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It Ain't Necessarily SO EL227: Ch. 1 & Intro.

Is it that we are fooled by the media or we , consumers, fool the media by asking for more, demanding more out of the news? By misleading information or to much information, do we really benefit from this? and if so how? I feel that the media obtains too much information in an attempt to present the information scientifically, but presents it to their audience in a word or time constraint. Therefore we, the consumer, do not recieve the information as we would like, accurately, facts based on science and mathematic statistics are then valuable when presented to the public. Ex. Cancer rates are higher in neighborhoods within a 5 mile radius of a 7-11 convience store. There are no details or any other stats or even who this pertained to. Are we, the consumers of news, okay with the information we recieve, or do we want to know the details based on claritiy and certainity? "How can we as citizens judge responsiblilty when we are so dependent upon the fidelity of transmission from the laboratory or government agency to our morning headlines?" (8) Research must cross through many barriers on the way to the morning headlines. Advocacy groups shape and prune results, government agencies put political pressure on the interpertations, and journalists bring their professional interests but limited scientific capacities. The pen is mightier than the sword! "Published news in the newspaper is still regarded as more authoritative and is therefore more commonly cited by policy figures than are broadcst news accounts or even television science specials." (11)

Chapter 1.
If a story is covered, it is newsworthy. Is it? If a tree falls in the woods and we do not see it, does it exist? A question that relates to the news, published or not. News is what appears in the newspapers. "It is useful to be aware of the news that is not there. Even the best newspaper could not offer anything like an accurate reproduction and distillation of reality. Reporters are human and prone to error, due to the news not being an objective reality." (32) What I liked best about chapter1 was the quote "Reality can't be reproduced in a half hour news cast. The news is a result of subjective decisions" What I interpertated this to mean was, if a news report were to print or cast everything that is newsworthy, the news would be 24 hours a day, non-stop. News that is not there presents a problem that isn't always soluable. Tuning into several different newspapers, all from different sources can alleviate the complex situation. Therefore, WHEN a tree falls in the woods, it does exist!

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Good insite, you are very elaborate! I like how you say if the news were to report everything it would take a 24hour day, which sadly is kinda true, Though we want to be accurate and not withold information, we cannot report every detail, but only the ones that will get people to listen.

Jeremy, great blog kiddo. Just to second what you said about how the news would be 24 hours long if it reported all of the information that could be given; I never really thought of it like that, so I'm glad you brought it up. It's an interesting way to look at news, and actually seems very true. Also that we only hear about the information that "get people to listen" like Carrie said, which is also true, because news these days seems to be made to get veiwers/readers attention and then to give the facts that will make them listen-so they keep watching/reading. I like how your ideas could be tied together with this one, because she says how information is taken out and you say that info is taken out because if it wasn't the news would be going on for 24 hours...nice.

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