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October 31, 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So CH 6-7

Newspapers are interested in just telling us the answers, but the answers are sometimes determined(and always influenced) by the question. So no matter what, you are never going to get a straight-forward answer. The order in which you ask questions, your tone, how you emphasize words can all lead to a different answer.
Americans love drama. You see teens watching Laguna Beach which is full of drama, and all other types of gossip shows. That is why we also love to read it in the paper. But we love to see someone fall, or see a great hero come and save the day. I think that is why journalists find a vignette to go along with their story; if the story really is not that compelling. They are trying to sell the story even though it is not that great.

Posted by Denamarie at October 31, 2005 09:38 AM

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You state very interesting points, Denamarie! Personally, I would rather watch or read about something dramatic, terrible, or amazing then read about something that is just "ho-hum." Laguna Beach is definately my favorite television show. This is because there is so much drama betweent kristin, alex, stephen, jason, lc...the list is endless. The producers made the show so dramatic because they knew this would be a good way to keep the viewers at home interested. This is just what reporters do, only in words. Reporters will in fact, try to make stories seem larger then they really are. They will make a mountain out of a molehill in order to grab the reader's attention.

Posted by: ElyseBranam at October 31, 2005 10:33 AM

Hmm, your entry just reminded me of a scene from the first Spiderman movie (the first of the two recently-made ones); it's that scene where the Green Goblin has Spiderman tied up and is trying to convince him to give up his superhero ways and turn to a life of crime, instead. The Goblin says something about how the people of the city love to see a hero "fail, fall, die trying" -- which I think is similar to the point you made here.

On a side note -- imagine having Jameson as your editor. Yikes.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 31, 2005 11:20 AM

You're very right. Everyone loves drama and trouble. ESPECIALLY when it's REAL drama and trouble. This is true until it hits close to home, and then everyone is so angry that this drama or trouble is being so publicized. I know this doesn't really have much to do with the reading, but it is true.

Posted by: Chera Pupi at November 1, 2005 03:28 PM

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