I Would Read it on a Plane, I Would Read it in the Rain
While I suspect it would be difficult to write about Dr. Seuss in a way that would inspire fury and indignation, after the first week of class, it was nice to read a piece of newswriting that was neither shallow or sensationalistic. Clark and Scanlan quickly dispel any preconceived notions about journalists acting solely as a white glove on the dust-ridden shelf of society. "A cynical school of thought would have us believe that journalists are exploiters of their sources, that they ultimately violate their confidence for the sake of an interesting piece" (165). However, it is through gaining the trust of the interviewee that the reporter catches candid truths that paint a reality; and it is through honoring that trust that the reporter gains new interviewees.
I thought this profile read like an interesting piece of fiction, in contrast to the more rigid articles often found in the paper. Writing a profile would be an interesting challenge in some cases; portraying someone famous as human, but not too human. Their "normal" qualities would have to be brought out so others could relate to them, but there would still have to be a certain level of awe, so the readers know why they're reading about this person in the first place. Often, if I'm reading a profile about a celebrity, and the celebrity seems too normal (snacking on some stale Doritos, and turning down that limo ride to the photo shoot), I find myself slightly suspicious. I guess even though it's nice to know the rich and famous are like the rest of us, there has to be something outlandish about the way they live; otherwise, who would we alternatively mock and envy?