous figure
Comes armed through our watch; so like the king
That was and is the question of these wars.

I think that this line is a summation of the play. All of the drama and political events that occur are a direct result of the kings actions before death, and his death itself. Of the Shakespeare plays I have read, Hamlet is by far my favorite. I can't wait until Hamlet starts spewing monologues!

The beginning of the play always fascinated me because we see Hamlet's digression into seeming crazyiness. He plans in scene two to hold his tongue until the end saying, "But break my heart,--for I must hold my tongue! This ends up characterizing the whole play. He waits and waits, not telling anyone what he knows, or what he plans.

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AP Stylebook (p.338-368)

Libel: Injury to Reputation-"Words, pictures, cartoons, photo captions, and headlines can all give rise to claim for libel."

"There is no substitute for accuracy, and news organizations may face legal challenges to what they publish -- even when they have accurately reported statements made by someone else..."

How is a news organization supposed to delineate between fact and fiction in the case of a prank engagement call? Should they just not print engagements? I think they should just require the identity of the "caller" to be known, and then published with the announcement.

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"When it comes to the reporting of the fact that a plaintiff has filed a libel suit against a defendant, a newspaper could, in certain circumstances, be held responsible for repeating the libel that gave rise to the suit."

I was surprised to find that newspapers were liable even under these circumstances. My only concern is that the public won't know exactly what the accused did wrong, and maybe replicate it unknowingly.

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"When a newspaper publishes information about a public official and publishes it whithout actual malice, it should be spared a damage suit even though some of the information may be wrong."

This chapter "Supreme Court Decisions Regarding Libel Law," was the most interesting to me. To what extent do newpapers actually get away with libel in the case of public officials? I think that in some ways it is necessary to have an, "Uninhibited, robust, and wide-open... Debate on public issues," but it is also important to print the straight truth about them. It seems to me that politicians and public figures who effect change regarding public policy should be reported on as factually as possible, and not under looser guidelines.

While the rules we have about libel and public officials allow for more debate, unless we can maintain that "news" publications are not taking advantage of their "rights," than we endanger the public with agenda-ridden "reporting." News should not be "spared a damage suit even though some of the information may be wrong."

Posted by DavidDenninger at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2005

Marlowe, "The Tragedie of Doctor Faustus" (act III - finish)

It is important to consider the kind of messege this play sent about the Catholic church. Faustus' specifically asks Mephistophilis to empower him to, "In this show let me an actor be, That this proud Pope may Faustus' cunning see." There must be a reason Mephistophilis takes the shape of a monk...

Mephistophilis then talks gleefully of how such actions will,

"By coming in thine art to cross the Pope,
Or dash the pride of this solemnity,
To make his monks and abbots stand like apes,
And point like antiques at his triple crown:
To beat the beads about the friars' pates,
Or clap huge horns, upon the cardinals' heads,
Or any villainy thou can'st devise,
And I'll perform it, Faustus. Hark, they come:
This day shall make thee be admired in Rome.
"

I suppose that since this is a conjured devil speaking about the church in such a way, the audience will realize that having such an anti-church ideology was bad. Nonetheless the fact that the idea is readily introduced to the people says something about their religious loyalty, not to mention suggests corruption in the church-- remember Mephistophilis looks like monk, but is still a devil.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 12:18 AM | Comments (0)

Marlowe, "The Tragedie of Doctor Faustus" (up to act II)

I found Faustus to be a very interesting character. He reminded me somewhat of Golem from lord of the rings-- he is obsessed with evil magic, and refers to himself constantly in the third person, especially when perfoming a specifically dark act.

"Faustus, begin thine incantation, and try if devils will obey thy hest..."

What a freaky yet intriguing man. I think that he is somewhat insane... besides his obvious desire to perform dark arts, he convinces himself of goodness, saying, "I see there's viture in my heavenly words. Who would not be proficient in this art?"

Soon after conjuring up Mephistophilis, and somehow finding his actions vituous, he proclaims, "there is no chief but only Beelzebub...This word Damnation, terrifies not me."

Faustus obviously appears out of his mind, but the ends may justify the means. Only time will tell.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2005

10/11 Tribune Review Article

One of the interesting news/business articles in the Trib-Review's on tuesday was about the Sony plant finding sufficient employees this year.

(Tribune-Review Online)

While the subject was valuable, I couldn't help but notice some of the writing techniques the author used that we have recently discussed.

This article uses seven quotes from people, and each and every time the author tells us this by using the word "said." Because of this, the article appears to have no bias. The author sticks right to the information, and just tells the facts--it's a well written news piece.
Also, the first paragraph tells everything the whole rest of the story elaborates on, thus illustrating the use of the inverted pyramid.

--Something interesting I noticed was that the Trib-Review Online has a place where you can view the "most-read" articles, and it shows the top 5. All of them were sports related--

Posted by DavidDenninger at 10:17 PM | Comments (7)

Elements of Journalism: 9-10

"Journalism is our modern cartography. It creats a map for citizens to navigate society. That is its utility and its economic reason for being."

I love this metaphor. After all, "The journalist who writes what 'she just knows to be true,' without really checking first, is like the artist who draws sea monsters in the distant corners of the New World."

As wrong as false information and sensationalism in the newsroom is, how much do we as readers/viewers prefer it in our "news." Would we rather the facts, or the sensational picture?

We don't mind sacrificing the truth for entertainment.

"When the future is uncertain, and it is unclear how long you can stay in business unless you generate audience fast, which approach should you pursue?" Facts or Sensationalism?

I think that the response has been varied, but the print media has stayed more in touch with telling the story, and broadcast media has headed towards emotional stimulation and sensationalism.
Sites like www.drudgereport.com or the AP wire services are probably the most straightforward.

If "In the end journalism is an act of character," then there should be no sensationalism whatsoever. I agree with this ideal. Call me a purist, but wouldn't it be nice if this were the case? To read or watch the news without having to constantly combat sensational marketing ploys would be delightful.

Other people have questioned the unbiased-ness of articles catagorized as news- regarding current events, and even in major publications...

Another Lapse of Journalistic Integrity at The New York Times
Journalistic integrity or clever deception?
Journalistic Integrity?
Journalistic Truth
Bad Journalism

Posted by DavidDenninger at 1:01 PM | Comments (2)

Improving Our University

Modern educators should be, "conscious of the meaning of education," says Art Therapy Director Nina Denninger. Education comes from the Latin word "educe," which according to Webster's Dictionary means to draw out something hidden, latent, or reserved, and to lead it forth. It implies the bringing out of potential. Our university, in order to be a truly educational institution, must successfully draw out each individual's unique ability. Rather than expect learning to happen through a barrage of sometimes-useful assignments, the university should take advantage of its exquisitely small student to professor ratio, and design coursework that elicits personal responses.

In order for a student to recognize his own potential, his professor must provide assignments that encourage exploratory initiative. In this way students can discover themselves. "Education tends to be far richer for students when they can make connections and establish meaning based on their own life experiences," says Denninger. Professors who conceptualize education as simply an imparting of information, fail to capitalize on student's inherent interests and motivations." Rather than shrink into the nothingness between his mind and the classroom's four walls, his individual potential can be realized.

Any sort of "cookie cutter" approach to education inevitably disadvantages the students. To remedy this, professors can take a constructivist approach, which, according to Professor Denninger, "is predicated on acknowledging that we all construct our own realities." She even goes so far as to say, "Constructivism is the theoretical paradigm that underlies [her] educational practice." All people, coming from different backgrounds, and having learned lessons based on unique personal experiences, utilize education differently. Creating assignments that donít leave room for the expression of individual differences results in the failure of the school system to acknowledge individual strengths. Assigning exercises that are assessed using a more flexible grading system can encourage students to risk exploring personal connections with the required curriculum.

A constructivist approach to education is possible. Web sites like www.myspace.com and www.facebook.com document the passions, hobbies, and beliefs of individual students. Educators could benefit from studying these sites and looking for ways to integrate students' personal interests into their curricula. The result could be infinitely more engaged students who retain and apply the material they've been taught.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 12:48 PM | Comments (0)

Elements of Journalism: 6-8

I thought that the idea of investigative reporting was a good one, but I think some news sources try too hard. Sometimes is seems like, expecially in broadcast journalism, that the entire news report is like watching a "hollywood dirt" feature on ET. I realize the importance of the news acting as an "exposer," but reporters, in all mediums, try too hard to find flaws the flaws in people, events, and organizations. Of course, this is a generalization- fair reporters must be out there.

"Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power."

If the news sources consistently play the role of devil's advocate, are they really an independent monitor of power that the people can trust?

Posted by DavidDenninger at 12:32 PM | Comments (2)

October 10, 2005

B1-2: Blogging Portfolio

Below are links to my blogging activity on various News Writing topics. These are my thoughts- from analyzing journalistic literature, to reflecting on actually covering an event. Here is My Blog.

COLLECTION

Coverage:
AP Guide to News Writing Chapters 5-7
Elements of Journalism: Chapters 6-8
Elements of Journalism: Chapters 9-10
10/11 Tribune Review Article

Depth:
Elements of Journalism: Chapters 9-10

Interaction and Xenoblogging:
Comment on Katie's Blog
Comment on Ashlee's Blog
Comment on Lorin's Blog

Timeliness:
Elements of Journalism: Chapters 9-10

Discussions:
Elements of Journalism: 6-8
10/11 Tribune Review Article
Elements of Journalism: Chapters 9-10

Wildcard
Improving Our University

Posted by DavidDenninger at 1:40 PM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2005

Catholic Recruiting

Anonymous, York Corpus Christi Plays -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Since the plays were performed as part of a day-long celebration of Corpus Christi -- the presence of the Body of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist -- they upheld the authority of the Church as a theological and moral guide for living in this world and the next. (http://jerz.setonhill.edu/resources/PSim/yorkintro.html)

The fact that the ceremony served to "uphold the authority of the Church," less than surprised me. Every line in "The Crucifixion" play reminds the audience of the pain Jesus went through-- It must send the people who are less-than-perfect models of morality on quite a guilt trip... and boost church membership!

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Hubris of the (Middle) Ages

Anonymous, York Corpus Christi Plays -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Cherub: Since Lucifer, our leader, is fallen and marred,In Hell to be burned for his prideful intent;

Just like the greeks, this anonymous medieval writer uses hubris and hamartia in his story. "The Fall of Lucifer" reminds the audience of the gravity of having a fatal flaw like pride. I thought it interesting that the good angels accepted Lucifer's punishment as a proper means to teach him a lesson. Wouldn't "good angels" by advocates for forgiveness?

Soldier 1: And let him fall in all at once.
For surely, that pain has no peer!

In "The Crucifixion," the audience sees how time and time again, the soldiers speak casually about how it's good for Jesus to suffer. Are they the equivalent to "good angels?" I realize that the comparison of Jesus' crucifiers and angels is a radical one, but in the context of both these plays they (the soldiers and angels) each condone the method of punisment used to "teach" the "wrong-doers" a lesson.

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October 4, 2005

Chapters 5-7

Journalese:
I am defenitely guilty of using journalese. After reading the chapter on it, I went back and looked over some writing I did for my high school newspaper, and it was loaded with it-- it was something we never covered. Since we were trying to best emulate professionals, we used the same lingo as we were reading, and unfortuately became proficient journalese-ers.

Tone:
Good information to know, though something I already learned. I should listen to what I write-- even words with the same defined meaning have different connotative meanings.

Pitfalls:
Use "said" whenever possible when quoting someone. Anything other word implying someone said something undoubtedly means something more than just them saying it.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)

Fuddy Meers Refledton

Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Richard: "Somebody lose some bacon?"

Possibly--but more like some marbles!
Fuddy Meers is a really strange play. Lorin said that the language the play used, turned it into more of a comedy. While I see her point, I never even smiled while reading this. Every time a new character was introduced, they were more messed up than the last-- and I love the character descriptions in the front of the play. Especially,

"Limping man- about 40, a lisping, limpoing, half-blind, half-deaf man with secrets."

Just the kind of guy to meet in a dark alley... or... ever.

Gertie's speech problem was a bit much. I think that her lines could at least have the meaning written beneath them- not in the back of the book.

I didn't really like the play. The character's were too wierd for me to empathize with any of them, and the domestic violence was too serious for me to find any of the play funny.

Posted by DavidDenninger at 11:50 AM | Comments (3)

Qualities of Life: Personified

Discretion: "Everyman, advise you first of all;
Go with a good advisement and deliberation;
We all give you virtuous monitiion
That all shall be well."

I thought it was interesting to see the different sides of human thought: discretion, confession, strength, etc., personified as characters. People often think according to one "catagory" or "train" of thought at a time. When confronted with death, the Everyman must one, or sometimes two at a time, analyze his character. He recognizes what parts of his character are strong and reliable, and what parts are lacking.

I wonder why the playwright wrote a play reminding his audience that, "For after death amends may no man make." Considering its medieval origins, perhaps the playwright was accurately suggesting that the medieval times were lacking in morality.


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