October 18, 2003

It Aint Necessarily So!

My assignment was to find to stories that can relate to the topics that were depicted in the book and to talk about how they compare and contrast. The first story that I came across was about the illegitimate birth rate in the year 2002. One of the things that the author speaks about is what is considered newsworthy and what is not. When I went to search for illegitimate birth that was the title that I typed into my search engine. Even still the most relevant story that was brought to my attention was one that only had a small blurb in it about illegitimate birth at all. The overview of the story was that the homicide rate for infants has increased in the United States from abortion. The only thing that the article articulated about the illegitimacy birth rate in the United States was displayed in a five-line paragraph that said that the rate had increased because it has become more common for mothers to abandon their newborns. This goes back to the point of It Aint Necessarily So was trying to say. If a story is not considered newsworthy a writer will be determined to find an angle to write the same story at but make it more interesting. So while the illegitimacy rate was the main topic the overview of the story was on the increase in abortion.
The next story that I came across was the nations crime rate in 2003. While reading IANS I learned that the nations crime right was on the rise in 1994 but it wasn’t publicized very well at all. But then in 1995 the rate went down and it was well articulated. In the article that I found it was said that the nations crime rate has been decreasing since 1993, which is either covering the rise of 1994 or the author of the article, was ignorant to that fact. In any instance this article says that all though the violent rate is down the murder rate is up. But as you read into the article you see that the murder rate is up by not by much. What does this say? This says that what is still almost considered newsworthy will make the news. An example said in the book that good news in not news and bad news is big news and this article remedies that thought.

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at October 18, 2003 01:39 PM

Carla, it looks like you found some provocative stuff. I feel that I would be able to comment more meaningfully on what you found if you included the URLs of the pages that you found, so I could read them myself. (You also wouldn't have to summarize as much -- you could just link and then give your opinion, so that I could click the link and then offer my own opinion.) I enjoyed reading your comments.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 19, 2003 10:58 PM

Please split it up too. Paragraphs are easier to read than chunks of text.

Posted by: Amanda at October 20, 2003 08:46 PM
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